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  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • How to Mate Your Opponent

    How to Mate Your Opponent   "Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation: As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More

  • Formation Attack Strategies Book (June 2012)

    Formation Attack Strategies The much awaited sequel to the best selling book, “Formation Attacks”, has arrived. “Formation Attack Strategies” is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 579 fabulous attack games from a... | Read More

  • When Castles Attack

         There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here:  Checkmate by Castling.      This type of mate is so ra... | Read More

  • The Wooden Horse

    We have just entered 2014 which is the year of the Wooden Horse. It should be a lucky year for people who take care of their wooden horses on a daily basis. Of course I am talking about chess players. For the majority of people the Wooden Hor... | Read More


    • Philidor's mate

      I was once again fortunate in a blitz game, managing to find a smothered mate in a doubtful looking position. Of course this isn't the highest quality chess, and required some unintentional cooperation from my opponent, but it still gave me a smal... | Read More

    • Smothered Mate

      Can you solve the smothered mate?  | Read More

    • The Blackburne Shilling Gambit

      Hello Chess Fans, Today we will review a somewhat common trap seen in the Italian Game: The Blackburne Shilling Gambit.  It is characterized by the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4 Steinitz said, "Black's third move, objectively speaking... | Read More

    • Smothered Mate in Bullet

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    • Is the Bishop more powerful than the Knight? #2

      From my point of view, or rather a beginner's point of view, during the OPENING, bishops cannot do much except development or protect other pieces since they can be easily block by pawns. Knights are better both in defense and offense, not mention... | Read More




  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead of responding directly to the threat... Read More »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »

  • Fool's Mate

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    Fool's mate, also known as the "two-move checkmate," is the quickest possible checkmate in the game of chess. One example consists of the moves leading to the position shown... There are eight slight variations on the pattern — White might p... Read More »

  • Maties

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    Hello you are going to see funny checkmates that I and other people will put in here like mate in two and other fun checkmates with rooks, kings, knights,bishops, pawns, and queens. Read More »

  • Minor Pieces Checkmates

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    MINOR Pieces Are Rarely used for mate  It sometimes only used for support mate Im gonna serve you with some puzzle in a position where king is in the Corner/Edge of the board and , we got a few minor pieces(Bishop, Knight, and maybe a Pawn) I thi... Read More »