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  • Pawn Endgames: A Practical Guide

    Let us begin with a small challenge. Take a look at the following diagram: It is the starting position, stripped of all pieces except kings. If you managed to examine it without a yawn, eye roll, or grimace, you have passed the test . ... | Read More

  • The King Hunt, Revealed

    To me, the term king hunt invariably conjures up an image of a bygone era, when chess was played over coffee and cigars at the Café de la Régence. With defensive tenacity largely considered a hindrance to the game's beauty, spec... | Read More

  • In Pursuit Of Zugzwang

    Zugzwang in chess seems like a simple concept: being forced to move even when it's disadvantageous.   To me, zugzwang is the saudade of chess; a straightforward idea on the surface, but a profound and fascinating concept on the in... | Read More

  • The Touch Move Rule

    The touch move rule is the most basic rule of tournament chess.  Even people who don't play chess at all know that when a chess player intentionally touches one of his pieces, he must make a move with this piece (of course if such a legal mov... | Read More

  • You Must Know This Powerful Endgame Pattern

    There are many basic endgame rules you can find in any chess manual: Centralize your king! Create an outside passed pawn!  Rooks should be placed behind passed pawns! ...I bet you've heard them dozens of times.  And yet one very... | Read More


    • Brostein game

      I like reading this game,because it gives some practices.It is good to know opening theory but it counts maybe more to play good the middlegame,white maybe was better from the openning but 10.fe6 and 15.Ne4 were rather bad moves,also black finnaly... | Read More

      • dimis283
      • | May 20, 2015
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    • A Mighty Fortress - Part 1

      In today's blog post, we will look at fortress positions. We will look at what they are and look at a couple examples. We will look at a position that I reached in a recent game and decide whether it is a fortress or not. Continue on to learn mor... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Apr 25, 2015
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    • Zugzwang

      Encontrar las variantes de mate en la presente posicion. | Read More

    • the ultimate zugzwang(mate in 2)

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      • krishh2883
      • | Apr 21, 2015
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    • Montana Open - Round 4

      Round 4 was perhaps the toughest one of the tournament. My opponent had a much lower rating, but he was a solid player who caught me napping and drew first blood when I left a center pawn hanging. That woke me up fast, and we went into a 70-plus ... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Apr 20, 2015
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Video Lessons



  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Read More »

  • Tempo

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    In chess, tresesponded to. In this case, since both players have "lost" a tempo, the net result in terms of time is nil, but the change brought about in the position may favor one player more than the other.   Gaining tempo may be achieved, for... Read More »