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    • Beauty of Chess Design

        When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or constructing a mechanism of some kind by which you win or lose. –Marcel Duchamp. We saw before that chess masters build up their position by setting up pieces harmoniously.... | Read More

    • Zugzwang

      Here is the definition... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugzwang Here is an example of my game... http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=983809193   A few pictures... | Read More

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    • Beautiful Chess Compositions #9: Endgame Essentials

      Part IX: Basic zugzwang! Although, sometimes the most simple things in life are the most challenging.... (William Shinkman, circa 1898). MATE IN 3 Part 10 coming soon! Check out my other puzzles! | Read More

    • 実戦解説:ポーンエンディング

      皆さんこんばんは! 前回の記事の最後で、自分は二つ質問しました。 Diagram after 35...Kxd6 この局面で、白の自分は36.a4と指したのですが。。。 1.もし白が36.a4ではなく36.h4と指して... | Read More

    • Can you Solve this Puzzle?

      In total there are nine bright moves worthy on admiring and very diffcult to see. Hint The trick is based on leaving black in Zugzwang due to threats of horse jump. Play white and win   | Read More

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 »