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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

    • An Instructive Pawn Ending Part 2

      In part one of this endgame study I get into the position and how to set up a zugwang position. I introduce a term I coined the "backward pawn sham sac" and I talk about reserve tempos. In this study I show that I didn't understand all of this whe... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Apr 6, 2015
    • An Instructive Pawn Ending Part 1

      This is an endgame study from one of my games. The hardest part of this game is figuring out exactly where to start the study. There is a "White to Move and Win" point which really captures the main ideas. But there is also a series of decisions t... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Apr 5, 2015
    • Dealing With Time Management & Time Troubles - Part 3

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome to the final article in the series Dealing With Time Management and Time Troubles. In the prior two articles we covered a step-by-step strategy to prevent you from EVER getting into Time Troubles as well as a System of M... | Read More

    • A positional crush in the end

      One of the nice but not so common tactical patterns is zugzwang. In this game it kind of happened in the end. | Read More

      • achja
      • | Mar 30, 2015
    • Special training offer! NEW: stencils with exercises

      Since the foundation of the Amsterdam Chess Academy I have been busy training the most promising youngsters in the region. Hence, I felt the urge of extending my training material by creating new stencils with diagrams, analytical exercises, game ... | Read More

      • RobertRis
      • | Mar 13, 2015

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 »