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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

    • Bishop versus bishop

      A positional game, just finished. Opponent didn't play the best moves in the middlegame, and ended up in a worse endgame, which ended with zugzwang. | Read More

      • achja
      • | Jun 30, 2015
    • Browne v Belle- two classic Q v R endings

      Here (reposted from GM Walter Browne's orbituary page) are my notes of Browne's classic 1978 win against Bell Telephone Company's BELLE chess program which had been programmed with an endgame tablebase of the Q vs R ending.   Browne's metho... | Read More

      • DavidMMIX
      • | Jun 27, 2015
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    • Outside Passed Pawns Continued

      This is continued from the prior article. If you haven’t read that part, please check it out first. General Technique There are a couple of ideas in play. Let’s go through some of the rules of thumb in these endings, but first a disclaimer: ... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jun 19, 2015
    • King and Pawn Endgames - Protected Passed Pawns

      Hello Chess Fans,   Welcome back to the seventh article in the King and Pawn Endgame Series.  Each has built upon the information of the one before and I'm not kidding when I say you'll need all of these fundamental techniques to create tact... | Read More

    • King and Pawn Endgames - Outside Passed Pawns

      Hello Chess Fans, Welcome back to the sixth article in the King and Pawn Endgame Series.  If you've been following along then you're NOW equipped with MUST KNOW foundational techniques to create tactical advantages in the king and pawn endgame... | Read More

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  • 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 »