Will You Resign in this Position?

Will You Resign in this Position?

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Sep 10, 2020

A hopeless position -- that feeling of our heart sinking like an old abandoned ship and our smile fading away as the time in your clock ticks down -- is something we have all faced, be in staring at our computer screens or in the heat of a face-to...

Breaking Down the Wall

Breaking Down the Wall

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Sep 3, 2020

Imagine having to break down a large wall. Where do you begin? How do you go about it?I don't think it will be fair to blow up the wall or mow it down with a tank. That isn't allowed. All you have is the good old hammer and a couple of folks to ...

Beware of the zombie pawns

Beware of the zombie pawns

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Aug 7, 2020

Imagine a pawn with bulging eyes, outstretched hands and with an open jaw trying to land a bite on fellow pieces. How funny would it be if pieces could actually roam around the board like zombies when they become “infected”? Odd, ...

Why should we analyze our games?

Why should we analyze our games?

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Jun 12, 2020

Remember the last time you tried to cook something and ended up screwing it? How did you figure out what went wrong? It was easy for me to find this out the last time I made such a mistake, even my neighbor knew it and my pet cat. Good that no o...

Review: The Complete Chess Swindler

Review: The Complete Chess Swindler

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Jun 1, 2020

hello everyone! This month we crossed 500 published books on our platform! We wanted to celebrate this, so here's a cupcake to all our Chess.com readers! =) Now, back to our review of the amazing book "The Complete Chess Swindler" by David Sm...

Forward Chess hits a new milestone!

Forward Chess hits a new milestone!

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May 25, 2020

This week Forward Chess hit an important milestone in its 7 years of existence - 500 published books and counting!! The journey has been a wonderful one with all its ups and downs. We thank our wonderful publishers, fantastic users who generously ...

Fighting COVID19 with Chess

Fighting COVID19 with Chess

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May 17, 2020

Free Book project: As a part of our contribution to the chess community during this lockdown, we decided to offer a free book starting early this month. We felt that it's a wise choice to pick something that'll prove to be useful for players of a...

Knightmare: The tale of two knights checkmate

Knightmare: The tale of two knights checkmate

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May 9, 2020

In chess, one of the most difficult Checkmates to master, and the one that rarely shows up in practical play is the double Knight versus Pawn Endgame. Even grandmasters have trouble when it does show up on the board. There are several examples whe...

Bravest Sacrifices in Chess

Bravest Sacrifices in Chess

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May 5, 2020

There are two types of sacrifices, the obvious ones, and the not-so-obvious ones. Or, as Tal would put it, "The correct ones, and mine" Let's take an example. White to play and checkmate in two moves using a queen sacrifice! Don't worry, you can...

How to study the Chess Endgame

How to study the Chess Endgame

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Apr 24, 2020

Imagine learning to swim by reading an article on Wikipedia or learning to drive a car by reading its manual. What's going to happen when you really put yourself out there behind the steering wheel? Well, I hope your fellow passengers are insure...

Misadventures of a Bishop: The Lockdown

Misadventures of a Bishop: The Lockdown

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Apr 15, 2020

Once upon a time, in our checkered battlefield, a bishop got stuck in its own quarters. The only thing it could see was a wall of pawns. Beyond it, in the no man's land, a battle was raging and our bishop was eager to help in the fight! Ala...

Jovi's Videoblog Lessons from Gibraltar

Jovi's Videoblog Lessons from Gibraltar

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Apr 11, 2020

The Gibraltar International Chess Festival was founded in 2008 by Brian Callaghan, a chess fanatic and owner of the stunning Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar. Since launching, the event has grown year-on-year to become the world's overall best chess tour...

Chess Strategies for surviving the lockdown

Chess Strategies for surviving the lockdown

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Apr 3, 2020

With many of our team members in self-quarantine mode, we can't think of a better topic to write about than our current situation and how, as chess players, we can take inspiration from our favorite game to beat this stalemate situation! I'm sure ...

Overloaded Pieces: When two is too much.

Overloaded Pieces: When two is too much.

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Mar 24, 2020

I still remember the last few days of my college life when I lived in a frugal way inside a small apartment room along with my other classmates. We cooked with the bare minimum and lived a simple life. One of the unique memories I still have is ha...

Book of the Week: Mastering Opening Strategy

Book of the Week: Mastering Opening Strategy

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Mar 18, 2020

"I feel that the main reasons to buy an opening book are to give a good overview of the opening, and to explain general plans and ideas." - GM John Nunn (2006) Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is Mastering Opening Strategy by Johan Hellsten.  Wh...

Winning Chess Manoeuvres

Winning Chess Manoeuvres

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Mar 10, 2020

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - Issac Newton Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is Winning Chess Manoeuvres by GM Sarhan Guliev. It has been well established that studying the classics is an effective method of ch...

Chess Tactics Simplified: The Zwischenzug!

Chess Tactics Simplified: The Zwischenzug!

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Mar 4, 2020

Zwischenzug - A tongue twister for most Chess players hearing this term for the first time, is a German word which means "in-between" move. The concept was known for a long time but was first coined in the 1920s, and later started becoming a par...

Attacking with g2-g4

Attacking with g2-g4

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Feb 28, 2020

"I believe that without the g2-g4 thrust I would never have achieved success as a player and trainer." - GM Dmitry Kryakvin Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is Attacking with g2-g4: The Modern Way to Get the Upper Hand in Chess by GM Dmitry Kryakvin. T...

Kings of the Chessboard

Kings of the Chessboard

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Feb 21, 2020

Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is Kings of the Chessboard by Paul van der Sterren.  This book is about the greatest chess players who ever lived, who dominated their era and were looked upon as World Champions even at a time when this term, this...