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Author Spotlight: IM Herman Grooten

Author Spotlight: IM Herman Grooten

ForwardChess
| 4 days ago

My career as an author did not come completely out of the blue. I have always loved writing, but there was another important argument that I gained from the practice of teaching chess. After I started providing courses for club chess players an...

Samuel Reshevsky: Simultaneous Attack

Samuel Reshevsky: Simultaneous Attack

ForwardChess
| 9 days ago

It’s wrong to think of tactics successfully occurring because of super-clever moves in genuinely equal positions. For a winning combination to be possible, there must be something wrong with the other side’s position. In chess, you can...

The Best Books of 2022

The Best Books of 2022

ForwardChess
| 11 days ago

The results are in! Here are the best books of 2022: Improve Your Chess Calculation by R.B Ramesh Think Like a Super-GM by Michael Adams and Philip Hurtado A Matter of Endgame Technique by Jacob Aagard The Taimanov-Schevenin...

Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals: Revived & Free

Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals: Revived & Free

ForwardChess
| Nov 18, 2021

At Forward Chess, we have a passion for books. We turn physical books into an interactive learning experience. Recently we converted Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca - a 100-year-old public domain book into a 21st-century digital reading experienc...

Book Review: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach

Book Review: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach

ForwardChess
| Nov 8, 2021

Review: Best Lessons of a Chess Coach: Extended Edition “Winning a game of chess is a matter of accumulating advantages’” The authors. This book is a new edition of a book that was originally published in 1993. There have ...

Book Review: Playing the Stonewall Dutch

Book Review: Playing the Stonewall Dutch

ForwardChess
| Oct 27, 2021

Book Review: Playing the Stonewall Dutch by Nikola Sedlak (Quality Chess Publishing) “Not a Dutch surely? That would be fine by me! … So it is a Dutch Defence. One of the openings which, just like most masters, I am very happy to pl...

Grandmaster Mistakes - Chess Psychology

Grandmaster Mistakes - Chess Psychology

ForwardChess
| Oct 24, 2021

It's not always that we see a World Number 5 Grandmaster thinking for almost six minutes and get self-destructed into a mate in one. In the recent Meltwater Champions Tour Final, Aronian blundered into a mate in one against Polish #1 Jan-Krzysztof...

Will You Resign in this Position?

Will You Resign in this Position?

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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?

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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!

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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

ForwardChess
| 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 ...

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