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How to EVALUATE Positions in Chess (+ Videosss)

How to EVALUATE Positions in Chess (+ Videosss)

FM michechess89
| Apr 14, 2021

Hey guys! How do you know who is better at some specific position in Chess? Why is it important to properly evaluate positions? Which Key Factors should we analyze to assess any position? Today we will be answering those questions... Well, b...

How to play Italian Game (+ Video)

How to play Italian Game (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 29, 2021

Hey Chess Friends. Today we talk about the famous and popular Italian Game, a strong opening, with some different ways to play as White, and instructive and entertaining positions in the middlegame. As it is a good opening, they also play it more ...

11 Amazing Checkmate Combinations (+ Video)

11 Amazing Checkmate Combinations (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 27, 2021

Hey guys! It’s time to solve some tactics. Today we work with 11 Beautiful Checkmate Combinations. These positions are about Advanced Checkmate, they are taken from the Tactics Trainer in Chess.com and I solve and explain the puzzles move by...

How to play Caro-Kann Defense (+ Video)

How to play Caro-Kann Defense (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 22, 2021

Hi everyone! Caro-Kann Defense is another interesting variation we can play as Black against King’s Pawn. It is a really safe line, where Black usually gets a solid position and a pawn structure without weaknesses. In this post/video there i...

How to play Wing Gambit (+ Video)

How to play Wing Gambit (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 15, 2021

Hey guys! Today we learn a new opening: Wing Gambit. This is an aggressive variation against Sicilian Defense. It could be really useful since it can also be played against French Defense. There are some good possibilities to create positions wher...

4 Chess Books you Need to Read (+ Video)

4 Chess Books you Need to Read (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 11, 2021

Hi, Caissa’s friends. Reading Chess Books is a very interesting way to learn and improve at Chess. I have been reading many of them during my career, and in this post, I want to talk about 4 of my favorite Chess Books. Something all these bo...

How to play Trompowsky Attack (+ Video)

How to play Trompowsky Attack (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Jan 8, 2021

Hey guys! Today we learn a new opening: Trompowsky Attack. Something good about this opening is that you won’t have to study a lot of theory (it avoids strong and theoretical variations like King’s Indian, Queen’s Indian, or Grun...

How to play Smith-Morra Gambit (+ Video)

How to play Smith-Morra Gambit (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Dec 29, 2020

Beat Sicilian Defense with Morra Smith-Morra Gambit is a really nice Opening. They don’t play it in the Elite too much, but among beginners and club players, this is a really strong weapon, especially if you play aggressively very often an...

Hanging Pawns (+ Video)

Hanging Pawns (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Dec 24, 2020

Hello chess friends. Today we analyze a very interesting topic: Hanging Pawns, and how to play when we or our opponent has this structure. We’ll study typical plans for both sides, general ideas, and a very instructive example by Garry Kaspa...

How to play King's Gambit (+ Video)

How to play King's Gambit (+ Video)

FM michechess89
| Dec 22, 2020

Hey guys, today we study a very interesting opening: King's Gambit. This is a good variation for beginners and intermediate players, who enjoy dynamic and sharp positions.   Video explaining How to play King's Gambit https://youtu.be/Z9...

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