How I beat a stronger opponent

How I beat a stronger opponent

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1 day ago

Hello everyone. I wrote once some tips to beat stronger opponents. In this post I bring a game where I faced a higher rated player, and things were good for me. I wrote some comments and tried to explain some lines. In some way I just got ...

Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

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4 days ago

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to explain 5 selected puzzles, where you have to win using Clearance Tactical Theme. We talk about...

5 Amazing Deflections (+ Video)

5 Amazing Deflections (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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14 days ago

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve, explaining 5 puzzles, where you have to win using Deflection Tactical...

Best Game of the Year: My Notes

Best Game of the Year: My Notes

FM Michel2426
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18 days ago

Hello everyone. We could see recently the 10 best games of the year selected by Chess.com. In this post I’m analyzing one of my favorites of this selection: the number 1 in the list, Tiger Hillarp Persson vs Tomas Laurusas. You can find here...

Pawn Promotion (+ Video)

Pawn Promotion (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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21 days ago

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve, explaining these 5 puzzles, where you have to win using Pawn Promotio...

Maybe next time…

Maybe next time…

FM Michel2426
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24 days ago

Hello everyone. Two weeks later I’m back. I really missed this, but also they were amazing days. Those who read my posts know that I was playing Carlos Torres Memorial. And as you can imagine because of the title of the post, I couldn’...

Tactical Themes: Obstruction (+ Video)

Tactical Themes: Obstruction (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Dec 3, 2018

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve, explaining 5 puzzles, where you have to win using Obstruction Tactica...

A miniature by Alekhine (+ Video)

A miniature by Alekhine (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Nov 26, 2018

Alekhine was 4th World Champion; he defeated Capablanca in 1927. It’s very nice to look at his games, they are very instructive. That’s why today I have annotated an interesting miniature where he won.  I continue training very ...

A Jail for the King

A Jail for the King

FM Michel2426
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Nov 21, 2018

Hello everyone. This is an attack game I played a few days ago with opposite side castling. It was a bullet, so, there are some small mistakes, but in general the game is good and interesting. My bullet rating is around 2300 right now, I’m f...

11 tips to play better chess games

11 tips to play better chess games

FM Michel2426
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Nov 7, 2018

Hi everyone. I have already written my thoughts about how to train to make progress in chess or about some mistakes you could be making in your training. Recently, as I was talking with some of my favorite students, I thought about some general ti...

5 Amazing Stalemates (+ Video)

5 Amazing Stalemates (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Nov 2, 2018

Hello my chess friends. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve, explaining these 5 puzzles, where you have to get a draw usin...

Amazing Artistic Endgame by Sehwers (+ Video)

Amazing Artistic Endgame by Sehwers (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 29, 2018

Hello everyone. Here we have a very interesting artistic endgame composed by Sehwers and published in 1900. I encourage you to try to find the solution for some minutes, but if you can’t (it’s not so easy), the answer is down there. I ...

Worst Bullet Game ever

Worst Bullet Game ever

FM Michel2426
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Oct 22, 2018

Hi everyone. Usually when I write about a bullet, it’s because I played a more less good game where I won and there are some plans and ideas I want to teach and share. In the game I bring today I won, but there is something different here: t...

Double Threat (+ Video)

Double Threat (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 18, 2018

Hello my chess friends. As you already know, tactics is a fundamental aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve explaining these 5 puzzles, where you have to win, using Double T...

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

Distant Opposition (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 15, 2018

Hi everyone. Probably, you have already heard about distant opposition in chess. But maybe you are not so clear about what it is, or what is it good for, or how to use it. In this post we are going to try to learn about it and answer those questio...

The Platov brothers capture a Queen (+ Video)

The Platov brothers capture a Queen (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 12, 2018

Hello everyone. As part of my preparation for next tournaments, I found this study; it was created by the Platov brothers (Vasily and Mikhail) and published in 1909. I encourage you to try to resolve it, focus for some minutes, think, and the...

Two World Champions and a Masterpiece (+ Video)

Two World Champions and a Masterpiece (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 8, 2018

Hi everyone. Since the moment I saw this game at “The Art of Chess Analysis”, by Jan Timman, I knew I had to cover it in my blog and my channel. There is just too much to learn from it. This was played in 1974 between Anatoly Karpov (w...

Bullettime 11 (Tarrasch Defense)

Bullettime 11 (Tarrasch Defense)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 5, 2018

Hi everyone. There are some strategic and tactic aspects we can talk about on this bullet game, that’s why I’m sharing it. This time I played Tarrasch Defense. I don’t play it very often, but I have been studying it and I need to...

Learning with Artistic Endgames 6 (+ Video)

Learning with Artistic Endgames 6 (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 4, 2018

Hello my chess friends. Here we have another artistic endgame. This one was created by Henri Rinck (another great studios composer). I invite you to try to find the answer by yourselves. It will be a good exercise for you to calculate and see surp...

Petrov Defense (+ Video)

Petrov Defense (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Oct 1, 2018

Hello everyone. In this post we are going to talk about Petrov or Russian Defense. If you are tired of playing against Ruy Lopez, Italian Game, Scotch Game... then Petrov is going to be a good option for you. We have Petrov Defense after th...

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