11 tips to play better chess games

11 tips to play better chess games

FM Michel2426
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10 days ago

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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14 days ago

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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18 days ago

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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25 days ago

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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29 days ago

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...

Adams vs Carlsen, Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad 2010

Adams vs Carlsen, Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad 2010

FM Michel2426
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Sep 24, 2018

Hello my chess friends. We are in Olympiad days, so, I thought it was a good idea to analyze a great game played in Khanty-Mansiysk, 2010. It was between Michael Adams and Magnus Carlsen. The English Legend beat the Norwegian Genius in a good styl...

Learning with Artistic Endgames 5 (+ Video)

Learning with Artistic Endgames 5 (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Sep 20, 2018

Hi everyone. Here you have another artistic endgame. It was created by Gorguiev and published in 1930. I think this one is not as tough as some others we have seen in this series, but I find it very interesting. The way black defends in move one i...

Learning with Artistic Endgames 4

Learning with Artistic Endgames 4

FM Michel2426
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Sep 19, 2018

Hello my chess friends. In this post we are going to analyze another artistic endgame and I will try to explain it so you understand every line. Almost all my friends and students hate studios, but, for some reason I love them, that’s why I ...

Rook Basic Endgames: Some things you need to know

Rook Basic Endgames: Some things you need to know

FM Michel2426
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Sep 17, 2018

Hello my chess friends. Today we are going to talk about rook basic endgames. Rook endings are the most common in chess, that’s why they are so important. You must know how to play in winning positions with a pawn in advantage (Lucena), and ...

Bullettime 10 (Exchange Sacrifice)

Bullettime 10 (Exchange Sacrifice)

FM Michel2426
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Sep 16, 2018

Hello my chess friends. There was a nice tactic sequence in this bullet game. Also, the opening was interesting, though I made some mistakes and could stay inferior if black had found the right moves. Just hope you find this helpful. By the way, a...

When engines do not work… (+ Video)

When engines do not work… (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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Sep 14, 2018

Hello everyone. Some friends told me they enjoyed my post about fortresses, and asked me to do a new work about it. That’s why today I bring a couple of new examples and analysis about this interesting theme. I would like to make emphasis in...

Bullettime 9 (Beating Sicilian)

Bullettime 9 (Beating Sicilian)

FM Michel2426
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Sep 6, 2018

Hello. I won a bullet game that I liked and I think is going to have some small instructive details to comment and share. This was a King Pawn, I was White, my opponent played Sicilian Defense, and I used my favorite 3. Bb5.   If you...

Bullettime 8 (Weak Squares)

Bullettime 8 (Weak Squares)

FM Michel2426
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Aug 30, 2018

Hi everyone. Here I come with another bullet game I played, and I thought it was worthwhile to annotate and share. My opponent made some small mistakes; he advanced too much some pawns in the kingside, and created a very good outpost for my knight...

Mined Squares

Mined Squares

FM Michel2426
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Aug 28, 2018

Hello my chess friends. In this post we are going to study the Mined Squares Endgame. I have seen some people asking about this, and also I have noticed there is not too much documentation about it, so, I thought it would be a good idea to write w...

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