Pawns Adventures: Macedonian Phalanx

Pawns Adventures: Macedonian Phalanx

RoaringPawn
| 23 days ago

Intended level: Beginner/Early Intermediate I have never seen anything more terrible and dreadful than a Macedonian phalanx! — Aemilius Paullus, Roman general Two important concepts of pawn play, the ram and the lever, have been alre...

Are Rooks Overrated?

Are Rooks Overrated?

RoaringPawn
| Mar 21, 2021

Often, the answer is yes. Almost all chess beginners are initially taught that a rook is worth five pawns, and a knight or bishop is only three. However, ask any grandmaster whether a rook is always worth two pawns more than a bishop or knight, he...

Pawns Adventures: No Levers — No Attack!

Pawns Adventures: No Levers — No Attack!

RoaringPawn
| Mar 20, 2021

You already know that pawns are the main actors in our game. Don’t underestimate these deceptively weak soldiers. Without pawns there would be no game. They give life to pieces and, at the same time, form the backbone giving strength to enti...

On Concepts of Architecture and Beauty in Chess

On Concepts of Architecture and Beauty in Chess

RoaringPawn
| Jan 24, 2021

(CHESS) DESIGN = FORM + FUNCTION + BEAUTY As a chess player, your job is like one of an architect. You deal with Form (Structure), Function (Purpose) and Beauty (Aesthetics). When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or co...

@MomOnaBreak Chessing in the Luxembourg Gardens

@MomOnaBreak Chessing in the Luxembourg Gardens

RoaringPawn
| Jan 10, 2021

The idea for this blog came from Olya @MomOnaBreak and her Chess With Benefits post. There she visited Paris and took a chance to play some chess in the Luxembourg Gardens. From New York's Washington Park, via Belgrade, to Moscow chess players g...

Has RoaringPawn Been Banned?:)

Has RoaringPawn Been Banned?:)

RoaringPawn
| Jan 9, 2021

My yesterday's Pawns Adventures: Always Play from the Position of Strength blog has never showed up on the Blogs page. It did show up on the Today page for a while, then disappeared. So I decided to create a shorty just to check the blog's ...

Pawns Adventures: Infantry Breaking In!

Pawns Adventures: Infantry Breaking In!

RoaringPawn
| Jan 3, 2021

TRAIN YOUR INFANTRY FOR BOLD WAR-WINNING BREAKTHROUGHS BREAKTHROUGH (n) A pawn sacrifice whose purpose is to open lines and/or to create a passed (or free) pawn. Pawn breakthrough is very common tactical weapon in endgame that is normally asso...

Top Bloggers' Chess Ratings

Top Bloggers' Chess Ratings

RoaringPawn
| Dec 29, 2020

By doing the statistics of chess nations recently, I somehow became overwhelmed by the "science of collecting, analyzing, presenting, and interpreting facts and figures." Everyone of us is just a set of numbers that the government and other i...

Chess on Christmas Eve

Chess on Christmas Eve

RoaringPawn
| Dec 24, 2020

"By-the-bye, Fred," said Mr. H___, you'll spend your Christmas with us, of course. We shall have a jolly party, and plenty of fun: the F.s and G.s, the B.s and the C.s will be there and I don't know how many besides." "I can scarcely promise," s...

An Endless Movement

An Endless Movement

RoaringPawn
| Dec 23, 2020

The Chess World Made by Samuel Gareginyan. What makes chessmen move? What is the invisible hand behind? How does the constant movement of our ideas fly and evolve? How (un)predictable is our thinking? "I, Samuel G. was born in Armenia, where t...

The World's Most Chessly Nation Is... ÍSLAND!

The World's Most Chessly Nation Is... ÍSLAND!

RoaringPawn
| Dec 16, 2020

FIDE Newsletter #18 as of November 9, 2020 provided some statistics in the How Many Grandmasters Are There? section. Part of it is the number of all rated players for the top 75 member federations. Back in 2016 I proposed my theory that the numb...

Knights Pictorial, Part 4: Thai Horse

Knights Pictorial, Part 4: Thai Horse

RoaringPawn
| Dec 10, 2020

Makruk, or Thai chess (Thai: หมากรุก, màkrúk) is a board game regarded as the most similar living game to Chaturanga, the assumed common ancestor of all chess variants. The game is very popular in Thailand and Cambodia where i...

Meet Knight's Family! (plus 60+ New Knight Pix)

Meet Knight's Family! (plus 60+ New Knight Pix)

RoaringPawn
| Dec 8, 2020

Family is important. So, it's time for you to get acquainted with other family members.  With an extra bonus of sixty-plus new Knight's paintings, cartoons, posters, book covers, photographs on top of what you've seen in Parts 1-2. . CH...

Why Does Knight Move Г-Shape?

Why Does Knight Move Г-Shape?

RoaringPawn
| Dec 6, 2020

Ah, that mysterious Knight move. Where does it come from? It has arisen from the darkness of the past of early chess beginnings and stayed peculiar and enigmatic for all of us ever since. Mythical and mystical. Who knows, perhaps it is one of reas...

Horsey, a Cult Chess Figure, in Arts

Horsey, a Cult Chess Figure, in Arts

RoaringPawn
| Dec 4, 2020

How come chess Knight has become sort of cult figure among all other chessmen?  A mere look at chess knight is enough to make an unmistakable association with our game. It has long fired popular imagination and mystery surrounding chess amo...

My First Win I'd Waited For For Half a Century

My First Win I'd Waited For For Half a Century

RoaringPawn
| Nov 29, 2020

Remember how I lost to that guy who literally didn't know the moves? But now this is a real story, sometimes I do win, even though it may take fifty years for this to happen. @nnnvlj and I went to the same High School. We went to the same colleg...

Pawns Adventures: How Should I Counter This?

Pawns Adventures: How Should I Counter This?

RoaringPawn
| Nov 22, 2020

Hi, chess improvers!  Here's position from a game played by two famous World champions. Black on the move. The pawn play is our primary area of interest here, as is the case in every episode of Pawns Adventures. That is to say — str...