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Sterility of Modern Elite Pro Chess

Sterility of Modern Elite Pro Chess

RoaringPawn
| Apr 14, 2022

It passed some time since the "Nimzovich's ideas were all rubbish" discussion with GM Yasser Seirawan took place. (In the end, Yaz retreated on all accounts by stating that Nimzovich's ideas — but one, over-protection, "simply garb...

How to Become a Chess Master. Quick

How to Become a Chess Master. Quick

RoaringPawn
| Apr 12, 2022

How come we see men of hardly any intellect excel in chess and others of great talent scarcely show moderate ability, and get confused and bewildered when they have to move a pawn? Asked a long time ago, back in 1688, Jean de La Bruyè...

A Game for All Ocassions

A Game for All Ocassions

RoaringPawn
| Oct 23, 2021

Chess is a perfect companion for all occasions. At weddings, for instance, Wedding in Little America Hotel, Cheyenne, WY . The Red October restaurant, Moscow . Hochzeit! Wedding German way. Who do you think is going to deliver...

Do Opening Principles Really Exist?

Do Opening Principles Really Exist?

RoaringPawn
| Sep 27, 2021

Well, they do NOT, actually. There only exist GENERAL chess principles! Let's take a closer look at it. Masters "construct" solutions from major principles. Yet, there are no universally agreed-upon general chess principles. Whatever principles ...

Is Chess a Contact Sport?

Is Chess a Contact Sport?

RoaringPawn
| Sep 23, 2021

Full-contact, semi-contact, limited-contact, or non-contact? And if we agreed there's some sort of contact between chess pieces, in how many different kind of contact two opposing chessmen get during chess battles? In a full-contact sport like...

Pawns Adventures: Macedonian Phalanx

Pawns Adventures: Macedonian Phalanx

RoaringPawn
| Apr 17, 2021

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...

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