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Pawns are the soul of chess

Pawns are the soul of chess

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 1 day ago

They say “Pawns are the soul of chess” because they play a significant role from chess opening to the end game. Even losing a single pawn can give your opponent a big material advantage and blunder the entire game. This article is all ...

Calculating Attacks and Threats

Calculating Attacks and Threats

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 6 days ago

Many chess players have witnessed the excitement during a game when you look at a piece that is placed at a weak spot. But when you attack that piece, you eventually end up losing your piece and that is because you did not calculate your move befo...

Link between strategy and tactic (+examples)

Link between strategy and tactic (+examples)

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 19 days ago

Most chess players do not know the link between in-game strategy and tactic, and many chess beginners get tangled easily. According to experienced chess players, when a player plans to make strategies during a chess game, it leads to tactical mane...

Queen's gambit and chess apps

Queen's gambit and chess apps

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 20 days ago

The Queen’s Gambit has once again increased interest in chess, which we can best see in online app stores, where chess apps are being downloaded en masse. Millions around the world have watched (or are still watching) the rise of the wunde...

Climbing the rating ladder (0-2200)

Climbing the rating ladder (0-2200)

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 21 days ago

Most of the players get exhausted over constant rating and they lose hope after consecutively losing many games. The reason behind not improving is the player’s lack of knowledge about the studies available online. Players who worry about ge...

Tactic: Critical squares

Tactic: Critical squares

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 21 days ago

Generally speaking, every focal-point is a weak square in the defender’s territory and a potentially strong one for the attacker.’ This is especially so when such a point is adjacent to the opponent’s king. A focal point is ...

Test Your Skills on Positional Chess: Part 5

Test Your Skills on Positional Chess: Part 5

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 26 days ago

Tired of tactics? Why not try out our positional puzzles! Depending on the level of each exercise (they are presented in ascending order of difficulty) you will probably need between 5 and 20 minutes to find the solution. If your solution doesn't ...

Test Your Skills on Positional Chess: Part 4

Test Your Skills on Positional Chess: Part 4

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 29 days ago

Tired of tactics? Why not try out our positional puzzles! Depending on the level of each exercise (they are presented in ascending order of difficulty) you will probably need between 5 and 20 minutes to find the solution. If your solution doesn't ...

Study plan (based on rating) + Examples

Study plan (based on rating) + Examples

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| 30 days ago

When chess players start looking to learn more tactical material to get better in chess, it becomes more challenging for them to choose study plans according to their rating and experience. The middle game in chess is considered an important phase...

What should I learn next?

What should I learn next?

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| May 24, 2022

If you are wondering what to learn next here is a chart that can help you to choose topic for your rating level. 1) 0-1000 Tactic (puzzles-pin, fork, checkmating patterns), elementary endgames (checkmating with 2 rooks, checkmating with que...

The art of mastering chess - a complete guide

The art of mastering chess - a complete guide

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Apr 23, 2022

Most of the players, after finishing their games starts playing another chess game, which is why regardless of playing too many games, it does not improve your tactical and strategical skills quicker. If you want to get better at a certain level...

Strategy: Eliminating key pieces

Strategy: Eliminating key pieces

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Apr 14, 2022

Chess strategy is the purposeful attempt to gain an advantage over your opponent. Unlike tactics, chess strategy involves long-term goals, usually related to king safety, pawn structure, space, piece activity, etc. β™ŸExchange the right pieces and...

Strategy: Creating Weaknesses

Strategy: Creating Weaknesses

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Apr 8, 2022

What is a “weakness?” A weakness is a point in the enemy position that can be attacked. If it cannot be attacked, then it is not a true weakness. Just because a pawn is doubled, backward or isolated doesn’t in itself mean its wea...

Strategy Kit

Strategy Kit

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Mar 21, 2022

There is plenty of chess learning material available on the internet, but most of them do not demonstrate the most key strategy during a mid-game. If you have a good chess rating i.e. 1200-2200 chess.com rating, but still struggling to come up wit...

Brave king! πŸ”₯

Brave king! πŸ”₯

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Mar 15, 2022

As beginners, we are taught to castle quickly in order to secure the king and bring the rook into the game. Indeed, it would be illogical not to exploit such a powerful move, that lets us improve two pieces at the same time. Thus, in many openings...

Everyone's First Strategy Kit

Everyone's First Strategy Kit

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Mar 14, 2022

Most players (1200-2200 chess.com rating) are strong in tactics and openings, but their ratings don’t show it because their positional knowledge just isn’t up to par. In other words, they can never create the circumstances to exec...

Evaluation of position based on 3 factors

Evaluation of position based on 3 factors

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Mar 10, 2022

Evaluation of a chess position is all about comparing the progress either side has made. The patterns will emerge quite quickly. One point worth stressing is that good calculation almost invariably requires evaluation, since ve...

Study plan

Study plan

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Mar 8, 2022

In the chess study plan I present below, I will show you 5 things you can do that will help you improve your chess. 1. Play often and enjoy it! To improve your chess, you should regularly play against stronger opponents. Playing against weaker...

Computer chess: An opponent and an ally

Computer chess: An opponent and an ally

WIM TijanaBlagojevic
| Dec 30, 2021

An opponent and an ally there is a proverb saying “An enemy is just a friend you haven't made yet” that we might apply to computer chess. From the very beginning of computer history, scientists measured a computer’s intelligence ...

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