When the Knight Beats the Bishop

When the Knight Beats the Bishop

backrankbrawler
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22 days ago

Positional and strategic play is often not a strong suit for amateur chess players. I know it is not for me - at least comparing myself to the masters whose games I study. Often amateur games are decided by a big blunder that could have been avoid...

A Najdorf Sicilian Miniature

A Najdorf Sicilian Miniature

backrankbrawler
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Aug 30, 2020

One of my first chess books was Irving Chernev's Logical Chess: Move by Move. Some of the games in this book were less then 25 moves long. Sometimes, I wondered why one would include these short games in an instructive book. However, now...

Time, Material, and Quality in the Opening

Time, Material, and Quality in the Opening

backrankbrawler
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Jul 15, 2020

There are many elements or imbalances in chess. Although many different masters over the years have used different terms to identify these such as pawn structure, king safety, development, material, and several others I like Garry Kasparov's syste...

Choking on the Mustard Seed Cloud

Choking on the Mustard Seed Cloud

backrankbrawler
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Jun 23, 2020

This weekend, I had the opportunity to play in the Progress with Chess Mustard Seed Cloud tournament after my friend and fellow chess improver Stacia Pugh invited me. I am a little curious as to why the tournament was named "Mustard Seed Clou...