coolthing's Chess News

This is my collection of articles that I wrote in my blog. Enjoy! Wink


    • Puzzles (Set 3)

      EDIT: PUZZLE COMPETITION NO LONGER ACTIVE. ANSWERS POSTED AT BOTTOM. THANK YOU!   Hi all! For those of you who have not seen my earlier puzzle competition (not by the name "Puzzle Competition"), the rules are as follows: I will post a puzzle(... | Read More

    • Her Majesty and the Rebel

      Hello there all! Today's topic is an endgame where a queen faces off against a pawn. The winning process is not actually that easy. But (although there are exceptions; I'll get to those at the end) all you have to do is get one of three pieces in... | Read More

    • The Rook on the Seventh

      Q: Where is the best place for a rook? A humurous player might answer this:                   ... or this for the opponent:     But the best place for the rook (not including a checkmating position) is the seventh rank.... | Read More

    • A Lost Half Point

      Draws are 1 of the 3 results of a game. Some draws, though, are made by blunders, and it doesn't happen only by beginners. Even amateurs fall into this "trap" and so it's not foolproof! I played Black in the following OTB game and I had only 1 se... | Read More

      • NM coolthing
      • | Apr 28, 2013
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    • Strange(but easy) Mate in 2

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      • NM coolthing
      • | Feb 13, 2013
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      • | 7 comments
    • Puzzles...?

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      • NM coolthing
      • | Jan 17, 2013
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    • How to stalemate yourself

      Hi, guys!  Today, let's see what happens when you are in a losing position. The best you could possibly get is a draw(yes, I know there are exceptions). But how to get one? Either playing 50 consecutive moves that are not pawn moves or taking a ... | Read More

      • NM coolthing
      • | Dec 17, 2012
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    • Checkmate Tips #3: Pawn Structure

      Hi again! Today we are going to see what happens if you're pawns are "messed up". The pawn structure is important  no matter if you are in the opening, middlegame or endgame. The opponent can easily attack if you're pawn structure is ruined. Tak... | Read More

      • NM coolthing
      • | Mar 21, 2012
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    • Checkmate Tips #2: Team Bishops

      Hi again! So, today we'll look at what team bishops can (and will) do. Take note of this position below. Your goal is to mate the Black King.               Now that you have done that, did you look at 1.Rxc6+? After the only move ... | Read More

    • Checkmate Tips #1: Doubled Rooks

      Hi guys! Today let's look at a checkmate that might help with similar positions. Here it is:             The answer is 1.Bg5+ Kg8 2.Rh8+! Nxh8 3.Bh7#. Just looking at that diagram, which piece and which square is making it impossi... | Read More

      • NM coolthing
      • | Mar 18, 2012
      • | 2845 views
      • | 2 comments