Look at the whole board!

Look at the whole board!

GM jhellsten
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5 days ago

One common reason for tactical failure is the lack of attention to the whole board. In the heat of the battle, we often focus, subconsciously or not, on a specific zone of the board, where the "action" is. Needless to say, this can have disastrous...

Composing endgame studies

Composing endgame studies

GM jhellsten
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12 days ago

Solving endgame studies is known as an excellent way to improve your calculation skills. But what about composing them? I have always had a weakness for this activity, and I believe it can help your tactical vision (move orders, intermediate moves...

A weapon against the King's Indian

A weapon against the King's Indian

GM jhellsten
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18 days ago

The King's Indian might not be as popular today as back in Kasparov's days, but it remains a very dangerous and complex opening for White to deal with. One critical reply is the Bayonet Attack (9.b4), popularized by Kramnik. Another popular choice...

Candidate moves IV

Candidate moves IV

GM jhellsten
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23 days ago

In this final part of my article about candidate moves, we will have a look at some situations where the best move cannot be easily found without first having checked another candidate move. The latter will lead us to some kind of secret in the po...

Candidate moves III

Candidate moves III

GM jhellsten
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Apr 25, 2019

Good idea, bad execution? This is a common issue in everyday tactics. In order to make our ideas work, we must carefully consider the move order involved. Here are some examples on this topic. Black to move. We immediately spot a motif bas...

Candidate moves II

Candidate moves II

GM jhellsten
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Apr 18, 2019

In this second part of my article about Candidate Moves, we will have a look at some situations where you have many moves to choose from. Let's start with a very simple case. Black to play. He is a piece down, but we can sense a back rank moti...

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