The king move

The king move

GM jhellsten
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Jun 17, 2019

One way to gain flexibility in our tactical play, is by moving the king in advance. In this way, not only do we avoid checks, but we also await the opponent´s next step, on which we could base our following actions. Interestingly, this kind ...

Positional combinations

Positional combinations

GM jhellsten
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May 29, 2019

With combination we often refer to a sequence of moves that wins material or produces mate. However, there are also combinations which let us improve our position in a more long-term perspective. I touched upon this subject in my book Mastering Ch...

Look at the whole board!

Look at the whole board!

GM jhellsten
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May 20, 2019

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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May 13, 2019

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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May 7, 2019

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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May 2, 2019

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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