Bishop vs Knight

Bishop vs Knight

IM MatBobula
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4 days ago

In that post, I would like to shed some light on the eternal competition: Bishop vs Knight. Both are called minor pieces are the value is the same: 3 points. But they are moving a different way. Bishop can move a lot of squares but only in one col...

How to play when you are losing

How to play when you are losing

IM MatBobula
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8 days ago

Sometimes it happens that the game may not turn out the way you hope. The opponent does not make any mistakes or you blunder something very early - you feel that you are on the track to lose the game. Can you do anything to change your luck? There...

Sharp Sicilian counter-attack

Sharp Sicilian counter-attack

IM MatBobula
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12 days ago

Sicilian counter-attack, also known as the Pin Variation is a very sharp way of playing in the Sicilian Defense. Black immediately develops minor pieces and creates threats in the center. It was played by such strong players like Alekhine, Aronian...

Why is it important to study endgames

Why is it important to study endgames

IM MatBobula
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15 days ago

Lately, I played the very interesting endgame. I had got a feeling that my position is better but I did not find any clear way to win. Moreover, I was very low on time so I was forced to play fast. I was streaming and you can watch it below with m...

2 Rooks vs Queen

2 Rooks vs Queen

IM MatBobula
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18 days ago

In the previous post, I discussed 2 minor pieces vs Rook. Today, it is a time for another popular material imbalance: 2 Rooks vs Queen. What is better? If we compare pieces value - 2 Rooks are 10 (2*5) and Queen is 9. Moreover, you can coordinat...

2 Minor Pieces vs Rook

2 Minor Pieces vs Rook

IM MatBobula
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22 days ago

Very often I get the question: what is better Rook or 2 Minor Pieces?The answer to such a question is pretty simple: 2 Minor Pieces. Simple math says that 3+3 is bigger than the 5. The next question, a little bit harder, might be: what is better...

Common pawn structures

Common pawn structures

IM MatBobula
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24 days ago

Every chess player knows Philidor's saying: "The pawns are the soul of chess." Not that many knows that the whole quote: "My main purpose is to gain recognition for myself by means of a new idea of which no one has conceived, or perhaps has been u...

Dynamic Catalan

Dynamic Catalan

IM MatBobula
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Sep 19, 2019

Every '1.d4 player' faces Queens Gambit Declined very often. This is probably the most common opening after 1.d4 among players in the rating range  between 1000-2000. If you are bored playing popular lines with the Bg5-move and looking for so...

Learn to play Tarrasch Defense

Learn to play Tarrasch Defense

IM MatBobula
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Aug 12, 2019

If you are looking for an active answer against 1.d4 (and almost everything except 1. e4) - you should watch the course that explains most important ideas of the Tarrasch Defense. 1) Introductionhttps://www.chess.com/video/player/learn-to-play-t...

Ancient Indian Legend about the invention of chess

Ancient Indian Legend about the invention of chess

IM MatBobula
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Aug 5, 2019

There is an ancient Indian legend about the invention of chess. Ruler of India was so pleased with one of his wise men, who had invented the game, that he offered this wise man a reward of his choosing. The wise man said:"Give me one grain of whea...

How I almost won against Judit Polgar

How I almost won against Judit Polgar

IM MatBobula
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Jul 29, 2019

In December 2010 European Rapid Championship took place in Warsaw. I was really excited when I saw that I will play against legendary Judit Polgar. She is generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time. I didn't expect any po...

Underestimated attack

Underestimated attack

IM MatBobula
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Jul 23, 2019

Couple months ago I was preparing for the NATO Chess Championship. I wanted to try new openings so I decided to play in rapid tournament near my hometown. I won first game without any problems. In the second game, I got good position after the o...

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 2)

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 2)

IM MatBobula
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Jul 18, 2019

Here you can read part 1: https://www.chess.com/blog/MatBobula/how-to-create-a-plan-in-the-middlegame-part-1 Using this diagram (black to move), try to follow the steps outlined at the part 1 before comparing with the text below. I. EVALU...

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 1)

How to create a plan in the middlegame? (part 1)

IM MatBobula
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Jul 10, 2019

One of the most important things in chess is to find the right plan. During the game, every playerfaces that challenge. The first time to evaluate is right after the opening and usually 2-3 times lateron. There is even a saying, “better to p...

Hidden power of the Tarrasch Defense

Hidden power of the Tarrasch Defense

IM MatBobula
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Jul 4, 2019

At the end of the 19th century Siegbert Tarrasch, one of the strongest players at this times, invented and popularised an active way of playing against Queen's Gambit - 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5He admired c5 move to that point that he always put...

Battle of the streamers

Battle of the streamers

IM MatBobula
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Jun 22, 2019

Deathmatches are becoming more and more popular among streamers. It is not only about emotions (who is going to win) but it also gives a great educational content. Viewers can watch games from perspective of both players - it broadens picture. L...

Smothered mate in practice

Smothered mate in practice

IM MatBobula
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Jun 12, 2019

One of the most famous checkmate patterns in chess is smothered mate. Everyone knows it, but have you ever won that way? Or have you ever seen that live? In that post I am going to show you couple examples of smothered mate application. Let's ...

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