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The passed pawn supported by the Rook

The passed pawn supported by the Rook

IM MatBobula
| 10 days ago

During one of my rapid games that I was streaming live on Twitch, I got a very interesting Rook endgame. Try to solve the diagram below, can you find the best way to win? Based on my experience, I identified the most common mistakes and create...

My chess training

My chess training

IM MatBobula
| Mar 10, 2022

Very soon I am going to play in the chess tournament after a couple of months' break. To be well prepared I decided to make training that I am going to stream on Twitch. So you have got an opportunity to watch it and see how to do that properly. I...

Queen vs Pawn Endgame

Queen vs Pawn Endgame

IM MatBobula
| Feb 17, 2022

This is a very basic endgame. Usually, Queen can easily win - it is enough to force the opponent's King to move in front of the pawn (it is blocked) - that gives time to bring the King closer. But there are of course some exceptions - when pawns a...

Removing the Defender

Removing the Defender

IM MatBobula
| Feb 14, 2022

One of the most common tactics in chess is Removing of the Defender also called Removing of the Guard or Undermining. The defensive piece is captured (attacked, distracted, or blocked), leaving one of the opponent's pieces undefended. Based on...

Greek gift sacrifice

Greek gift sacrifice

IM MatBobula
| Feb 11, 2022

The Greek gift sacrifice is a very common sacrifice of a Bishop by playing Bxh7 (for White) or by playing Bxh2+ (for Black). Very often there is also a pawn at the e5(e4)-square that helps with the attack. Based on my experience, I identifie...

In-between move

In-between move

IM MatBobula
| Feb 7, 2022

The in-between move (known also as: zwischenzug or intermezzo) is an unexpected move that creates a threat that the opponent has to answer and an expected move is made later on. This is one of the most difficult things in chess to see and accord...

Indian Legend about the invention of chess

Indian Legend about the invention of chess

IM MatBobula
| Feb 4, 2022

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. Based on my experience, I identified the...

Tartakower Defense - universal line for Black

Tartakower Defense - universal line for Black

IM MatBobula
| Feb 1, 2022

If you are looking for a very universal opening for Black, you should definitely check the Tartakower Defense, one of the lines in the Queen's Gambit. Originally that line happens after 1.d4 but the pattern is so universal that you can use it agai...

Mat Bobula's Chess School Premium

Mat Bobula's Chess School Premium

IM MatBobula
| Jan 27, 2022

I am really happy finally to announce a new project that will help to improve your chess - Premium Membership of my chess school. This is a perfect mix between individual approaches and group lessons. I show you the way how to work on chess and ...

Game analysis

Game analysis

IM MatBobula
| Jan 19, 2022

Based on my experience, I identified the most common mistakes and created the FREE course to overcome them. Sign up, follow instructions in the next 10 weeks and you will make significant progress during this time. You can sign up for the course...

Win your very own FREE 5 legendary chess books

Win your very own FREE 5 legendary chess books

IM MatBobula
| Dec 13, 2021

Today I have got some big news. I giveaway the Top 5 Chess Books (the winner takes it all): Bobby Fischer teaches chess My 60 memorable games: chess tactics, chess strategies with Bobby Fischer Life and Games of Mikhail Tal Silman's Compl...

WEBINAR: How to improve your game in 10 weeks

WEBINAR: How to improve your game in 10 weeks

IM MatBobula
| Dec 10, 2021

Based on my experience, I identified the most common mistakes and created the FREE course to overcome them. Sign up, follow instructions in the next 10 weeks and you will make significant progress during this time. You can sign up for the course...

Probably the best exercise to improve your chess

Probably the best exercise to improve your chess

IM MatBobula
| Dec 3, 2021

I want to demonstrate to you how to analyze your games. According to many strong players, this is one of the best ways to improve your chess - you can learn from your own mistakes. I describe how to do that properly in my 10-week course. I ...

How to analyze your own games?

How to analyze your own games?

IM MatBobula
| Nov 26, 2021

I created the 10-week course to improve your chess.  Every week you will receive one email with materials and exercises to do. You can sign up for the course at this link: https://www.matbobula.com/  It's FREE and you will ...

How to create the best plan?

How to create the best plan?

IM MatBobula
| Nov 22, 2021

One of the most important things in chess is to find the right plan. During the game, every player faces that challenge. The first time to create a plan is right after the opening and usually 2-3 times later on. There is even a saying, “be...

Exercises that improve your chess

Exercises that improve your chess

IM MatBobula
| Nov 16, 2021

In this article, I want to describe a couple of exercises that influenced my chess development a lot. If you want to get to know more, I created the 10-week course to improve your chess.  Every week you will receive one email with materi...

3 Excellent Pieces of Advice That Most People Ignore

3 Excellent Pieces of Advice That Most People Ignore

IM MatBobula
| Nov 12, 2021

I would like to give you 3 excellent pieces of advice on how to improve in chess. It is not very common that ambitious player who wants to play better is following all of them. ____________________________________________________________________...

How to train to improve quickly

How to train to improve quickly

IM MatBobula
| Nov 5, 2021

It took me over 10 years to get an Elo rating of over 2400 (and slightly more to get an International Master title). It was a very long time but during this time I followed almost the same weekly training plan. It was divided into the 'training pe...

How to improve your game in 10 weeks?

How to improve your game in 10 weeks?

IM MatBobula
| Oct 29, 2021

Based on my experience, I identified the most common mistakes and created that FREE course to overcome them. Sign up, follow instructions in the next ten weeks, and you will make significant progress during this time. Every week you will receive...

Passed Pawns in the Endgame

Passed Pawns in the Endgame

IM MatBobula
| Jul 1, 2021

Pawns are becoming relatively more valuable in the endgame. Especially passed pawns that you can and promote into the Queen (with a Queen it is much easier to win). Find a way how to create one - use pawn majority or attack the opponent's pawns wi...

Active King in the endgame

Active King in the endgame

IM MatBobula
| Jun 22, 2021

In the endgame, when there are only a few pieces on the board you should use your King. You usually do not need to be afraid of its safety. Moreover, its value in the endgame is estimated at 4 points (more than the minor piece). Not using such a p...

Carlsbad Structure

Carlsbad Structure

IM MatBobula
| Jun 17, 2021

Carlsbad Formation is one of the most common pawn structures that appears in the Queen's Gambit and the Caro-Kann Defense. The name comes from the town where very strong and famous chess tournaments were played around 100 years ago and that struct...

The Fort Knox Variation in the French

The Fort Knox Variation in the French

IM MatBobula
| Jun 15, 2021

I want to introduce you, one of the most solid (and personally one of my favorites) lines for Black. If you are looking for an extremely solid variation with some good counterattacking chances, you have to read that article and watch the video bel...

How to blunder less?

How to blunder less?

IM MatBobula
| Jun 8, 2021

You play well the whole game, even get the advantage. But in one moment, you miss the opponent's threat and lose a free piece. From winning to losing. Does it sound familiar? Every chess player has to find his or her way how to deal with blunder...

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