robbie_1969’s Blog

    • English Opening : The Ice Dragon (Dragon Reversed)

      What happens when you take the Sicilian dragon, reverse engineer her from a black dragon into a white dragon and giver her an extra tempi? She transmutates and becomes the Ice Dragon! or as is more mundanely known, the Dragon reversed! An awesome ... | Read More

    • Analysis of an amateur game

      Analysing our finished games is considered to be one of the best ways of improving in chess.  We attempt to ascertain and evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, what our thought process was and why we chose the moves that we did.  In the process... | Read More

    • Test your positional play_3

      Care to test your positional understanding? Here is a position from a game played in 1981, Mar del Plata.  With the white pieces is legendary Danish Grandmaster Bent Larsen.  With the black pieces is equally legendary American Grandmaster Yasser... | Read More

    • FM Yuri Krupenski brilliancy!

      The second round of the Keres memorial 2016 witnessed an outstanding tactical solution to a position that was being somewhat dominated by the black pieces.  Our hero this time the Estonian Fide Master Yuri Krupenski playing the formidable world f... | Read More

    • IM Jovanka Houska brilliancy!

      Running alongside the London chess Classic and the last leg of the Grand Chess tour was the London FIDE open.  The game in question was played in the first round and illustrates the scintillating calculation and tactical skills of our heroine, Jo... | Read More

    • Analysing the position - Tactical Element

      As amatuer players the vast majority of our games will be decided because of a tactical element, because tactics are ultimately decisive. It makes sense therefore that we scan the position for tactics first and foremost.  Although we tend to thi... | Read More

    • Analysing the position - Dynamic Element

      If a chess position contains no clear static strategic elements and we cannot create any in a few moves then we need to rely on the dynamic strategic element in this case. If we think of the position at the beginning of a game of chess there are ... | Read More

    • Analysing the position - Static element

      Every chess position contains two elements, a strategic element and a tactical element. Normally as amateur players our first instinct is to scan the board for tactical elements and this is surely the correct procedure because tactics are usually ... | Read More

    • Test your positional play #2

      In chess we are taught to think in general terms and act in a concrete way, often though its the synthesis of elements which fail us and we pursue a wrong positional plan.  In the following there are three plausible scenarios based on positional... | Read More

    • Test your positional play #1

      Its somewhat of an art form to be able to accurately analyse a chess position and to formulate the correct plan for its not always clear.  At the moment I am reading the truly excellent book authored by Robert Bellin and Pietro Ponzeto, 'Test you... | Read More