"Yours is no Disgrace" Blog

Helpful hints I have picked up along the way!  These are just generalities.  There are exceptions to every rule.

    • Forced moves

      I recommended that my students look for all captures and checks and especially capture checks when examining a sharp position. The point is that even if the capture or check is not useful immediately, it may help determine your best strategy so th... | Read More

    • Facing an unepected move in opening

      In general, the best way to deal with any unexpected move in the opening is to simply fall back on the four opening guidelines: place a pawn or two in the center, castle, connect the Rooks, and then aim the Rooks. If you do those things you are gu... | Read More

    • Chess trap - Lasker

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    • Playing against two bishops

      if someone owns two Bishops you should trade one off. | Read More

    • Passed Pawns

      A passed pawn is only useful if it is playing an active part in the game or if its owner has play elsewhere and intends to use it for endgame insurance. Most importantly, whoever controls the square directly in front of this pawn is doing well sin... | Read More

    • SHould I trade a rook for a bishop and knight?

      Such a trade almost always favors the side with the two pieces. White is now winning the game. Don't forget: two pieces are much better than a rook! | Read More

    • X-ray Vision Defined

      To apply X-Ray-Vision in chess means, that you never look at the chess pieces but to their energy lines. If you see a knight then you visualize the squares in your mind that are controlled by this knight. | Read More

    • Defending against knight

      Steinitz always said that the way to beat Knights is to take away all their advanced squares. | Read More

    • Trading pawns

      One of the most important principles of defending (and drawing) an inferior endgame is to trade pawns. Especially in minor piece endgames (endgames involving only bishops and knights) it is an important strategy, since - unlike rooks and queens - ... | Read More

    • Space

      In general, if an opponent has more space, you should trade some pieces off (giving you more room to move about in), create your own spatial plus in another sector of the board, or use pawns to break open lines so your pieces can penetrate, or wea... | Read More