Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Analysis of an amateur gameAnalysing 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysis-of-amateur-gameFri, 29 Jan 2016 12:29:42 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysis-of-amateur-gameTest your positional play_3Care 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play3Sun, 24 Jan 2016 11:27:08 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play3FM 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/fm-yuri-krupenski-brilliancySun, 17 Jan 2016 14:24:35 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/fm-yuri-krupenski-brilliancyIM 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/im-jovanka-houska-lcc-2015Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:02:02 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/im-jovanka-houska-lcc-2015Analysing the position - Tactical ElementAs 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---tactical-elementWed, 09 Sep 2015 14:14:04 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---tactical-elementAnalysing the position - Dynamic ElementIf 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 ...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---dynamic-elementMon, 07 Sep 2015 08:24:22 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---dynamic-elementAnalysing the position - Static elementEvery 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 ...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---static-elementSun, 06 Sep 2015 06:34:45 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/analysing-the-position---static-elementTest 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play-2Mon, 24 Aug 2015 03:15:01 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-play-2Test your positional play #1Its 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-playSat, 15 Aug 2015 14:05:02 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/test-your-positional-playEndgame Brilliancy GM Serper v GM NakamuraA fortress in chess may be a relatively easy concept to understand, but to create one is an entirely different matter. In the game excerpt GM Grigory Serper does just that in a 2005 United States championship match with GM Hikaru Nakamura.   F...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/endgame-brilliancy-gm-serper-v-gm-nakamuraSat, 08 Aug 2015 07:50:29 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/endgame-brilliancy-gm-serper-v-gm-nakamuraHow to beat up a FIDE Master in under 1 min.It is not everyday that a common garden variety type of patzer like myself gets a request from a USCF Expert rated player to feature one or two of his games on ones somewhat insignificant youtube chess channel.   It came as a relief if I am hone...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-beat-up-a-fide-master-in-under-1-minSun, 02 Aug 2015 08:08:04 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/how-to-beat-up-a-fide-master-in-under-1-minHou Yifan v Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2015As amateur player we have a tendency to look for killer moves, which is in itself the correct approach because probably the vast majority of our games are decided by tactical means.  We may also have a tendency to sharpen the game either because ...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/hou-yifan-v-vladimir-kramnik-dortmund-2015Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:40:04 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/hou-yifan-v-vladimir-kramnik-dortmund-2015GM Walter Browne tributeI remember watching Walter Browne on the BBC's Master game. He was possibly the most intense chess player I had ever observed, entirely serious and focused.  In time trouble he was about to promote and suddenly realised that there was not an extr...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/gm-walter-browne-tributeThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:24:08 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/gm-walter-browne-tributeThe 2 most important thinking methods in chessI recently took a free internet chess course entitled the ten day chess challenge being offered by a website chessfox.com and I can honestly say it was one of the most rewarding little courses that I have taken.  You simply enter your email addre...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2-of-the-most-important-thinking-methods-in-chessTue, 16 Jun 2015 00:38:27 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/2-of-the-most-important-thinking-methods-in-chessKings Indian, bayonet attack.In KID usually blacks set up is to keep the position closed and to try to mate white before he gets his queen-side attack going. Whites idea in the Mar del Plata Bayonet attack is very dynamic, to induce black to give up the bishop pair and to se...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/kings-indian-bayonet-attackSun, 07 Jun 2015 03:46:06 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/kings-indian-bayonet-attackMaterial v Piece Co-ordinationChess is without doubt a team game whereby all the pieces cooperate with one another as the march of logic progresses to complete the ultimate task of checkmate.  It is as far as I can discern generally understood that even if there is a material...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/material-v-piece-co-ordination2Sat, 23 May 2015 15:05:28 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/material-v-piece-co-ordination2The Grand Prix AttackOne of the attractions of The Grand Prix Attack playing against the Sicilian defence is that its direct, dynamic and straightforward to play.  White according to his pawn set up and configuration may go in for either a closed centre with pawns on...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/the-grand-prix-attackSun, 19 Apr 2015 09:33:08 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/the-grand-prix-attackSchematic thinking in the endgame (Capablanca v Ragozin)In the middle game due to the attacking and defensive possibilities, calculation and variations are paramount as we concern ourselves with looking at and evaluation forcing lines.  In the endgame technique becomes of primary importance and in so ...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/schematic-thinking-in-the-endgameFri, 27 Mar 2015 02:22:15 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/schematic-thinking-in-the-endgameCaro structure : d4-d5, Spassky v O'Kelly de GalwayThe game that is featured is a superb positional game by Grandmaster and former chess world champion Boris Spassky annotated by Grandmaster Andrew Soltis in his famous book Pawn Structure Chess. After 15 ... g6 blacks kingside is quite strong in c...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/d4-d5Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:02:40 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/d4-d5European Chess Championships (Khismatullin v Eljanov)"The Art of chess involves exploring possibilities bearing the game to a position in which the conventional values of the pieces cease to exist.'The above saying has been attributed to former Russian world champion Michael Botvinnik.  What does h...https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/european-chess-championships-khismatullin-v-eljanovTue, 10 Mar 2015 08:43:15 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/robbie_1969/european-chess-championships-khismatullin-v-eljanov