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  • The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

    The member Olaspecial wrote: “I am keen to become Nigeria’s next titled player (I hope this makes you smile) and I believe you can help me get there. I am diligent and I have been working hard at developing my opening repe... | Read More

  • Spotting And Avoiding Tactics

    There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture), which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed. There is no existing threat of a tactic, bu... | Read More

  • A Monster Attack And Key Endgames

    I’ll start with a fun game. Black was so taken with his own brilliance that he wrote a blog about it, and he gave his opening a name: "The Magicians’ Attack!" Well, he should be excited since this kind of attack and subsequent m... | Read More

  • Play Chess With A Pro Football Player will host its first pro-am vote-chess event next month, pairing the Baltimore Ravens guard and chess enthusiast John Urschel with International Master Danny Rensch to take on the world over the 64 squares.  Any... | Read More

  • Touch-Move Rule Adventures

    I am probably a lucky guy, because I never had any "touch-move rule" episodes in my whole chess career.  Don't get me wrong, it happened numerous times in my games that either I or my opponent touched a wrong piece at a wrong time, but i... | Read More

    • Tata Steel

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    • Skwim, aikido, and improving at chess

      For about a year and a half I've been playing Skwim a couple of times a month.  It's a team sport similar to Ultimate, but played in a swimming pool with a soft rubber disk that skims along the water.  My local pool holds games every Friday with... | Read More

      • mkkuhner
      • | May 25, 2016
    • Depth and Subtlety in Rook Endings is Mind Blowing

      Resuming my study on Chess Informant's Rook Endings II, I was oustanded at the depth and logic behind a position A. Cheron published in 1944. Literally I could write every blog entry about each position in this book and fill pages upon pages.  ... | Read More

    • Crushing Queen Pawn Openings

      Hey guys! This week I had another awesome YouTube webinar, this time on how to crush all those solid, positional 1.d4 players! If you want to follow the lecture attentively, you should maximize the broadcast window by clicking at the lecture ti... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | May 21, 2016
    • My Tactical Achilles Heel: Discovered Attack

      The first stage in fixing a problem is recognising you have a problem. If there is one tactical short coming I wish I could recognise faster, better and improve, it's the discovered attack performed on me. In a number of games now I've had example... | Read More

Video Lessons


  • Swallow's Tail Mate

    • 33 Reads
    • | 33 Reads

    The Swallow's Tail Mate is a rare mating pattern. The king is checkmated by an enemy queen, and two friendly pieces block off the backward-diagonal escape squares. Read More »

  • 2 rooks checkmate

    • 4 Reads
    • | 4 Reads

    A checkmate is where you force the enemy in such a way that the enemy king has nowhere to go. Now, a two rook checkmate is an easy way of winning. First, you block the escapade route of the enemy king with one of your rooks. Then you give check t... Read More »

  • Mating Patterns

    • 7 Reads
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    Hi! This is Chessking47 (or CK47) writing about Mating Patterns. First, Anastasia's Mate.              I hope you enjoyed that cute mate. Now, the mate can be applied more strikingly. Combine decoy and clearance sacrifice. ... Read More »

  • pin; a way to win

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    Pins are a way to win because the piece checks the king and the knight, bishop, rook or queen can block it.This is a severe weakness becase if  the pinner is less valueable than the blocker,the pinner can capture the blocker and get a bigger va... Read More »

  • Scholar's Mate

    • 33 Reads
    • | 33 Reads

    Scholar's Mate is also known as the "4 move mate". It is mostly this:           You can't trust it in all cases though,this is why:It Can be blocked and puts your pieces in a bad position. Once you block it you will usually win the ga... Read More »