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  • Links to the Past

    This is the week of Halloween, a time when we dust the cobwebs, ressurect the dead and free the whispy ghosts of the departed.I thought this would be an appropriate time to open my own vault into the not-so-distant...

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

    The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are: The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two. Your...

  • Checkmate in one!

    Last week we discussed the game where Russian Super Grandmaster Evgeny Tomashevsky missed a checkmate in one. Of course that was a special situation where a draw was enough for him to win the match and qualify for...

  • X-ray - Chess Taser!

    • IM Silman
    • Jun 4, 2013, 5:54 AM

    Knowing all the different tactical devices in chess is both easy and extremely important since they turn up all the time. This means that you will be able to use them when the opportunity presents itself, and avoid...

  • A Case for learning Mating Patterns

      Checkmate is the heart of a chess game.  There are many known mating patterns - how certain pieces coordinate to deliver mate and chess players should know these by heart. Knowing how to deliver...

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  • Book based course to take you to 2000 strength in slow chess

    INTRODUCTION I was recently asked by an intermediate player how to set about improving to 2000 strength and wrote a detailed reply.  As it might be useful to other players I am posting it (lightly edited) here....

  • Weak and strong pieces in bughouse

    • Sorsi
    • Nov 26, 2016, 11:11 AM

    In this post i am going to talk about the pieces value in different situations. Most players already know the pieces value in bughouse as it is: N/B/R = 2p Q = 4p As in chess this value of course depends very much...

  • Crazyhouse: Revitalizing the Romance in Chess

    While it’s true in today’s chess climate that high level tournaments exhibit more fighting chess than has been seen in recent decades (and thank goodness for that!), it’s impossible to ignore the larger trend in...

  • Bughouse attack patterns

    • Sorsi
    • Nov 14, 2016, 1:35 PM

    In this post i am going to show you how approach your opponent's king in multiple common situations. In this situation typical mistake is to drop a pawn on f2 instead of h2. You have to drop p@h2 so if your opp...

  • The 3 most popular mating patterns in this tournament

    With the Italian Battle tournament coming to an end (watch the final Queen and Rook endgame here), I want to go through some mating patterns I witnessed in this tournament. We have seen a lot of fights ending in...


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