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  • The Positional Threat

    When you think of the word "threat," what comes to mind? A threat of checkmate, perhaps? A threat to trap your piece? An indirect threat against your queen?  Whatever your specific mental representation, it is most likely tactical... | Read More

  • How To Use Dynamic Diagonals

    People spend too much time reading opening books. There you go, I have said it. Think what you may of this statement, but it seems to me that the chess market is saturated with opening books. So many people will blindly buy a book, add to their ... | Read More

  • Opening Failures And How to Avoid Them

    The member yoavb2 said: “I read your ‘How to Reassess Your Chess 4th’ but fail in the opening, which makes me start with a disadvantage. How can I fix it?” ANSWER:  I looked at several of your games (whil... | Read More

  • Overextending Your Pawns

    The member JN wrote: I took up chess about a year ago when a friend introduced me to the game. Since then, he and I have taken to playing quite often; we typically play about four or five days a week, two or three games in a sitting. ... | Read More

  • Why Chess Players Blunder (Part 2)

    Part 1 of our previous instalment offered a theoretical framework for blunders. This second part suggests a way to combat impulsiveness and blunder-tendencies. Chess players are often encouraged to read chess books and watch DVDsto improvetheir ... | Read More

    • Capablanca's Rule

      I'd always assumed that Capablanca's rule was nearly as well-known as how the bishop moves, but after playing through a game from the German Bundesliga, it occurred to me that good old Capablanca's pearls of wisdom could be like the Orthodox Queen... | Read More

    • My Path to FM - Week 12/13

      I'm slacking! Uhoh!  I played in a tournament last weekend, so I have some neat stuff to write about.  Let's get right into it...   There were a few critical positions that I think I handled pretty well, and one that I didn't handle well at ... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Apr 26, 2016
    • precious peculiar pawn phalanx - endgame tactics

      Time for some endgame patterns. Do you recognize this pawn phalanx ? And who has the better prospects here ? And with this one ? As you can see, a far advanced pawn phalanx can give big advantages. Here in a game from Capablanca, white gets... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 26, 2016
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    • Pump up your rating - following 1

      I've been reading in "Pump up your rating" by IM Axel Smith, and even though some of it is hard to grasp for me right now, I do enjoy reading all of it. In the chapter about "pawn levers" Axel Smith gives various examples how Axel and Nils Grande... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Apr 25, 2016
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    • Tim's Tournament Book Blog VI: St. Petersburg 1914

      St. Petersburg 1914 International Chess TournamentBy Dr. Siegbert TarraschTranslated by Dr. Robert MaxhamEdited by Dale BrandrethCaissa Editions, 1993267 pagesSt. Petersburg 1914 remains one of the seminal events in chess history.  It featured a... | Read More

      • SLBM1959
      • | Apr 21, 2016

  • Zwischenzug

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    The German word zwischenzug means 'in-between move', and it is a common tactic that occurs in almost every game of chess! It is also known as an `intermezzo`. Picture your opponent making a move that directly threatens one of your pieces: instead... Read More »

  • Soltis, Andrew

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    Andrew (andy) Solits is an American grandmaster.  In 1979, Soltis began writing a monthly column called “Chess to Enjoy” for Chess Life magazine.  It is the longest running column in that magazine.  In 1980, Soltis was awarded the G... Read More »

  • Why you should almost never advance the soldier on f7!

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    You know in chess, your entire army works as a team!! But sometimes  a piece rebels against the king. They are out to cause trouble! Either that or they made the wrong move at the wrong time! In this case the f7 pawn made the same mistake! Or the... Read More »

  • You never know when you will face these very unusual and usual places

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    There are many positions in chess! There are three phases of the game-Beginning-middlegame-and Endgame! We will focus mainly on the Endgame today!!  This Endgame is simple.  It is focusing on the King and pawn versus king. This position is won-... Read More »

  • En passant

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    En passant (from French: "in passing") is a maneuver in chess which is performed after a player moves a pawn two squares forward from its starting position, and an opposing pawn captures it as if it had only moved one square.  En passant may onl... Read More »