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  • Chess Patterns Are For Everyone

    I always mention the importance of patterns in chess. Unfortunately, many laugh at the thought, others prefer to ignore a reality (patterns) that demands hard work for those who dream of being a master, and some view patterns as nothi... | Read More

  • 6 Chess Moves You Have To Play Before You Die

    The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away. Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More

  • How to Mate Your Opponent

    How to Mate Your Opponent   "Winning Chess" by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld gave the following three quotes that inspired this presentation: As soon as a true thought has entered our mind, it gives a light which makes us see a crowd of o... | Read More

  • Formation Attack Strategies Book (June 2012)

    Formation Attack Strategies The much awaited sequel to the best selling book, “Formation Attacks”, has arrived. “Formation Attack Strategies” is another 500 page book, full of great attack information with 579 fabulous attack games from a... | Read More

  • When Castles Attack

         There are certain rare actions in chess that elicit an almost emotional response - windmills, smothered mates, advantageous underpromotions and what I want to include here:  Checkmate by Castling.      This type of mate is so ra... | Read More


    • 18 Queens: Fun with Crazyhouse

      About a week ago, I decided to give Crazyhouse a try.  I found an opponent, leanValdes, who was willing to play five or six 5|0 games, and we both got to win some of them. After the sixth game, I had an idea.  "Do you want to try to make 18 que... | Read More

    • Claustrophobia in Chess

      That dreaded feeling in Chess ... all your pieces are trapped along the back ranks and you can't move!!   Ever since I ventured to the Cu Chi tunnels in Vietnam, I believe I've developed a mild case of Claustrophobia. Whilst hunched over crawli... | Read More

    • Smothered Mate at Grandmaster Level

      Can you spot how GM Alexander Grischuk checkmated GM Ruslan Ponomariov in 2000? It was a smothered mate. White to move, checkmate in 2: Did you like this puzzle? And did you solve it? Let it know in the comments if you want.   | Read More

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    • Supercharge my chess - day 1

      Today I start to write  my daily experiences about the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course  The structure of the study of Day 1 was the following: - Theoretical section: finding and writing down my goals I want to reach by studying ... | Read More




  • 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 »

  • Swallow's Tail Mate

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    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 »

  • I dare you to- SAC YOUR QUEENIE

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    Oh she's the most valuable piece alright!  That's what makes her so promising!  When you give up your queen (I don't reccomend it unless your playing me) You never know if it's a trap.  Leg'as mate was played by tow guys a little while back.  ... 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 »

  • Barnes' Opening

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    Barnes Opening (or Gedult's Opening) is a chess opening where White opens with: 1. f3The opening is named after Thomas Wilson Barnes (1825–74), an English player who had an impressive eight wins over Paul Morphy, including one game wh... Read More »