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  • 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

  • The Wooden Horse

    We have just entered 2014 which is the year of the Wooden Horse. It should be a lucky year for people who take care of their wooden horses on a daily basis. Of course I am talking about chess players. For the majority of people the Wooden Hor... | Read More


    • Tactic stretcher!

      Hi! In my last article, I gave two tactics on pin and identify the threat. Today, I will show tactics on far advanced pawns and smothered mate.   And here is the second one | Read More

    • Smothered Mate Puzzle

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      • Saoquim
      • | Feb 9, 2016
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    • Proud I could see this mate

      Someone posted this on reddit, it was not my game, but after looking at it for twenty minutes I finally saw the move. The key was seeing that it is possible to get a semi-smothered mate with two knights, but the pesky f7 pawn was preventing that, ... | Read More

      • woh3
      • | Jan 15, 2016
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    • Supercharge day 1 - My goals - part 2

      In this post I continue to share with you my experiences of the Day 1 of the  21 days to Supercharge your chess course  In the last post I shared with you my goals about this course and gave a homework, to evaulate the position of the practi... | Read More

    • I have a long way to go.

      I have been using the Chess.com trainer tool, and it has shown me that I have years of bad instincts. There was an awesome sequence of smothered mate problems that were a real eye-opener for me. When it came to a choice between taking the path tha... | Read More

      • woh3
      • | Jan 10, 2016
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  • 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 »