Control The Center
5 min

Control The Center

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

Put your pieces in the ideal position to control the most important part of the board - the center. Try to attack those squares, e4, d4, e5 and d5 early in the game. If you can control those squares your opponent won't b...

Develop Your Pieces
7 min

Develop Your Pieces

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

Take control of the game by developing your pieces rapidly to squares where they control the center. You want to develop your knights and bishops and castle quickly. Once you've done that, it's time to move the queen and...

Protect Your King
5 min

Protect Your King

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

King safety is the most important positional factor in chess. Usually the best way to secure your king is to castle. That way you can use your center pawns to fight for the center, but keep your side pawns back to protec...

Active Pieces
7 min

Active Pieces

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

An active piece has the potential to make many moves. At the start of the game, most pieces can't move at all and the knights can only move to two squares each. The best way to get pieces active is to move them towards t...

Phases Of The Game
2 min

Phases Of The Game

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

Chess games typically feature three phases. The opening is when each side focuses on developing their pieces from the back rank. Once most pieces are developed we reach the middle-game, where both sides attempt to improv...

Your Opponent's Move
8 min

Your Opponent's Move

NM Fischwitsch
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May 13, 2020

It’s important to pay attention to what your opponent is trying to do each turn. You want to watch out for any checks, captures, or threats that the opponent might make. Those are the moves that are likely to get you in...

Magnus Carlsen's Top Five Moves
8 min

Magnus Carlsen's Top Five Moves

GM Ginger_GM
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Apr 22, 2020

Magnus Carlsen is the current World Champion and might be the best player of all time! How did Carlsen become the star he is? Take a look at Magnus's top five moves from when he was a child up to his matches for the titl...

Bobby Fischer's Top Five Moves
9 min

Bobby Fischer's Top Five Moves

GM Ginger_GM
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Apr 22, 2020

Bobby Fischer was the most dominant player of his era and maybe of all time! What ingenious ideas did he use to win the World Championship and a perfect 11-0 US Championship? Find out by seeing his five best moves!