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  • “What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (46)

    chessimprover.com | 23/03/2021 13:08:03 | Reads: 56
    “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer” Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading "“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (46)" The post “What Say You?”...
  • Rook takes h6

    chessimprover.com | 21/03/2021 11:30:13 | Reads: 55
    I reached this position earlier in the month in one of our online club tournaments, against an opponent, who coincidentally lives in my road, who is rated some way below me, but still a dangerous tactician. I had the black pieces, and eventually won the game after mutual blunders (demonstrating the complete game would embarrass … Continue reading "Rook takes h6" The post Rook takes h6...
  • A Foundation for Beginners Eleven

    chessimprover.com | 19/03/2021 11:30:42 | Reads: 71
    By now, you should have a basic understanding of your goals during the game’s opening. Before I introduce you to a few openings to use in your arsenal, I want to show you a couple of tricks and traps you may encounter as a beginner. This week and next, we’ll delve into this topic. While … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Eleven" The post A Foundation for Beginners...
  • One of The Greatest Chess Games Ever Played - Morphy vs Anderssen 1858 (...

    kesaris.blogspot.com | 17/03/2021 16:38:00 | Reads: 78
  • Gouge ’em with the Göring

    chessimprover.com | 17/03/2021 16:30:16 | Reads: 72
    The Göring Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.c3) offers a pawn for fast development. It’s a dangerous opening which needs to be taken seriously and as a teenager I tried it myself. In the following encounter one of its most famous exponents, Dragoljub Velimirovic uses it to beat a young Oleg Romanishin in … Continue reading "Gouge ’em with the Göring" The post Gouge...
  • Ignore at Your Peril

    chessimprover.com | 16/03/2021 11:30:09 | Reads: 80
    “They ignore you now, but they’ll need you later” Unknown Round 4 of our club tournament was dominated by a common theme: the back rank. It is a bit surprising because protecting one’s back rank is something taught very early. Many should remember the times when playing h2-h3 or h7-h6 occupied a major part of … Continue reading "Ignore at Your Peril" The post Ignore...
  • Rook takes h5

    chessimprover.com | 14/03/2021 11:30:14 | Reads: 92
    Our club has a new prospective member who, not having played since school, has taught himself through watching a random bunch of YouTube videos. He also plays a lot online and takes part in our regular tournaments to learn from the stronger players. He’s clearly talented, but, at present, somewhat confused. For instance, he defends … Continue reading "Rook takes h5" The post Rook...
  • A Foundation for Beginners Ten

    chessimprover.com | 12/03/2021 11:00:21 | Reads: 89
    Last week, we looked at the further development of our minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) as well as three things we shouldn’t do during the opening; bringing the Queen out early, moving the same piece over and over again (during the opening), and making too many pawn moves. This week, we’re going to look at … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Ten" The post A Foundation for...
  • Paul Morphy Shows How to Beat Your Dad (Morphy Alonzo) at Chess

    kesaris.blogspot.com | 11/03/2021 19:51:00 | Reads: 61
  • Flay ’em with Fegatello

    chessimprover.com | 10/03/2021 16:30:02 | Reads: 58
    The Fegatello Attack, more commonly known as the ‘Fried Liver’ is one of the most taught openings at junior level as coaches look for quick ways for their students to become successful. It goes 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+, drawing Black’s king out into the open. A … Continue reading "Flay ’em with Fegatello" The post Flay...
  • Quick Decisions (4)

    chessimprover.com | 09/03/2021 11:00:51 | Reads: 50
    “Choices are the hinges of destiny” Pythagoras We have restarted our club meetings online this past December and it already feels like we have been doing this for a long time. Personally I miss the in person interaction and we will return to this as soon as possible. However being able to meet online is … Continue reading "Quick Decisions (4)" The post Quick Decisions (4) appeared first...
  • Ask a Silly Question

    chessimprover.com | 07/03/2021 11:00:14 | Reads: 50
    It’s been amusing (or disturbing, depending on your perspective) to see the effect of the current chess mini-boom on both social media and book sales. I belong to various Facebook groups for chess teachers and learners, where members, often newbies, ask questions, and receive, in most cases, unhelpful, or even dangerous, advice from the Dunnings … Continue reading "Ask a Silly...
  • A Foundation for Beginners Nine

    chessimprover.com | 05/03/2021 13:41:51 | Reads: 52
    Last week, we explored the further development of your minor pieces (Knights and Bishops) during the opening. We also examined castling, more specifically when to castle. This week, we’re going to look at pawn and piece coordination during the opening as well as three things you should not do during this game phase. In a … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Nine" The post A...
  • Eviscerate ’em with the Evans

    chessimprover.com | 02/03/2021 15:30:49 | Reads: 61
    It was suggested that I cover the Elephant Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5?!) this week, though as I’m loathe to encourage this kind of thing I thought the Evans Gambit (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4!?) was a better choice. It is named after its creator, the Welsh sea Captain William Davies Evans. By … Continue reading "Eviscerate ’em with the Evans" The post Eviscerate ’em...
  • “What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (45)

    chessimprover.com | 02/03/2021 11:30:07 | Reads: 56
    “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer” Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading "“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (45)" The post “What Say You?”...