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  • How to Become a Tactical Wizard

    There is no need to explain the importance of tactics for a tournament player. I bet you've all heard the cliche "chess is 99% tactics," or an anecdote about a grandmaster who was a famous endgame specialist. (Was it Smyslov? I don't remember.) ... | Czytaj więcej

  • The Truth About Doubled Pawns

    If I had to choose the most popular misconception in chess, I wouldn't hesitate for a second.  It is the so-called 'weakness' of doubled pawns. I cannot tell you my dear readers how many times I have encountered the same situation during anal... | Czytaj więcej

  • How to Improve your Calculation

    Hello  Magesh and Arun: As my question subject suggests I have a problem calculating complicated chess positions. Although I can see a single line in considerable length, when the variations become complicated and the tree of possib... | Czytaj więcej

  • Questions by the Mysterious NNs

    NN asked (he’s a reader but I left his name out since I took some liberties with his question): I would like your opinion on how to study the middlegame? At the moment I rise at 5AM, eat a 4,000 calorie breakfast, do training tactics ... | Czytaj więcej

    • Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 6

      Part 6. Ending and Aftermath, with Bobby speaking Russian Previously on: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. But while some wrote articles, and others prepared to greet the new world champion in person, thinking that the next fe... | Czytaj więcej

      • Spektrowski
      • | 27.10.2015
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    • Breaking Down a Complex Rook Ending

      In the last blog entry, I encouraged you to set up a position on your computer and see if you can hold the position. But first, I need two paragraphs in order to meet our overlord’s wishes that all blog posts start with t... | Czytaj więcej

      • PaulEChess
      • | 07.07.2015
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    • My Experience Using the Analysis Board With My Students

      Ever since I started using's Analysis Board to do my lessons with my students at my coaching website "", I have always had a very positive experience with it. The analysis board is very intuitive, easy to use an... | Czytaj więcej

    • Yugoslav attack

      In the Yugoslav attack, I would begin with the moves: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 0-0 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. Bc4             Here you would note how the structure lends itself to opposite side castli... | Czytaj więcej

      • JoeAnthony1
      • | 13.06.2013
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    • Know your opening repertoire!

      Hi all! A chess game normally consists of 5 stages: the fundamental three (opening, middlegame, and endgame), and the transition periods between these. I have been told (so I do not take credits for this line myself) that you should spend about t... | Czytaj więcej

  • Fried Liver Attack

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     The Fried Liver Attack is a continuation of the Two Knights Defense. It is an aggressive gambit where white gives up a knight in exchange for poor king safety for black. This attack has not been proven decisive, especially under slower time cont... Czytaj więcej »

  • How to teach your child how to play chess

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    If you have a child and you want to teach him/her how to play chess first get him/her intrested in the game. If he/she doesn't want to play don't make him/her. (I"ll say her because I'me a girl).  What you want to do is if she decided to play fir... Czytaj więcej »

  • Zugzwang

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    Zugzwang an intermediate move  ZANG  Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung",  Zugzwang (German for "compulsion to move", pronounced [ˈtsuːktsvaŋ]) is a situation found in chess and other games wherein one player is put at a disadvantage because they m... Czytaj więcej »

  • Sicilian Defence

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      The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed.Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking cont... Czytaj więcej »

  • Three-Fold Repitition

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    One way to draw a game is to manuvuer into a sitiuation where the same EXACT position is repeated three times. This is called THREE-FOLD REPITITION. It usually happens with PERPETUAL CHECK. That means one side keeps checking the other side and nei... Czytaj więcej »