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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

    • 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

    • Aesthetics of a chess set

      I'm avoiding too much chess on the internet.  It's good training and fun to set up a position on a good quality wooden set and study it for the recommended 20 minutes without moving the pieces.   A good wooden set is a physical pleasure and a be... | Czytaj więcej

      • Frankem51
      • | 27.04.2012
      • | 882 odsłon
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  • 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 »

  • Dutch Defense

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    The Dutch Defense 1. d4 f5 is an attempt to create an imbalance in the position on move one and prepare for a King-side attack by Black. Most common variations are The Classical: 1. d4 f5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. g3 e6 (and a later d6); The Stonewall: 1. d4 ... Czytaj więcej »

  • Shogi

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    Shogi is the Japanese form of Chess. It has been evolving in a different direction as international Chess for more than 1000 years, however, and its history contains many Shogi variants, some even still played today. Modern Shogi is played on a 9x... Czytaj więcej »

  • Zugzwang

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    Pronounced "tsoog-tsvung", Zugzwang is a German word meaning "obligation to move".  The term is used for a position in which whoever has the move would obtain a worse result than if it were the opponent’s turn to play. A player is said to b... Czytaj więcej »

  • Latvian Gambit

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    The Latvian gambit would begin 1.e4-e5 2.Nf3-f5 creating a kind of reverse King's Gambit as Black. It is generally a less used gambit for its potential difficulties with king's side attacks from White, as well as its conflicts with some theoretic... Czytaj więcej »