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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 chess.com 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


    • My Experience Using the Chess.com Analysis Board With My Students

      Ever since I started using Chess.com's Analysis Board to do my lessons with my students at my coaching website "NextLevelChessCoaching.com", 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
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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 kwi 2012
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    • iPhone Chess: Hiarcs

      Mobile Chess with Hiarcs on iPhoneIf you had told me when I first started playing chess that one day my phone would be able to beat me at chess I would have thought you were mad. Phones used to be made of bakelite and had two real bells inside tha... | Czytaj więcej

      • bluetrane
      • | 10 kwi 2011
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  • 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 »

  • Minor Pieces Checkmates

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    MINOR Pieces Are Rarely used for mate  It sometimes only used for support mate Im gonna serve you with some puzzle in a position where king is in the Corner/Edge of the board and , we got a few minor pieces(Bishop, Knight, and maybe a Pawn) I thi... 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... Czytaj więcej »

  • tablebase

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    An endgame tablebase is a computerized database that contains precalculated exhaustive analysis of a chess endgame position. It is typically used by a computer chess engine during play, or by a human or computer that is retrospectively anal... Czytaj więcej »

  • Word Gambit

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    Gambit refers to a chess opening in which pieces are sacrificed so as to gain a better position. It was first described in Spanish in the Lopez 1561 chess classic Libro de la Invencion Liberal y Arte del Juego del Axedrez. It took until 1813 for t... Czytaj więcej »