Imagine this. You are playing a serious game at a tournament. You racked your brains for another couple of minutes and figured out that the e3 square is the best one for your Rook, and lo! One from the audience shouts out, “you missed a checkmate in two moves!” What? It can’t be. Well yeah, it really is. You do an instant facepalm and remember when your coach would keep … [Read more...] about The ultimate guide to checkmates in chess
Perhaps, it’s me but the stark gender bias in chess always astounded me. High-rated women chess players are few and far between. Why is there such a scarcity of female presence at the top level of this sport or profession? One thing raised my eyebrow when R Praggnanandhaa became a GM and got all that publicity but does anybody know that Vaishali R, his sister, is already one … [Read more...] about Why so few women chess players?
Look up on chess.com, chess24.com or lichess.org and you will see that most titled players are playing blitz games. Chess blitz and bullet games are quick and fun, and if you want to improve your chess impulses, chess blitz and bullet games are an absolute must! In fact, if you look through these forums, I would go as far as to say that 80 percent of high-level games are … [Read more...] about Excel At Chess Blitz & Bullet Games (4 Simple Tips!)
Chess endgames are where games are won. As long as you are playing chess players rated under 2000, tactics might win you games. However, in the higher echelon of chess, endgames are where most games are won. Chess masters do not fall prey to cheap tactics! In fact, they don’t fall prey to combinations either most of the time. (Yes, they are “masters” for a reason, after … [Read more...] about 8 Endgame Rules For Beginners
It has to be understood from the very first that no opening is aggressive in the pure sense. What I mean is, you can very well play any opening tactically or positionally, some leaning more on either side. But for a few openings, the tactical opportunities are far more than the rest. These are the openings where you might take the game toward aggressive middlegames faster … [Read more...] about 7 Aggressive Chess Openings For White
8 Chess Pawn Structures To Study Pawn structure, in the words of IM Jeremy Silman, is "the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given position due to open files, space, pawn weaknesses, etc." According to the Philidor quote, “pawns are the soul of … [Read more...] about 8 Chess Pawn Structures To Study
The Scotch Opening in chess is one of those few chess openings where the white is expected to go on aggressive mode right from the start. The white takes on control of the center and heads the initiative in development. (If you are one of those beginner chess players who are afraid of taking the initiative right away, the Scotch opening is a great opening to practice.) The … [Read more...] about The Scotch Opening In Chess
If you are not yet interested to study chess endgames, let’s start with a quote from the world’s most computer-accurate chess players of all time: “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else, for whereas the endings can be studied and mastered by themselves, the middle game and the opening must be studied in relation to the … [Read more...] about How to Study Chess Endgames (3 Steps!)
Guess what, nobody is a positional chess player. But everybody is a chess player nonetheless. Yes, we do peg one into the tactical or positional chess category but come to think about, can any tactic arise irrespective of a position? Of course not. Tactical or positional chess depends upon on the move you make. Tactical or Positional Chess? To put it in right words, while … [Read more...] about Chess Positional Ideas. Explained.
Chess is a very ancient game that first appeared in India around the fourth or fifth century A.D. Although there are many legends about the origin of chess, nobody really knows who invented the game. Chess is an intellectual competition between two players. It is played on a square board divided into 64 equal squares that are alternately light and dark. Each player always has … [Read more...] about Chess Board Setup Explained For Beginners