Chess is often thought of as a complex game, but can really be easily learned. The key to becoming a better player is to never get stuck on one level of play. Always be adding to your game by learning and trying new strategies. Here’s a few tips to start you off.
Zugzwang , disadvantageous since it forces a player to move, is often a factor in endgames but rarely in other stages of the game. In the example diagram, either side having the move is in zugzwang: Black to move must play 1…Kb7 allowing White to promote the pawn after 2.Kd7; White to move must permit a draw, either by 1.Kc6 stalemate or by losing the pawn after any other legal move.
Attack and defense – If you are playing white, do not play defense, get your forces out until you find an opening, then attack. If you are … Read More
There are many solid chess openings but I’m going to show you the top ten most solid chess openings that there are. First maybe I should define a solid chess opening; a solid chess opening is a chess opening characterized by minimal risk taking and quiet positional play rather than sharp tactical lines. Solid positions in general tend to be very hard to crack and maybe hard for a beginner to recognize but an experienced chess player can tell right away whether or not a position is solid or tactical. Anyway here is a countdown of the most solid openings in chess.
The well-known conflict between the South’s Confederate Army and the North’s Federal Troops resulted in many famous battles with many lives lost. By playing on a civil war chess set, you will feel as if you are right there on the field, planning and developing tactics for a … Read More
Learning all of these subjects was an eye-opening experience, as I had no idea there was such a vast amount to learn. In fact, as I mentioned before there is still a lot left for me to work on! But I have always been a student of learning as well as a student of whatever subject I am studying, and I was left with a feeling that there was something missing from the process that could have made it easier, or perhaps more efficient.
Here’s an example – BLACK has a pawn at d4; WHITE moves his e2-pawn to e4; had WHITE moved to e3m the BLACK d4 pawn would have been able to capture so now he can capture en-passant on his next move. But if BLACK decides to make another move instead, he gives up his right to capture.
With algebraic notation, each different chess piece is either … Read More
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The Nimzo-Indian Defense is solid in concept. White’s plan in playing Nc3 is to prepare e4 which could give white a serious advantage if they manage to do that so black prevents it by pinning the knight. After black exchanges their bishop for white’s knight they have complete control over e4 which makes it very difficult for white to effectively get the ideal pawn center. The Nimzo is time tested and there is no way to completely refute this solid opening.
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Long before chess came to Europe from India, the British Celts were playing board games where the object was to capture a central ‘king’ piece. Two variants of this game existed, Gwyddbwyll and Tallfwrdd.
A civil war chess set features a beautiful civil war dimension. It explores an important event in United States history. The chess pieces are the images of great leaders from both sides of the Civil War. These figures include Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and many others. The commanders come in historically accurate dress, expression and even stature. The rules of civil war chess games are the same as those of conventional chess.
Grandmaster (shortened as GM; sometimes International Grandmaster or IGM is used) is awarded to world-class chess masters. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain. Before FIDE will confer the title on a player, … Read More