1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6… The moment you play the 3…c6 move – you enter the realm of Czech Defense. The c6/d6 setup gives unmatchable solidarity to Black’s position. You don’t have to commit to any particular structure yet. And do get creative with your pawn breaks and the queen.
Fantasy Variation vs. Caro-Kann? Caro-Kann is easily one of the most solid defenses Black can come up with. Almost ZERO holes in the position. But great chess players say, when there exist no holes, you must poke… and create them.Continue reading
g4 Gambit vs. Philidor? This is the position. Just where the Pirc Defense morphs into the Philidor Defense…Continue reading
Every chess player trains hard in order to see improvement in their play and, after all the hours invested, the accumulated knowledge is tested in tournaments. As we have mentioned in some of our previous articles, it is important that you choose strong tournaments where you are able to measure your forces with players who are stronger than you.Continue reading
Playing well and having a good chess understanding is what every chess player is looking for. However, when it comes to practice this is not the only thing that matters. While when you are training there is no time limit on the exercises you solve and the themes that your learn, during a tournament you have a very stressing piece of equipment at the side of the board – a chess clock. This means that even if your play is good, bad management of the time you spend on your moves will eventually lead to time trouble when bad moves can easily happen.Continue reading
You'd be surprised to know that the majority of amateur games end the way they do because of a blunder from one or another side. If your rating is below 2200, the chances are you are in the same boat. By simply reducing the number of blunders you can grow significantly as a chess player. In today's article, I will give you 7 easy to follow tips that will dramatically reduce your blunder rate.Continue reading