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Myth busted: even if you are below 1500, you still need to learn endgames. Period. Let’s face a fact. If you are spending your waking hours studying the opening theory or solving chess puzzles, and… … ignoring or stalling your ENDGAME studies, you will never get good at playing chess.
An early n4 move by White and n5 by Black, followed by undermining pawn moves in the adjacent files—and there it is, the true “pride and sorrow” of chess. Not only can it win you games like a rockstar, it can also lose you games like mere simpletons!
Yes, choosing the right candidate move can make or break your position… true that. But what’s even more important? What’s the FIRST step that comes even before looking for candidate moves? That’s right—evaluation of the current position.
Working on strategic understanding is essential for players of any level if they want to improve. And club players know it as well, but they often prefer working on tactics instead. It is understandable; you can solve lots of puzzles to sharpen your tactical vision and then try to score some quick wins by spotting […]
Chess is a very complex game. Not only you need to calculate very precisely, but also you need to understand the strategy of the game. And when it comes down to strategy, one of the most important issues is to understand the “active value of pieces”. At the very beginning, everyone learns the so-called “static […]