a foundation for beginners sixty one

A Foundation for Beginners Sixty One

“There’s a lot of tension in that position dude!” I said that to two of my students upon viewing their middle-game. Tension and stress are a killer, both on the…

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Master Chess Web Show (13)

This week’s edition of the Master Chess Web Show featured a return of special guest, GM Ray Keene, who gave us some fascinating insights into the 1978 World Championship match…

110 instructive chess annotations

110 Instructive Chess Annotations

Regular readers will probably be aware of my views that, in general, you will learn more from the games of players 200-300 points stronger than you than from the games…

a foundation for beginners

A Foundation for Beginners Sixty

I was going to play out our long running endgame from the last few months this week. However, I decided to discuss some additional middle-game principles instead. The reason for…

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Master Chess Web Show (12)

In this week’s show there was no guest, just myself and Andrew Martin showing some games with interesting openings. The first one has Jim Plaskett wielding the Benko Gambit, the…

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Jules Arnous de Rivière

Jules Arnous de Rivière (1830-1905), also known as Arnous-Rivière, was perhaps the strongest chess player in France between the mid 1850s and the mid 1880s. He was ranked in the…

a foundation for beginners fifty nine

A Foundation for Beginners Fifty Nine

Last week, we worked through a position in which it was Black’s turn to move. This week, we’ll look at the same position, but this time it’s White to move….



Some of you may be aware that underpromotions to bishops have been in the news recently. These are popular with endgame study and problem composers but are very rare over…

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A Foundation for Beginners Fifty Eight

We’ve spent the last few months examining how you should go about selecting a move and some basic tactical ideas. While I didn’t introduce you to every tactic you need…

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Master Chess Web Show (10)

This week’s show featured someone we would have liked to interview, Wilhelm Steinitz. A great chess innovator, Steinitz was also a great tactician who won some truly brilliant games, and…