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Queen Against Queen

You reach an ending with king and pawn against king and pawn. Both players promote: king and queen against king and queen. Time to agree a draw, shake hands and…

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Two

Last week, we looked at reducing tension or pressure within a position. I was going to give you some positional examples this week, but realized that I needed to add…

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Chess With Richard

I’ve recently set up three new websites, which are about to be released to the general public. The first is chesswithrichard.uk. This is a personal site advertising my tuition services….

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Master Chess Web Show (14)

This week’s guest on the Master Chess Web Show was GM Keith Arkell. In one of the most illuminating shows yet, Keith explained much about his view of strategy and…

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…