modified rapture

Modified Rapture

It was with a feeling of modified rapture that I greeted the recent news of government funding for chess in England. Increased money for our national teams? Great, as long…

a new chess club for children

A New Chess Club for Children

48 years ago, my late friend Mike Fox and I were discussing starting a junior chess club. This would become Richmond Junior Chess Club, which is still going strong today,…

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Chess Heroes: Puzzles Book 1

The latest volume in my Chess Heroes series, designed to take students up to about 1500 strength, has just been published on Amazon. To refresh your memory about the structure,…

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A Foundation for Beginners Ninety Six

We’ll wrap up our examination of the discovered and double discovered attack this week. Out of all the tactics discussed thus far, this one has helped me the most. We’ll…

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A Foundation for Beginners Ninety Four

This week, we’re going to start our examination of discovered and double discovered attacks. This specific type of tactic is extremely powerful and should be part of every chess player’s…

a quick public service message

A Quick Public Service Message

This was going to be another in our series “A Foundation for Beginners”. However, I had a meeting with a student that brought up a very important consideration I want…

chess heroes openings part 2

Chess Heroes: Openings (Part 2)

Last week I took you half way through Chess Heroes: Openings. By this point the reader has learnt the basic opening principles along with some tactical ideas that appear over…

a foundation for beginners ninety

A Foundation for Beginners Ninety

We’ll end our examination of the pin this week by looking at Black’s best ideas regarding White’s treatment of the pin. Black’s seeming good pin has one major problem, it…

chess heroes openings part 1

Chess Heroes: Openings (Part 1)

Chess Heroes: Openings is now available on Amazon here. Just to remind you: this is part of a series of books (other titles cover Checkmates, Tactics and Endings) designed for…

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A Foundation for Beginners Eighty Nine

Last week, we looked at the pin. We’ve seen, in previous articles, that tactics can easily fall apart if not carefully thought out. This week, we’ll see what happens when…