novices and

Novices and Experts

Education author and blogger David Didau has a lot to say about the difference between novices and experts on his website. This article is a good place to start. So…

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Sac Or No Sac? (4)

“A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it”Wilhelm Steinitz “How do I know when is the right time to sac?” is a question that puzzled me earlier in my chess…

lucky lucena

Lucky Lucena

I was looking through some of the games played in last weekend’s 4NCL congress when I came across this rook ending. It was played in Round 2 between Julian Cast…

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“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (65)

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer”Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at…

some recent books

Some Recent Books

Some of you will be aware that I write regular book reviews for British Chess News. Three of the books I’ve reviewed recently might be of interest to Chess Improvers…

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Hardest Checkmate in 1?

“Truth is always hiding in plan sight… which means it’s not hidden at all”Kyle Hoobin I have seen below position at different times floating around the internet. Until now I…

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Need sure points? QGD, Vienna Variation Edition

“If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.”Magnus Carlsen Wikipedia writes:“The Vienna New Year’s Concert…

the extra pawn

The Extra Pawn

You might recall that my comeback game resulted in a rook ending which was completely drawn in spite of my opponent’s extra pawn. I thought it might be useful to…

tom and jerry

Tom and Jerry

Let me tell you about two of our relatively new club members, both in their 30s. Let’s call them Tom and Jerry. I’ve changed their names and some details for…

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“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (64)

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer”Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at…