lichess training events

Lichess Training Events

One of the biggest issues many improving players face is where to get some decent practice. Playing online tends to be fraught with difficulty because many players are there for…

evgeny sveshnikov 1950 2021

Evgeny Sveshnikov: 1950-2021

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Evgeny Sveshnikov today at the age of 71, we played in a number of tournaments together and was always impressed by…

tiger chess webinars

Tiger Chess Webinars

Starting tomorrow evening I will be running webinars for Tiger Chess Premium members. The first four have already been scheduled for August 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th and recorded versions…

zap em with the zukertort

Zap ’em with the Zukertort

This is (obviously) the last in the series and covers the Zukertort version of the Colle Opening. White plays a Colle set-up with 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 and 3.e3 but…

yerk em with the yugoslav

Yerk ’em with the Yugoslav

Before anyone asks, yerk is a real word and its meaning can be found here. As for Yugoslav I already covered the Yugoslav Attack against the Dragon under its other…

x terminate em with the x change variation

X-terminate ’em with the X-change Variation

Covering ‘X’ was always going to be a challenge so I cheated with some spellings. Several different Exchange Variations are possible, for example in the French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5…

whack em with the wing gambit

Whack ’em with the Wing Gambit

An opening that I’ve had a long standing affection for is the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian Defence (1.e5 c5 2.b4!?). I recommended it for White in my 2007 book,…

vanquish em with the vienna

Vanquish ’em with the Vienna

The Vienna Game (1 e4 e5 2 Nc3) is one of the most venerable answers to 1…e5. White develops a piece and at the same time keeps the option of…

undermine em with the ufimtsev

Undermine ’em with the Ufimtsev

In Russia the so-called Pirc Defence (1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 or 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 followed by …Nf6) is usually called the Ufimtsev Defence or the Ufimtsev-Pirc. It…

fifty shades of ray

Fifty Shades of Ray

Hopefully the Covid crisis is gradually coming to an end and things will now return to some version of new normal. It has been a tough year for many people…