planning for victory 4

Planning for Victory (4)

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”Sun Tzu Here is a common scenario we…

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“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (49)

“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…

need sure points vienna gambit modern variation edition

Need sure points? Vienna Gambit, Modern Variation Edition

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement”Bo Bennett (businessman) A good number of players like to prepare opening surprises for their future opponents. We have…

fortress

Fortress

I reached this position (with black, to move) in an online rapid game against a much stronger opponent. Basic endgame theory is so important these days. Everyone should be aware…

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The Great Ones (4)

“You always admire what you really don’t understand”Blaise Pascal GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (11 Feb 1950 – 18 Aug 2021) lives on through the games played using the Sicilian Sveshnikov by players…

g4 or not g4

g4 or not g4

Here’s another in my series of misplayed pawn endings for you. I reached this position in a recent online game. I had the white pieces and it was Black’s move…

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Knight against Rook’s Pawn

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about endings where a knight was trying to stop a rook’s pawn. Coincidentally, the other day I reached this position with black (to…

the olympic games

The Olympic Games

“Citius, Altius, Fortius”Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin I don’t know how you feel but for me there is something magic about the Olympics. It is big business these…

istvan csom rip

Istvan Csom RIP

I have a question for you. You’re playing black against a legendary former world champion. What move would you play here? While you’re considering your answer, I’d like to consider…

tactics are temporary endgames are permanent

“Tactics are temporary, endgames are permanent”

IM Kostya Kavutskiy The inspiration for the title of this post came from an identical tweet of Kostya I came across about two weeks ago. It was like an “Eureka!”…