Slav Defense – The Schallopp Variation (Part 1)
Posted on February 27, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Beginner’s Corner, Chess Openings

Welcome to my 3rd Beginner Chess Openings Series on the Slav Defense. My 1st and 2nd Beginner Chess Openings Series featured the “Stonewall Attack” and the “French Defense.” These three openings represent a comprehensive opening repertoire for the beginner chess player. Examining the big picture of this beginner opening system, you will find that the general ideas and pawn formations are very similar – enabling the beginner chess player to focus more on understanding general […]

Nimzo-Indian – Live Blitz Video on ICC (Nightlord vs Wswtwart)
Posted on March 13, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Blitz/Bullet Chess

I responded to d4 with the Nimzo-Indian, and after 4. f3 I played 4. …d5 to stop whie from gaining too much space in the center. White blundered a piece with 11. Nf4?? – however I returned the favor with an equally bad error 21. …axb5. I was unable to recover from playing such a horrible sequence of moves, and proceeded to lose quickly. Follow William for fresh daily updates: Follow @OnlineChessLess Chess Master Will […]

Maintaining Equilibrium: Chess Psychology for Beginners
Posted on March 12, 2012 by William in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles

Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer are two of the best chess players ever. Kasparov’s main strength was in the opening, where his incredibly deep level of preparation in the sharpest lines of his time enabled him to obtain dangerous initiatives very early in the game. Bobby Fischer’s opening preparation was also fantastic, permitting him to challenge the soviet regime in the middle of the 20th century with unparalleled success. Fischer also happened to play the […]

Pawns Adventures 3 (Act from a Position of Strength)
Posted on March 11, 2012 by iPlayooChess in Beginner’s Corner, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles, Strategy & Game Review

Building up strength You’re about to start playing a game of chess. What should be the first thought that guides you through the initial stage of the battle? You know it’s important to bring out your pieces quickly and effectively. You have been told to control the center. But just WHY is it important to control the center? In any battle you fight in your life you need to act from a position of strength. […]

Chess Psychology: Developing Resourcefulness
Posted on March 10, 2012 by William in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles

There is no such thing as a “sure thing” in chess. A game is not over until the clock has been stopped and hands have been shook. Comebacks in other sports like basketball and football are easy to spot, as you can’t miss Eli Manning leading Another 4th quarter comeback drive against the Patriots. But events can be a little more subtle on the chessboard. It’s easy for your opponent to be lulled into a […]

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