Understanding Critical Squares

Posted on January 07,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Critical squares are involved in all parts of chess, but they are especially important factors in tactics and combinations. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to spot more tactics on the board, keep your opponent on the defensive, and also know how to prevent tactics and attacks from happening against yourself. In order to talk about critical squares, we have to first of all know what they are. The definition of critical squares are: “Any[…]

The 4-Step Thinking Process

Posted on January 06,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Your opponent has just hit their clock and now it’s your turn to move. Out of all the possible options on the board, how do you decide which move to play? Some people may automatically play whatever move first catches their eye. Others may gaze towards the opponent’s King and try to find a way to attack it. Many will not know what they should do at all! Is there much thought put behind their move selections? How can we improve our thinking proces[…]

The Importance of Forcing Moves

Posted on January 02,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, Blitz/Bullet Chess, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Have you ever gotten to a position and been unable to figure out what to do? You may have tried to calculate all the different moves possible on the board, hoping to be able to find the answer to the position. But within a short time, you realize that blindly looking at every move in a position will just bog you down and result in confusion. You might ask yourself, “How do I know which moves to look at first?” Well, the first moves you should alw[…]

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 5 – Practical Examples

Posted on January 01,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. When you liberate yourself from any kind of pressure and dedicate all your effort to the playing process; when your goal is to get satisfaction from a beautiful game; when you start believing in yourself and bravely fight for the initiative – then you really start doing your best. This is the best approach to any game and the quickest way of studying and progressing. I definitely prefer it to the Provocative Strategy. However, there are various […]

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