The Immortal Zugzwang Game – Friedrich Saemisch vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Posted on March 5, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010), Strategy & Game Review
Nimzowitsch responds to d4 with the Queen’s Indian Defense, and Saemisch decides to play the Fianchetto Variation with 4. g3. Saemisch activates the knight early with 8. Ne5 and opens up his bishop on g2, so Nimzovich plays 8. …c6 to overprotect his center and reduce the tension on the h1-a8 diagonal. White begins to play routine, mechanical developing moves without a cohesive plan – resulting in passive position very early in the middlegame. 12. […]

Chess Psychology: The Benefits of Flexibility
Posted on March 4, 2012 by William in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles
This topic seems much easier to understand than it actually is. A stubborn, unyielding mentality is a strong characteristic of any good chess player – so how are you supposed to combine that with a flexible mindset? After you play your 1st move, you should immediately start working on a general plan for the optimal placement of your pieces with respect to your opponent’s moves. Playing the opening with an inclination towards flexibility will enable […]

Winning Chess Psychology: Power of Preparation
Posted on March 3, 2012 by William in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles
It doesn’t mater if you play chess on the scholastic, amateur, intermediate, advanced, or elite professional level – you always want to win as much as possible. Many chess players will tell you with a straight face that they only play chess and go to tournaments to have fun and enjoy the game – that winning simply isn’t their largest source of motivation. I think that’s completely insane – if you’re going to do something […]

Teach Your Children Chess Before They Start School
Posted on March 2, 2012 by Laura in General Chess Articles
Can one teach a child to play chess while they’re still in diapers? Children can learn chess very early, some as early as two years old! The key is to teach them at the correct speed for them. It will vary from child to child, so the educator must be alert to the subtle indicators that a child is ready to continue on to the next subject. It is important not to thrust all […]

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 […]

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