Three Types of Positions: Generalities

Posted on January 09,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. There are three primary types of positions in chess and it is very important to know which type of position you are in throughout your games. One type of position may have completely different ideas from another type of position, and understanding the type of position better than your opponent can be a key factor to winning the game. Also, certain openings create specific types of positions, and recognizing these positions will give you a deeper[…]

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[…] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

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