The Chess Enthusiast

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    • Always be aware of tactics

      The lesson learnt from the following game is this: always be on the lookout for tactics especially in an opening position.  | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 28 dec. 2015
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    • My rook for your knight!

      Always be aware of rook sacrifices against the castled knight guarding one's king. The shattered pawn structure is usually more then enough compensation for the material loss, allowing one to get mated. Enjoy. | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 27 dec. 2015
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    • A crazy tactical game.

      Lesson from the following game: In an open position full of tactical possibilities, the side that has the safer king usually makes less mistakes. Enjoy. | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 11 dec. 2015
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    • Be mindful of your weak squares around one's king.

      I like the following game as it was thematic and instructive.  Let this be a warning to fellow chess players out there: guard your weak squares around your king and be wary of exchange sacrifices. Enjoy | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 7 dec. 2015
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    • A tale of 2 pawn storms

      After reaching a personal best ELO of 1825, my rating has now dropped back to the 1700's. That's okay with me though. Chess definitely has it's ups and downs and I'm confident that I'll be back in the 1800's in no time. (I am also currently experi... | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 5 dec. 2015
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    • Crushing Win

      Sometimes one gets lucky and gets a quick crushing win over one's opponent.  Enjoy.  (Yes, it features another Pirc defence.) | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 30 nov. 2015
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    • An instructive game for beginners

      Felt this game was a  good illustration of wasted tempo in the opening.    Enjoy | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 28 nov. 2015
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    • What now?

      So, I managed to reach 1800 ELO. Finally, what's next?   Obviously, getting to my life-long dream of 2000 ELO  now looks like a possibility. Just how to I get there? 1),I need to keep enjoying chess. Rating improvements are merely the by-pro... | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 27 nov. 2015
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    • My journey to 1800 ELO: chess pointers

      I decided to write a blog post detailing how I came to finally reach 1800 ELO. This post will hopefully instruct other chess players looking to improve their game. 1) Stick to a consistent opening repertoire  This may sound obvious so I shall e... | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 26 nov. 2015
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    • Don't centralise your king too early!

      In life, timing is everything. As in chess, the timing of when to centralise your king is important. In general, if major pieces are still on the board (rooks and queens) it's better to have your king tucked safely away in some corner. The follo... | Lees meer

      • dr_chessdad
      • | 26 nov. 2015
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