26. Jan, 2020

Chess in Hyde Park, Sydney

😎 Video - Sydney Harbour Australia Day 2019 (1:59 min)

From the Australian Open in Sydney 2015:

            Position      Play the game

* Australian Open 2015  database



24. Jan, 2020

Candidate moves are moves which, upon initial observation of the position, seem to warrant further analysis. A move is considered a candidate move because it is one of the strongest and most sound for a variety of reasons – for example, it forces the opponent’s reply.

👍 Article - a system for choosing candidate moves

😲 Video - How does Magnus Carlsen think ? (2:57 min)

* Have a go:  Choose your move      Solutions


22. Jan, 2020

Keeping all of your pieces protected will promote safety and give you peace of mind. Often we have a tendency to advance our pieces deeper into enemy territory without worrying too much about safety. A general rule of thumb which is especially important to remember for amateur players is too keep pieces defended by another piece or pawn unless it is safe from immediate threat. That will minimise the possibility of a quick fork, double attack or skewer - Chessworld.com

Black has just defended the bishop on c4 by moving rook to f4.

Is this an adequate defence ?            View

🙂 Video - Shadowing Hutch: Minority Attack & Undefended Pieces (12:55 min)

20. Jan, 2020

Checkmate in 3:

🤔 White mates in 3      Solution

* Video - challenging checkmate in 3 (2:47 min)

😮 Draw by 3-fold repetition: 
In chess and some other abstract strategy games, the threefold repetition rule (also known as repetition of position) states that a player can claim a draw if the same position occurs three times, or will occur after their next move, with the same player to move.   Example

👍 Take 3       Positions       Play the game

18. Jan, 2020

Have you surprised an opponent by playing the en passant capture ?

With 29… Qg5 Black has a double attack on White’s pinned knight

White replies with 30 f4 to block the queen – does this work ?

🙂 Play  the game

👍 Find out more   Article - Chess.com

* Take 5
- what's the next move ?     

Positions (score 2)      Hints (score 1)      Play the game