Tips and Tactics

Jun 102012
 

For a game with a long and rich history it took a long time for Chess to produce a world champion. It can be argued that many historical greats were the world champions of their day but the first official champion was crowned in 1886 and he would remain champion for a further 8 years. […]

May 072012
 

One of the hardest things to do in Chess is to choose an opening, particularly when you’re unfamiliar with your opponents strengths and weaknesses. There are literally thousands of possible combinations of move – only 3 physical moves into the game. However, not all of these choices are created equal. So we’ve got a quick […]

May 012012
 

When the Oxford Press put together a series of “Top 10 Chess Players” from a series of different professions, they came to an extraordinary conclusion. Scientists aren’t very good at chess, in fact they couldn’t find 10 great chess playing scientists at all. One particularly notable omission from the (shortened) list was Einstein. Despite his […]

Apr 282012
 

Have you ever tried the knight’s tour on a chessboard? Simply place your knight on one of the four corner squares (the easiest place to start) and try to visit each square on the board only once. An interactive board can be found here and it will color the squares you’ve already visited. A perfectly-completed knight tour […]

Apr 262012
 
Assembling a Repertoire: Resolving a Problem in the QG Exchange

The Queen’s Gambit Exchange Variation is a highly flexible opening used by GMs of both positional and tactical styles.White is able to control to a large degree the kinds of positions that result. Black often keeps his bishop on e7 and aims for normal development. He is happy that the exchange of pawns has freed […]