Sunday, March 27, 2011

King and Pawn Endgames.

Although this might seem very complex and hard at first, you just need to know small concepts and ideas to get this simple pawn and king endgames. I really dont want to type all the information since i prefer to make a video. I will post the link when the video is done.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Developing A plan.

How can we develop a plan? We must look at the position and there we can look for a plan and develop our pieces according to it. the plan can be made in the opening. I will give you a simple example:

After 1. e4,e5 2.nf3,nc6 3. bb5,a6 4.bxc6,dxc6 5. d4,exd4 6. Qxd4,Qxd4 7. nxd4
The first 3 moves for each side are common and have a simple plan: fight for central squares. After bxc6(which doesn`t allow the knight to take on d5 because of Qd4) the d4 move allows white to create a pawn majority on the kingside, which is easier to advance compared to black`s queenside majority due to the double pawns. White should then focus on advancing his pawns and create a passed pawn that can be used to get some kind of advantage.

So in conclusion you must look for 1. pawn structure 2. space advantage 3. weak squares or pawns 4. imbalances (e.i bishop vrs knights),etc.

That is why it is important to create imbalances, which will be a topic we will look at later.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Is the knight better than the bishop?

Most people tend to favor bishops since they are long rage pieces that you can just sit on a corner and attack the whole board and reach any location in a matter of 2-3 moves. Well the knights can sit on a great outpost square and dominate the whole area around him. Although bishops can dominate knights and vice-versa, there are several things you should think of before making an imbalance in the game.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Caro and Slav Family!

So this is Caro and Slav family is very similar and have almost the same plans you can get this pawn structure from:
slav-> slav, catalan,grunfeld,colle system
caro-> Caro-kann,french, scandinavian.

Here is how both pawn structure look like:



Usually in the slav, black tries the c5,e5 breaks (c5 is better in this occasion). White plans on both formation is the d4-d5 break. Black`s theme is basically the same in both situation. Sadly, I dont have very good games played by me in that formation but i will be very happy to show you examples and ideas for this setup

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Chess opening: Ruy Lopez!


I am gonna talk some basic things about the Ruy Lopez and then I am gonna make a video explaining it carefully. The Ruy Lopez starts out with 1. e4,e5 2. nf3,nc6 3.bb5
The following critical position arises:






Also take care that most of the time you wanna castle early and put your bishops on c1 and c2 by moving c3 helping the d4 push. Also its important to note that the pawn struct
ure is called complex and its the following: (I will also talk about this in the video) I will point out the plan for white and the plan for black. It is really important to see this pawn structure so you know where you can locate your pieces. Lets give an example: If white plays dxe5,
then he must be able to take possession of the new open (or semi open if black retakes with a piece) file and exploit that weakness.As you can see white clearly dominates the center with the 3 pawns but the 3 black pawns could destroy black if white doesn't know the right plan or strategy there. So thats all for now.

Tactic #1! (Pin the king)


This is the first tactic i will show. This comes from one of my games.
It came from a king`s gambit accepted lines.
So take your time and try to find the best move for white (There are actually 2 good moves but there is one that is stronger)

The best move is bg4! Although re1 might be tempting, the light squared bishop could go to e6 and defend. After the queen moves, then the rook can come with check and after the bishop retreats the e6, you can play d5 and win a lot of material and position on the game. The move bg4 also protects the bishop because it was on danger on that square and doesn't allow f6? due to re1 tand the bishop cannot go to e6 because it would be taken for free. I will make a gallery where i will post several tactics, and i will try to add new often

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A logical Chess move

What do I mean by a logical chess move? First we need to look at the stages of a chess game. Opening, Middle game, and endgame. So what to do in each stage?I do wanna remember that there are exemptions for a lot of things on chess, since rules are made to be broken.
1.Opening: You really want to develop your pieces Towards the center and dominate important central squares (d4,e4,d5,e5). Also if you find a weakness in your opponents develop your pieces towards the enemy most vulnerable square. Finally, castle as soon as possible. I say that there might be exemptions because the king could be safer in the center, or the weakness of your enemy might not be towards the center but towards a wing and then you will have to choose between the center or exploiting a weakness.
2. Middle Game: Find a weakness and develop towards it. Execute your plan (which should come on the opening so your pieces develop towards it). Follow your pawns and see pawn weakness.
3. Endgame: Look for any way to get passed pawns or a superior endgame (e.i a winning pawn endgame situation). I will talk about endgames later.

I wanna talk about each of this in depth and i will provide examples and puzzles.