Monthly Archives: August 2012

Chess and Thinking Correctly

When playing Hold’em poker or Craps, I learned there are good times to play, and there are good times not to play. It took years to understand when and why this happened. The idea was first presented in a poker … Continue reading

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Chess Dance, beginning Chess is learned in small steps

When learning to play chess, it is difficult to know who to play chess against. After friends and family, I started playing on FICS the Free Internet Chess Server, but I found I play well below almost everyone who played … Continue reading

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Is that Pawn or Piece poisoned?

Grandmaster Igor Smirnov created a great video aimed at players who want to improve their play. The video is named: “Chess Lesson: The most common mistake“. While the video is aimed at better player trying to get over a hurdle in … Continue reading

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What is a Chess Opening?

Understanding pawns and their usefulness helped me discover openings. Openings in chess are a strange concept until you understand them. A Chess opening is primarily the way to start moving your army out onto the field, or center of the … Continue reading

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Pawn’s worth on the Chessboard

My first ah ha! moment was realizing Pawns as part of my chess army, are useful for a lot more than canon fodder. In the past, I would simply march my pawns off to their death when I thought I … Continue reading

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