vendredi 4 juillet 2014

Opening traps in the sicilian

A new version of Chess Trainer is going to be released soon. Here is a preview of the new lesson, "the ultimate collection of opening traps".
Download the opening traps in the sicilian free lesson now !

vendredi 30 mai 2014

mardi 20 mai 2014

My Picking of Chess Puzzles

Spring is coming,  ans you're feeling motivated again to improve your chess. Why not look at these 5 positions taken from Chess Trainer and try to find the right move ?
I will give the solutions in the next post.

First, you have to find how to save the draw here:


samedi 10 mai 2014

"Typical mistakes" by IM Valeri Lilov

Which move did David Bronstein miss ?

The answer and much more can be found in "Typical mistake" by IM Valeri Lilov, available from today only on Chess Trainer (awarded best app of the year by the Chess Club Live Facebook group).

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vendredi 2 mai 2014

Can you find the move missed by Bronstein ?

Black to play. In the following position, David Bronstein missed a decisive move:

The position appeared in his game against Vladimir Savon. Can you find what this move was ?
If you think so, suscribe to the Chess Trainer mailing list to get the full analysis of this position here:

vendredi 11 avril 2014

"Playing like Paul Morphy" and "Basic Rook endings"

Hi !

Two new lessons are available only on Chess Trainer as of today:
- "Playing like Paul Morphy" by GM Dejan Bojkov
In this lesson, GM Dejan Bojkov guides you some of the most brilliant games by Paul Morphy:

- "Basic Rook endings" by GM Victor Mikhalevski
Here, GM Victor Mikhalevski teaches you the basic Rook endings that every chess player should know: Lucena, Philidor, and more !

Download the app here:

vendredi 4 avril 2014

Opening principles - Time

This is the last of a 3-lessons series about the generic principles of the opening that are Space, Time and Material.
The first post was about managing space in the opening, the second post was about material, both are aimed at beginners to intermediate players looking for sound opening pieces of advice.

How to avoid losing time making useless movers ?
How to protect your King as fast as possible?
How to buy time or space with material when the situation requires it ?
All the answers are in this post.

First advice: in the opening, make only one or two pawn moves, no more.
Developing your pieces is more important, and too many pawn moves will leave you behind in development.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 f6 
Here Black should have played exd4 or Nf6. This is seriously weakening
4. Bc4 c6 5. O-O a6