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 !

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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