A tough nut to crack! White to play and mate in two moves. A beautiful chess composition, but from the hands that have known more stories and poetry than Chess. Vladimir Nabokov, a reputed literary figure and the author of Lolita and other stories, was also a chess lover! He loved poetry and also composing interesting chess positions. Continue reading “Can you solve Nabokov’s problem? (It’s a hard one!)”
What is a chess opening?
Chess opening is a term that refers to the initial moves which lay the foundation for a chess game.
There are numerous ways of playing the opening phase of a chess game. By the 16th century chess players had already realized that certain opening moves proved more beneficial than others. They had started giving specific names to specific openings and had made the first steps towards the development of opening theory. Continue reading “Chess Opening Strategy for Beginners”
What is a gambit?
A gambit is generally recognized chess term that refers to any chess opening in which one side sacrifices material (usually a pawn) in order to achieve an advantageous position. Continue reading “The Scotch Gambit”
On the road toward chess mastery, a chess player acquires knowledge about numerous attacking mechanism and mating patterns.
For instance, every strong player is familiar with the typical sacrifice of the bishop on h7, typical exchange sacrifice on h5 and other similar attacking manoeuvres. Continue reading “The Legal’s mate”
What is Chess Notation?
Chess notation is the term that refers to a system of recording chess moves of a chess game.
Chess notation represents the most practical, most clear and most concise tool with the help of which the scores of the chess games are transmitted. Continue reading “How to Read and Write Chess Notation”