Normally when defending unfavourable positions we tend to calculate a lot. This is normal and necessary, as in this way we make sure we don’t lose by force. However, often thinking in schemes can also help the defense. By schemes, I mean understanding where the pieces should be, on which squares they will have the …... click here to read more.
Author: Alex Colovic
Today’s hectic lifestyle affects everything. Chess tournaments don’t go unscathed either. In the past playing one game a day was something that went without saying, nowadays two (or sometimes even three!) games a day are considered normal. While I distinctly dislike playing more than one game a day, I don’t really have a choice but …... click here to read more.
As the saying goes, “The hardest test in life is having the patience to wait for the right moment.” We know that patience is very important during a game. But I will not talk about that patience now. I would like to share my thoughts about patience during a tournament. Tournaments can develop in all …... click here to read more.
There have been many debates, and not only recently, about draws in chess. It is no wonder after the game’s flagship event, the World Chess Championship, saw a record 12 in a row. A lot of different things have been suggested, the most popular being to ban the draw, as a result, to ban the …... click here to read more.
I was lucky to have the opportunity to visit the recently finished match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana at The College, in London’s Holborn armed with Stockfish. Watching the games where they take place is a unique experience. >> 13 famous chess games from world chess champions & what you can learn This was even …... click here to read more.
GM ALEX COLOVIC on how even Grandmasters can mess up easy endgames under pressure Recently I returned from a FIDE Seminar, where I was suggested for a FIDE Trainer title. The seminar was very interesting and informative. One of the topics that got me thinking was the issue of chess endgames. Endgames can be divided …... click here to read more.
Grandmaster ALEX COLOVIC blogs on the importance of not neglecting your basic chess skills People often forget the difference between the two types of study there are in chess. One type of study is the acquirement of knowledge. Players accumulate knowledge of openings, middlegames, endgames, they know what a best line is in a certain …... click here to read more.