Colorado Gambit: Opening Guide for White & Black

Quick overview: The Colorado Gambit is a subvariation of the Nimzowitsch Defense, arising after the move order 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 f5. It is a rare opening that mostly has value as a surprise weapon. If White plays accurately, they will have a superior position. However, any stumbling by White can give Black some interesting chances. […]

The Art of Prophylaxis in Chess

prophylaxis

Quick overview: Prophylaxis in chess is a key component for any players trying to improve. It is prominent in all phases of the game, including the opening, middlegame, and endgame. Thinking prophylactically will help players in all areas of the game, as if they can prevent their opponent from executing their plans, players can improve […]

How to Attack in Chess

how to attack in chess

as you climb the rating ladder in chess, you’re going to need to know how to create plans, and attacking plans. You can play as solid as you want, but without an attack, it is going to be hard to beat stronger opponents.

30+ Ways to Checkmate in Chess

Ways to Checkmate

Quick Summary This post examines 31 checkmate patterns players should study. It looks at all sorts of checkmates, with a brief history of them and practical examples from games or common positions. Ranging from basic and common to rare and complex, studying these mates will help you with your overall game. Introduction We are foregoing […]

The Jerome Gambit Opening Guide for White and Black

Jerome Gambit

The Jerome Gambit- what is there to say about this crazy opening?

It is quite possible that you have never heard of it. That is because it is a completely refuted opening, and has never been in fashion among top players. Does that mean you should not play it?

Chess Pattern Recognition – Improve From Zero to Hero

There is no other place to start any journey than where you are now! No matter how poorly you believe your chess pattern recognition skills are, you can improve them. To get your heroic journey off to a good start, learn: Chess tactics exist in all chess games rgardless of your skill-level. Chess pattern recognition […]

Best Chess Formations to Win Games Consistently

Chess Formations

If you are already familiar with basic pawn terminology and pawn formations, you may be curious as to what structures and formations arise from common openings, and the ideas behind such structures.

How I Went from 300 to 1500 Elo in 9 Months

How I went from 300 to 1500 elo

In this post, guest writer Alex Crompton shares how he increased his rating from 300 to 1500 points in just 9 months, starting from complete beginner level as an adult. Understanding that most beginner-level games come down to tactics, Crompton designed and stuck with a smart training plan to build tactical fluency  – the ability […]

How to Win at Chess – Like a Pro!

Win at Chess

Many chess beginners often start by wondering how they can deliver a quick checkmate to win at chess. Many people start out playing casually against their family members and are looking for that first win.