Tricky Pawn Endgames

Earlier this week we indulged in a little endgame magic. We now return to the final phase of the game to examine some tricky pawn endgames. The inspiration for today’s post comes from spending some time exploring – and enjoying – the Pawn Endgames Workbook by International Master Ahmad Alkhatib. The course examines numerous positions featuring pawns […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Queen’s Gambit Janowski Variation

Lifetime Repertoires: Queen’s Gambit Janowski Variation by Grandmaster Max Warmerdam is this week’s release in our flagship series of Chessable courses. This one offers a full and interesting repertoire for Black against 1.d4. The Janowski Variation is a name which may not immediately ring any bells. Indeed, it often goes unmentioned in works offering a 1.d4 […]

Harikrishna’s Endgame Magic

Let’s start the week with a little magic. Harikrishna’s Endgame Magic, to be precise. Grandmaster Harikrishna Pentala is already known to Chessable users thanks to his excellent opening courses: Lifetime Repertoires: Taimanov Sicilian and French Toast: How Harikrishna Fries 1…e6. This time, he is turning his attention from the first phase of the game to the last. […]

A Course Exploring Chess Tactics

Studying chess openings is all well and good, but there are many other aspects of chess which deserve your attention. This brings us very neatly to Exploring Chess Tactics, the brand new Chessable course by the enigmatic National Master mn79. Tactics, Tactics, Tactics… This course follows up National Master mn79’s first course on tactics. The introduction explains the mission […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch

This week sees the release of Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly’s Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch- Part 1 Chessable course. Part 1 covers the Nimzo-Indian Defense and most of the 1.d4 deviations, such as the London System and the Trompowsky Attack. The second part of the course will examine the Semi-Tarrasch Defense and wrap up the remainder of the 1.d4 systems, […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Philidor Defense

What is the Philidor Defense? The Philidor Defense arises after the moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 Black reacts to the threat against the e-pawn by defending it with another pawn. The Philidor Defense has a reputation of being solid but passive for Black. This is partly because Black’s dark squared bishop is locked in on […]

King’s Indian Checkmates

Malcolm Pein featured a game in the King’s Indian Defense in his column this morning, showing a typical race of attacks. We stay with the King’s Indian Defense for today’s instalment of Checkmate Monday. Our checkmates today bring victory to the lower-rated player in each of the four cases. They also see the famous King’s […]

John Nunn’s Chess Puzzle Book

Puzzle time! John Nunn’s Chess Puzzle Book was first published by Gambit Publications in 1999 and then as an expanded version a decade later. This week saw the release of a brand-new Chessable version, complete with the MoveTrainer™ facility. The first puzzle is how can it be that 1999 is already so long ago? The second question […]

Lifetime Repertoires: Dragon Sicilian

We have been looking at the Sicilian Dragon this week, with an examination of the opening’s basics and also a selection Dragon checkmates. Today we are delving into the new course – Lifetime Repertoires: Dragon Sicilian – to find out what Grandmaster Anish Giri recommends against the potentially deadly Yugoslav Attack. Can he make the Dragon as […]

Bogoljubov Plays the Bogo-Indian

Yesterday, we looked at the basics of the Bogo-Indian Defense. Today we turn back the clock to see how the great Efim Bogoljubov, the man after whom the variation is named, played the defense. It is interesting to see him using different strategies across today’s three games, which shows the flexibility offered by the Bogo-Indian Defense. […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Bogo-Indian Defense

Bogo-Indian Defense

What is the Bogo-Indian Defense? The Bogo-Indian Defense is a opening for Black to meet 1.d4 2.c4 3.Nf3, which arises after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ The Bogo-Indian Defense If White had played 3.Nc3 then 3…Bb4 would have been the Nimzo-Indian Defense, which we covered earlier in the series. A lot of players […]

Proof of Work Challenge

Grandmaster Simon Williams is certainly keeping himself very busy. Hot on the heels of the release of this week’s Chessable course on Grandmaster Gambits 1. e4 – Part 2: Aggressive Lines (written by Simon together with International Master Richard Palliser) comes the new Proof of Work Challenge. The Machines Play Chess This course is free and it […]