Battling the Slav Defense and Benko Gambit

We looked at The Catalan on Tuesday and today we are delving into the new Chessable course on the opening to see what Grandmaster Srinath Narayanan recommends against two popular Black defenses. Lifetime Repertoires: The Catalan covers everything a player with the white pieces needs to be able to out together a very strong repertoire based on 1.d4 and […]

Chessable White Rose: Round Four of the 2021 4NCL

It was back into action for the three Chessable White Rose teams last night, in round four of the Four Nations Chess League (‘4NCL’). All three of our teams won their matches to maintain our excellent start to the season. Chessable White Rose Team 1 Team One had a tough battle with CSC 1 before […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Catalan

What is the The Catalan? The Catalan is an alternative way for White to play Queen’s Gambit positions. The king’s bishop is developed to g2 (a fianchetto) instead of to the standard Queen’s Gambit squares of c4 or d3. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Bg2 d5 The Catalan The Heroes of The Catalan The opening derives […]

Bishop or Knight: Which is the Stronger Piece?

Which is the stronger of the two pieces: the bishop or the knight? This is one of the questions one is asked most often by novices of all ages. Traditionally, of course, we record the value of each piece as three points – even though they could hardly be more different. The bishop has to […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Queen’s Gambit Declined

What is the Queen’s Gambit Declined? The Queen’s Gambit Declined is an extremely solid way of meeting the popular Queen’s Gambit. The Queen’s Gambit After 1.d4 d5 2.c4, White temporarily offers a pawn to try and tempt Black to give up the centre with 2…dxc4. There is nothing wrong with the Queen’s Gambit Accepted, but […]

Chessable White Rose: Round Three of the 2021 4NCL

Chessable White Rose returned to action last night in round three of the Four Nations Chess League (‘4NCL’). The evening brought excellent victories for all three of our teams. Chessable White Rose Team 1 Grandmaster Gawain Jones was back in action to take his place on board one. Together with James Adair, Kamil Plichta and Oskar […]

Using Spaced Repetition Intelligently

Followers of our science-based blog posts are in for a treat today as we turn our attention to the subject of using spaced repetition intelligently. We have brought some thoughts from earlier posts by William Hoggarth, our Engineering Manager, in from the cold.  William’s collaboration with our Science Consultant, Professor Barry Hymer, and Laurens Goormachtigh, of our […]

Chess Opening Basics: The Sicilian Wing Gambit

What is the Sicilian Wing Gambit? The Sicilian Wing Gambit is a very early attempt to disrupt Black’s standard play in the Sicilian Defense, by playing 1.e4 c5 2.b4. The Sicilian Wing Gambit Black is certainly not going to be able to rattle out 20 or moves of theory in the Dragon or Najdorf variations […]

Chessable White Rose: Round Two of the 2021 4NCL

Time to catch up with the progress of our three teams in the Four Nations Chess League  (‘4NCL’). Round Two was played last night and it saw all of our teams pick up important victories. Chessable White Rose Team 1 Our first team continued their winning ways with a resounding 4-0 victory of Sussex Starlings. James […]