The En Passant Rule in Chess

Quick Summary: En passant is a special pawn capture in chess. You can capture en passant when your pawn is one square deep into your opponent’s half of the board, and they move their pawn two squares from its starting square such that it lands directly next to yours In order to play an en […]

Chess Notation for Beginners

Algebraic Notation Coordinates

Reading and Writing Chess Moves “The squares have names?” “If you play well, they have names.” This line from Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit pretty well sums up the need to know chess notation! Or, perhaps a little more accurately: in order to play well, you need to know the names of the squares. That’s because […]

Chess – An Older Person’s Game?

We return to the fascinating world of science in today’s post, as we look beyond the myths to find out whether chess is really an older person’s game. Of course, we hear the contrary very often indeed. How do the myths compare to the reality of the situation? Let us see what Professor Barry Hymer, […]

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 […]