Recently we’ve seen a glut of blitz tournaments dominating the headlines. The World Blitz Championship in Germany. The Paris and Belgium blitzes run by the World Chess Tour.
Then you have these online blitz marathons which pop up every now and again. The monthly tournaments run by chess.com. I could go on and on, the list is endless.
People spend too much time reading opening books.
There you go, I have said it. Think what you may of this statement, but it seems to me that the chess market is saturated with opening books. So many people will blindly buy a book, add to their collection, and never spend any time reading the contents. Yes, the opening is important, but other areas of chess are equally if not more important.
In this article I am going to try and teach you how to make use of diagonals in a more effective way. Forget the opening, this is aimed at mastering an important middlegame technique.
“He who learns but does not think is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius
Just recently I have become a bit obsessed with strange and peculiar chess moves originating from knights and bishops. In my first article for Chess.com I took a look at what can be called The Nimzowitsch Knight Dance, and in this article I am going to indulge myself in some more beautiful and irregular ideas that have appeared in our beautiful game.
To start, let’s take a look at the “Speelman Suicide Knight.”
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Often with big tournaments (and particularly strong opens) the tournament is eventually won by a player who comes up the rails, who wasn’t in the meat of the tournament, ends up getting a lucky draw and gets home in front with a couple of important wins at the end. Cue disgruntled and jealous reactions by those players who have been up there from the get go, and have had one hard game after the other.
However this wasn’t the case in this years European championships held in Kosovo. Ernesto Inarkiev, a Russian Grandmaster originally hailing from Siberia but now living in Moscow, was among the early leaders and went on to dominate throughout the tournament.