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Brendan J. Norman


Dynamic Chess Mindset: Ignore his Threats with Active Defense!

By Brendan J. Norman

Watching the video above on dynamic chess, It gradually becomes obvious that… Playing aggressive, dynamic chess is mostly¬†psychological… You must have 100%¬†trust in your ability to mentally overpower the other guy and never be afraid of losing. Usually, this blind self-belief pays off! Over the course of at least ten years, I’ve seen endless examples […]


AnMon Chess Engine: Tough, Solid and Strong!

By Brendan J. Norman

What’d you think of the video above? Was the AnMon chess engine lucky to “swindle” me or was it a fair result? I actually think it was a fair result. (BTW…If you just want to download AnMon, you can do so at the bottom of this post ūüėȬ†) Moving on… Having¬†outplayed the engine with my […]


Johnny Hector: A Fearless, Sword Swinging Chess Engine!

By Brendan J. Norman

Way back in August I wrote an article¬†where¬†I introduced a chess engine personality called “Johnny Hector”, which plays sword-swinging, crazy¬†attacking chess! This is the¬†type of violent chess that’d have even the most seasoned tournament player quaking in fear. Interested? Today I’m proud to show you four recent games which are not only beautiful, but very […]


Alexander Alekhine: Model the Attacking Genius!

By Brendan J. Norman

Would you be intimidated? Well that’s Alexander Alekhine! Alexander Alekhine was a chess player gifted with a great¬†imagination, a basically photographic memory and an unstoppable will to win. He could calculate extremely long and complicated variations with ease and spot tactical possibilities far beneath the surface of a position,¬†while his opponents often had no idea […]


A Lesson from Vishy Anand and How I Crushed an IM

By Brendan J. Norman

Back when I was just starting out in chess, way back in 1998 or 1999 (can’t remember exactly) I was pouring over an old chess magazine and seen a ¬†tournament report containing¬†an amazing game between chess stars Vishy Anand and Alexei Shirov. This game made an enormous impression on me. The apparent¬†simplicity of the game […]


The 5 Best Chess Engines for Training Players U1600

By Brendan J. Norman

Here’s¬†a question I get almost on a daily basis. “What are the best chess engines I can play against that aren’t gonna just smash me in 10 moves? I’m only rated 1550” Well…there are a few. The ones I like the most (for sub 1600 guys to train against) are: Storm 0.6 Mephisto Amsterdam Kanguruh […]


Internet Chess with Brendan #1

By Brendan J. Norman

Tonight I was sitting at a cafe here in Jinan and decided to play some blitz on the ICC. I recorded¬†it for you, so I hope you like the game and the rough analysis I did afterwards. I have also decided to make this a regular addition to the blog as well¬†(assuming the response from […]


The Internet Chess Club: 2016 Review!

By Brendan J. Norman

I still fondly remember the days when a¬†friend and I would meet up in the Sydney CBD, find an internet cafe and log onto the Internet Chess Club to play blitz in the 5 Minute Pool (I’ll explain what this is later). Sometimes it’d be after a few beers at the bar, and sometimes it’d […]


The Sicilian Dragon Variation: Thoughts and Observations

By Brendan J. Norman

Are you an aggressive player who loves to attack? Got a good memory for chess openings and theoretical lines? Well, maybe the Sicilian Dragon fits the bill as your main weapon against 1.e4! If you ask most top chess players what they consider to be the sharpest chess opening possible, but one that is still […]


Akiba Rubinstein: Learn from the Uncrowned King

By Brendan J. Norman

Akiba Rubinstein was a chessplayer who many of you may not have heard of. Some may¬†have a faint idea like¬†“Ahh, he was a guy from the old days…there’s an Akiba Rubinstein variation, right?” ¬†but¬†vague words like these¬†would be a huge injustice to a guy who was really a pioneer in our game and at one […]

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