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Brendan J. Norman


Chess Defense and the Chinese Mind (+Chess PDF)

By Brendan J. Norman

Would you like to know how strong chess players defend so well? What’s the secret to chess defense? This is gonna be a very weird perspective on this subject… First, we are going to turn to Chinese strategy for answers. Then we’ll turn to artificial intelligence. Sound intriguing? Let’s begin… There’s a slogan quite famous […]


Computer Chess and Engines: What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

By Brendan J. Norman

I have been fascinated by computer chess and chess engines since almost the day I got into chess. The Beginning of Computer Chess The first chess software I got hold of was ChessMaster 3000 back in 1998 and this program became my addiction for a long time.   This software had “personalities” and would change its […]


Chess Engine Review: Chess Tiger 2007

By Brendan J. Norman

This review was a request from a fan of my Facebook page. Always happy to do things for my loyal readers. 😀 This WILL however be a very subjective review, based on my own experience with Chess Tiger… Let’s begin… I first became a fan of the Chess Tiger chess engine back in 2001 when I […]


Elometer: A Chess Rating Test You Should Try!

By Brendan J. Norman

Ever wanted to know EXACTLY what your chess level is? Without even playing in a single tournament? This post will share with you an online Chess Rating Test you can take which tests all areas of chess from tactics, strategic understanding and endgames to calculation and mating patterns. I’m going to invite you to take this Chess Rating Test and find […]


Chess Strategy for Beginners: Advanced French Structure

By Brendan J. Norman

Today’s Best Chess Strategy for Beginners lesson will actually be useful for ALL players, regardless of whether you’re stronger than a beginner and regardless of whether you play the French defence for either side. It will not be a comprehensive lesson on how to play the French defence. It WILL touch upon strategical play which very […]

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