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Brendan J. Norman

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Chess Endgame Strategy: Learn from Stockfish 7!

By Brendan J. Norman

I know, I know… I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I’m not a fan of these 3000+ ELO engines (like Stockfish, Komodo and co) and that I prefer weaker, but more “human-like” engines. This is all true. But a lesson we learn in life is that even though we might not like somebody, we […]

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Chess Openings for White: The Ruy Lopez! (Part One)

By Brendan J. Norman

If you listen to strong players discuss their chess games, one thing that’ll strike you (assuming you’re the perceptive type 😉 ) is the enormous amount of assumed knowledge. The discussion after a tournament game might go something like this: Guy 1: “What happened in your game?”  Guy 2: “Ahh… It was an Open Ruy […]

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Chess Engine Challenge: Chess System Tal 2 (Game 2)

By Brendan J. Norman

Black against Chess System Tal was no walk in the park.   Game 1 was difficult enough although I managed to save that game from a worse position. In game 2 I actually had a better position at some point, but mis-timed my critical break and allowed Chess System Tal to take over. Chess Engine – […]

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If Gary Kasparov Returned to Chess…

By Brendan J. Norman

In the beginning, I wasn’t really a big fan of Gary Kasparov. His high-tech openings and amazingly deep combinations were miles above my level of understanding at that time, and I often had trouble figuring out just what the hell was going on in his games. Often when his opponent resigned, I didn’t even understand […]

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Chess Engine Challenge: Chess System Tal 2 (Game 1)

By Brendan J. Norman

Many of you will remember back in March when I began a fantastic tournament with 15 of the leanest, meanest chess engines in existence. Many of you have also contacted me saying “Brendan, what happened to your awesome training tournament with the engines? 😥 “. Here is my response. My Windows 7 installation which held the […]

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Attacking Chess: The Exchange Sac! (Part 2)

By Brendan J. Norman

Last week I wrote an article on Attacking Chess and spoke about how an often used attacking device by strong players is the mysterious Exchange Sacrifice. Shortly after sharing this post on Facebook (with the statement that “my secret is out 😉 “, some Negative Nancy commented something along the lines of “Its only a secret […]

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Attacking Chess: The Exchange Sac!

By Brendan J. Norman

In my last article I spoke of an attacking chess motif where by white often sacrifices an entire knight in the Sicilian. This is a pretty advanced idea, but powerful in the hands of a capable player too! If you play 1.e4 I suggest you definitely check out that article for a great Sicilian killin’ weapon. 😉 […]

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Attacking the Sicilian Defence: The Nd5 Sacrifice!

By Brendan J. Norman

It was a Saturday afternoon and the tournament hall was buzzing with suppressed chatter and hushed whispers. The tension was getting thick and the sound of banging chess clocks could be heard clearly from outside of the hall. Inside the playing hall and just outside of a playing area which was separated from the crowd by […]

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Chess Engine Review: Rhetoric Dynamic!

By Brendan J. Norman

Want to see a chess engine that plays like Gary Kasparov? Maybe not as strong, but in the same dynamic style who’ll do anything to keep the initiative. Even if it means sacrifice a pawn or a whole piece?   Today’s engine I’ll be introducing you to is Rhetoric 1.4.3 Dynamic by Alberto Sanjuan. I have […]

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(ChessPad) Studying your own games: How and Why you should

By Brendan J. Norman

Recently I’ve pretty growing more and more frustrated by chessplayers who are quite low rated (let’s say 1200-1400) and who instead of studying chess the right way (absorbing the games of past masters, learning tactics, etc) just give every position a quick “scan” with the engine, see an evaluation of say +0.54+=, and blurt out […]

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