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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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