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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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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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Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings (Part 4)

By Brendan J. Norman

If you are reading this article, I will assume that you’ve read parts 1, 2 and 3 of “Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings” which will fill you in on the elements needed to be understood for you to play openings really well, even with little to NO knowledge of theory. This article will attempt to give […]

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Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings (Part 3)

By Brendan J. Norman

Ok! So where were we? In part 2 of “Chess Strategy for Beginners: Openings” we had a look at the importance of battling for control of the board’s central region, and how an unchecked phalanx of pawns in the centre is likely to just “roll across the board like an avalanche of snow going down hill“. […]

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How to Attack: The Mighty h-pawn

By Brendan J. Norman

There are many ways of attacking in chess and learning players if serious at all, should familiarise themselves with as many of these methods as possible. If you cannot attack, then you have to just sit there passively and allow your opponent to come at you aggressively. You might become one of these players who “shuffle” […]