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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 […]


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 😉 ) 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 […]


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 […]


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 – […]


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 […]


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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