All posts in " positional chess "

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 […]


Akiba Rubinstein: Learn from the Uncrowned King

By Brendan J. Norman

Akiba Rubinstein was a chessplayer who many of you may not have heard of. Some may have a faint idea like “Ahh, he was a guy from the old days…there’s an Akiba Rubinstein variation, right?”  but vague words like these would be a huge injustice to a guy who was really a pioneer in our game and at one […]


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 […]