Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

White to Play and Mate in 1 Move

Nagesh Chess Academy Website has introduced a new section for Puzzles and Tactics. ClickHere to find several Puzzles on White to Play and Mate in 1 Move.

Doubled Pawns

Doubled Pawns are an important Pawn weakness in Chess.

If your opponent has Doubled Pawns, below are the Plans to be followed.
1. Occupy the square in front of the doubled pawn weakness, preferably with Knight.
2. Try to exchange pieces so that weakness can be easily exploited in the Endgame.
3. Attack the doubled pawn with your pieces and tie down the enemy pieces to its defense.

If you have Doubled Pawns, below are the Plans to be followed.
1. Try to get rid of the doubled pawn by pushing it and exchanging it. 
2. Occupy important squares that are controlled by the doubled pawns and control more space.
3. Control the half open files with Rook, push the pawn on files next to it and try open the file completely.

ClickHere to play through the Example Game

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Any weak square in the Center is called as a Hole. The best piece to occupy a Hole is a Knight because it can control many squares remotely.

Sample Game:
W: D.Janowski
B: A.Kupchik
Havana International Masters Tournament, 1913
1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
Queens Gambit Declined
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Bg5 Be7
5. e3 Nbd7
6. Bd3 dxc4
7. Bxc4 Nb6
Black aims to occupy d5 with his N, but this is passive. Better move for Black is c7-c5 attacking White's pawn center.
8. Bd3 Nfd5
9. Bxe7 Qxe7
10. Nf3 0-0
11. 0-0 Bd7
12. Rc1 
White has nicely developed his pieces
12. ....c6
13. Ne4 f5?
This is a positional mistake since it weakens the e5 square
14. Nc5 Be8
15. Ne5
White N's have occupied the holes on c5, e5 and dominate the position
15. .... Rb8
Waste of time, Rc8 was better
16. Re1 Rf6
17. Qf3 Rh6
18. Qg3 Rc8
19. f3 Rc7
20. a3 Kh8
21. h3 g5
22. e4 f4
23. Qf2 Ne3
Better move was Nf6 planning Nd7
24. Rxe3! fxe3
25. Qxe3 Nc8
26. Ng4 Rg6
27. e5 Rg7
28. Bc4 Bf7
29. Nf6 Nb6
30. Nce4
White prepares for the final King side attack
30. .... h6
31. h4 Nd5
32. Qd2 Rg6
33. hxg5 Qf8
34. f4 Ne7
35. g4 hxg5
36. fxg5 Black Resigns
More about Holes on ChessStrategies