Sunday, December 6, 2020

Brilliant GM Game by Anatoly Karpov

Below is a brilliant GM Game by former World Champion Anatoly Karpov.

White: Joel Lautier
Black: Anatoly Karpov
Linares (Round 8), 1995
Result: 0-1

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 b6 7. Bg5 Bb7 8. e3 d6 9. f3 Nbd7 10. Bd3 c5 11. Ne2 Rc8 12. Qb3 h6 13. Bh4 cxd4 14. exd4 d5 15. c5 Ba8 16. Ba6 Rc7 17. Bg3 bxc5 18. Bxc7 Qxc7 19. Qc3 e5 20. Bd3 exd4 21. Nxd4 Re8+ 22. Kf1 Qb6 23. Nf5 d4 24. Qd2 Ne5 25. Re1 Re6 26. Bb1
Bb7 27. Kf2 d3 28. Rhf1 c4+ 29. Kg3 Nh5+ 30. Kh3 Ng6 31. g3 Bc8 32. Re4 Qc5 33. g4 Ngf4+ 34. Rxf4 Re2 35. Qc1 Nxf4+ 36. Qxf4 Bxf5 37. gxf5 Rxb2 38. Re1 Qf2 39. Qg3 Qxg3+ 40. hxg3 Rxb1 White resigns 0-1

Click here to play through this game: my Lichess Study page, Chessgames

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Copy-Cat Trap

If the opponent copies your moves, you can try the copy-cat trap.
1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. Nxe5 Nxe4?
[correct move is 3...d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 (=)]
4. Qe2 Nf6??
[better move is 4...Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 6. d4 dxe5 7. dxe5 (±)]
5. Nc6+ Be7
[if 5...Qe7 6. Nxe7 (+−)]
6. Nxd8

Play through this trap on my Lichess study page
Other Links: Chesstraps, Chesskid

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Outflanking in Chess Endgames

Outflanking is the method of avoiding opposition by by-passing the enemy King to enter the opponent's side of the board.

White to Play and Win
1. Ke6 Kc8
2. Kd6 Kb7
3. Kd7! Kb8
4. Kc6 Ka7
5. Kc7! Ka8
6. Kxb6 (+-)

Watch this position with analysis on my Lichess study
Other Links: ChessDotcom, ChessSkills

Sunday, October 25, 2020


1. Go to
2. Click on the "Opening Explorer" option in the Menu.
3. Click on the moves under "Next Move" to play through the opening moves on the display board.
4. You will get an idea of which is the more popular move by looking at the number of games played under "# of Games". 
5. You will get an idea of which is the stronger move by looking at the percentage under "Winnings percentage".
6. You may get a message that you have to Login to continue. You can Register a free account on to play through the remaining moves.
7. After playing through the moves go through the GM games under "Recent games" and "Top Games by Average ELO", to understand how the masters played after the opening moves. 
8. If you already know the ECO Code, go to "ECO Codes", select the Code in the drop-down list and click on 'Go' button. You will land on the respective Opening Page. On this Page, select the moves under "Possible continuations" to learn the opening.

Thursday, October 22, 2020


ECO: Encyclopedia of Chess Openings

1. Get the ECO Code of the Opening moves/variation.
2. Go to
3. On the home page of this website, come to the "ADVANCED SEARCH" section.
4. Type the ECO Code in the Text Box against the "ECO code is" option.
5. To get better results, you may enter some other options such as "Year is", "Number of moves is" and "Result is". This will help you to get fewer games which are more appropriate to what you are searching for.
6. Click on "Find Chess Games" button. The list of all games matching the search criteria will be displayed.
7. Select any game from the list and play through it to understand how the masters played the Middle Game phase after the Opening moves.

NOTE: Several pages of search results (games list) may be displayed, click on the Page Navigation buttons (this is at the bottom right of the page) to open next/previous/last/first pages in the search results.


Saturday, October 10, 2020


1. Open Lichess in your Browser and login to your account.
2. Click on your Login name at the top right of the screen, then click on "Profile" - this should open your Profile page.
3. At the left of the page, you can see the different modes that you would have played: BULLET, BLITZ, RAPID, and others.
4. If you wish to view the Blitz games that you have played, click on 'BLITZ'; the "Blitz stats" page will open.
5. At the top right of the page, you will see "VIEW THE GAMES" button, click on this.
6. Your Blitz games list will be displayed. Click on any of the games to open the game.
7. The game you played would open, at the bottom of the game score you will see "ANALYSIS BOARD"; click on it.
8. The Analysis page will open. At the bottom of the page you will see a blue color button "REQUEST A COMPUTER ANALYSIS". Click on this to get a free analysis from Lichess.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sicilian Defense; Alapin variation; d5 Main line

Sicilian Defense; Alapin variation; d5 Main line

ECO Code B22

1. e4 c5
2. c3 d5
3. exd5 Qxd5
4. d4 Nf6
5. Nf3 e6
(5....Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. 0-0 Nc6 8. Be3 cxd4 9. cxd4 Be7 10.Nc3 Qd6 =)
6. Be2 Nc6
7. 0-0 cxd4
8. cxd4 Be7
9. Nc3 Qd6
10. Nb5 Qd8

Link to this line on my Lichess study


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Chess Course for Beginners at Nagesh Chess Academy

Below are the topics of the Chess Course for Beginners at Nagesh Chess Academy
  1. Introduction to Chess
  2. History
  3. About the Chess Board
  4. Files, Ranks & Diagonals
  5. Chess Notation (Algebraic)
  6. Square Names
  7. Starting Position
  8. Movement of Chess Pieces & Pawns
  9. Capture
  10. Check and Checkmate
  11. Castling
  12. Value of Chess Pieces
  13. Exchange Value of Pieces
  14. En-Passant
  15. Pawn Promotion
  16. Draw
  17. Importance of the Center
  18. How to record a Position (FEN)
  19. How to record a Game
  20. Basic Strategy

Monday, August 24, 2020

How to join "Nagesh Chess Academy" group on Lichess

How to join "Nagesh Chess Academy" group on Lichess 

NOTE: It is recommended you follow these steps in a Desktop or Laptop.

1. To join the group, you should already have created an account (with User name & Password) on

2. Open in your browser.

3. Mouse-over on "COMMUNITY" option in the Menu bar at the top of the page.

4. Click on "Teams" option.

5. Type "Nagesh Chess Academy" in the Search box at the top right of the page.

6. In the search results displayed, click on "Nagesh Chess Academy".

7. Click on the "JOIN TEAM" button (green color) at the top left of the page.

8. After reading the message box, click on "JOIN TEAM" button (blue color).

10. You should be seeing a "Success" message in the green box. 

11. After your join request is approved by the team leader, you will be able to participate in all events.

12. Here is the Link to the Group: Nagesh Chess Academy

How to create a New Free account on

How to create a New Free account on

NOTE: It is recommended you follow these steps in a Desktop or Laptop.

1. Open in your browser.

2. Click on "SIGN IN" at the top right.

3. Since you are creating a new account, click on "Register" which is the first option below the sign-in window.

4. Enter a suitable User name, Password and your Email id.

5. Slide the four "I agree...." options to the right (green color).

6. Click on the checkbox "I am human". Complete the Image captcha and click on "Verify".

7. Then click on the "REGISTER" button.

8. You should get a Welcome message to confirm that you have joined Lichess.

9. Also, you would have received a confirmation email to the Email-Id that you entered during registration.

10. Congratulations, you have created your new free account on

Monday, August 10, 2020

CENTER in Chess

The Center is the most important area of the Chess board. It has four squares: e4, d4, e5, d5


Monday, June 1, 2020

10 Tips to get the maximum benefit from your Online Chess Classes

You have enrolled for the online Chess class, but are you ready for it? What are the best strategies for studying chess online?

1. Make sure that you have a good Internet connection.
2. Use a dedicated study space which is quiet, distraction free and brightly lit.
3. Understand online learning practices and expectations and concentrate during the class.
4. Identify your learning objectives and goals, take notes, do the assignments and review previous class notes.
5. Prepare a study plan, note the class timings, never miss any class and login on time for the class.
6. Ask questions if you don't understand what is being taught, search online for more details and build a relationship with your online Coach.
7. Review, Revise, Repeat the topics that you have learnt; also if possible prepare a little before the class.
8. Learn the online coaching tool, becoming familiar with the tool (such as Zoom) will help you to effectively go through the class.
9. Participate in the online class, be proactive, be respectful and maintain a positive presence in the class. 
10. Stay motivated, be fully committed to your online course. 

Follow these study tips for learning Chess and you will be able to make your online learning a fun and enjoyable eLearning experience.

Best Center for White and Black

In the beginning of the game, it is very important to control the Center of the chessboard with your pawns.
Below is the best Center for White since both pawns on e4 & d4 occupy 2 squares of the center and control the other 2 squares.

Below is the best Center for Black since both pawns on e5 & d5 occupy 2 squares of the center and control the other 2 squares.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Recognize the Master

Can you recognize who this is?