Like most chess teachers, I encourage my students to look for forcing moves: checks, captures and threats. Some time ago I thought it a good idea to teach them to use a CCTV to look at the board, so I told them about Checks, Captures, Threats and Violent moves. The Violent moves serves as a … Continue reading “CCTV”
There’s a trap in the Caro-Kann which seems to be both very popular and very successful in online chess at the moment. It made an appearance over the board in the recent British Championship. This was Thomas Villiers (2170) v Ioanis Lentzos (2097) 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. d3!? This looks harmless, but … Continue reading “A Trap in the Caro-Kann”
Fantasy Variation vs. Caro-Kann? Caro-Kann is easily one of the most solid defenses Black can come up with. Almost ZERO holes in the position. But great chess players say, when there exist no holes, you must poke… and create them. To most, it may seem like a fantasy. To GM Misa Pap, it is simply […]
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The most popular way to start the game is by moving the King’s pawn two squares forward. This move has been played for centuries and is the move that most beginners are taught to start with. It is one of the most correct first moves, as it opens two pieces, the Queen and the light-squared […]