How to Play Chess: Checkmating

Checkmate is the main goal behind playing a chess game. When you deliver a checkmate it means you have attacked your enemy’s king. The king will be stuck in a position Where your opponent doesn’t have the following means to escape the attack: A friendly piece to shield the king from the attack The king … Read more

How to Play, Attack and Counter

The Queen’s Indian Defense shares some of the strategies found in the Nimzo-Indian Defense and is an excellent choice to include in your repertoire, the Nimzo-Indian opening. Several World Chess Champions have played the Queen’s Indian Defense. Among them are Euwe, Kasparov, Anand, Karpov, and Kramnik. The Queen’s Indian Defense is an excellent choice when … Read more

The Benko Gambit: A How to Play Guide for White & Black

Quick overview The Benko Gambit is an opening arising after the move order 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5. Black sacrifices a pawn in order for a positional advantage and to play on an open queenside. White can have trouble converting their material advantage, even after trading pieces. If they can thwart Black’s queenside attack, … Read more

The Semi-Tarrasch – How to Play, Attack and Counter (as White & Black)

Quick overview: The Semi-Tarrasch is a sub-variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined, which arises after the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5. On the surface it appears like a Tarrasch, but the fact that Black avoids the isolated queen pawn means that it is actually more similar to the Grunfeld. The Semi-Tarrasch … Read more

Sicilian Najdorf – How to Play, Attack & Counter as White & Black

Quick overview The Sicilian Najdorf is one of the most reputable and popular openings, particularly at the top level. It has been used effectively by World Champions such as Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer. It arises after the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6. The idea behing 5…a6 is to … Read more

Scandinavian Defense – How to Play As White and Black

In many chess openings playing …e5 or …d5 is essential for achieving equality for Black. In light of this, the sooner black plays …d5, the better? You cannot play it sooner than the first move. The Scandinavian Defense (1.e4 d5), or Center Counter game as it is sometimes called, has been played around since at … Read more