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Chess is beyond doubt one of the oldest and most played games in the world. Chess breaks all intellectual, age and languages barriers and can therefore be enjoyed by people from all corners of the globe. In an age where old traditions are quickly being replaced with new and adventure packed activities, it is surprising that tens of thousands of people learn chess each and every year.

For many, chess is some boring old game that is played by people with massive IQs. This is far from the truth. Chess is very easy to learn, and the best part is that it can be played on different levels. Beginner players for example can play with other beginner players and get the same amount of excitement and enjoyment from the game as two grand masters would if they were locked in battle.

Some of the great benefits of learning chess include:

  • Chess is exciting. It is tremendously exciting to plan a trap and wait with bated breath as your opponent unwittingly plays into your hands.
  • Chess teaches patience. Strategies and tactics take time to execute. Not all strategies will pan out, and as a result all of your hard work will need to start again.
  • Chess can be learned. Unlike many social sports, you do not have to be a “natural” to play chess well. A player becomes better as they learn new tactics and strategies.
  • Chess is really cheap. Most chess software is free. Chess boards are cheap. There are no ongoing running costs.
  • Chess improves your life skills. It is not hard to draw parallels between chess and every day life. Chess requires a player to think about each move before it is made. So does life. Chess has setbacks. So does life. Chess requires you to plan for the long term. So does life.
  • Chess teaches independence. Players must think on their own. They must make their own decisions.
  • Chess breaks age barriers. Chess can be played equally as well between adult and child.

Unfortunately for chess, many TV shows and movies have portrayed chess as a difficult game. Once this myth has been set aside, many people often find that learning the rules of chess is actually a simple task. There are only six different pieces, each with their own special moves. The game simply requires you to force your opponent’s King (one of the six pieces) into a position where he can be captured. All in all, there are only a few rules, and these rules can be learned in a matter of hours.

The real challenge with chess is learning tactics and strategy. Tactics are short term moves that lead to long term gain. Tactical moves are used together to form a strategy. Tactics are specific moves that place a piece in a specific place on the board either to attack or defend an area of the board. Tactics are learned as a player becomes more experienced. Strategy is learned once a player has a sufficient arsenal of tactics to form a strategy. This may all sound very complicated, but the beauty of chess is that tactics and strategy are learned only as a player becomes more experienced, and therefore the initial steps of learning chess are not slowed down. As you become experienced, you will find that learning new tactics is extremely rewarding and satisfying. This is why people continue to play chess throughout their entire life.

What is important to conclude from the above article is that anybody can learn chess. Chess starts off easy and only becomes harder as your opponent gets better.

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Hi there all chesslovers!

I have noticed that Owens-defence is played a lot again! It have not been “in the¬†mode” for a while, but it is a strategical way of getting far away from all the bookish games. And, besides, it serves it purposes as a “surprice” in blitz-games. It is, perhaps wisely, said that one should not ananlyze these blitz-games with that much attention, but let’s give it a short shot!

Lets take a short look at how to meet this opening as white – and this from the side: “you have to make a functional¬†plan”. At least somewhat “functional”.

My opponent is not to be mentioned but the game took place in a VIP-tournament. I, “mikethepike” played white.

Conclusion: Well, not that many. But the “stealthed” bishop is quite funny – for white that is.

Greetings from Sweden in springtimes!

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Pawn endgames can seem easy to play and understand. But even in so simple positions there are many subtleties.

I’m going to show some subtle nuances in king+pawn vs king endgame.

First thing to know is the rule of the square: if the defending king is inside the square of the promoting pawn then he can stop it

Black to move just enters the square of the a pawn with 1…Ke4 and its a draw.

If the defending king is already in the square of the pawn it is important not to push the pawn but reach, with the attacking king, the so called key squares:

Look at this example: b5,c5,d5 are the key square and White to move wins easily with 1.Kc4!!

This way he gets the so called OPPOSITION, Black is forced to move away and give access to a key square

I give a sample line:

1.Kc4 Kd6 2.Kb5 Kc7 3.Kc5 Kb7 4.Kd6 Kb6 5.c4 Kb7 6.c5 Kc8 7.Kc6 Kb8 8.Kd7 Kb7 9.c6 and White promotes and wins.

So it is clear that the battle for the key squares is often decided by which side gets the opposition.


There are many different kinds of oppositions:

1. Normal Opposition

2. Distant Opposition

3. Very Distant Opposition

4. Diagonal Opposition

Usually all these kind of opposition will in the end get to normal oposition, allowin to fight for the key square of the pawn.

So, it looks simple but in the endgame we will look at now things are a bit more complicated.


The following position is a study published in 1906 by chess composer Drtina.

White to move and win.

First thing to notice is that Black’s king is already inside the square of the c-pawn.

So, in order to win, White has to reach the key squares (b5, c5 or d5) with his king, BEFORE advancing his pawn.

Key squares will be reached through opposition: to get a win it is important that White reaches a position with King on c4 and Black’s king on c6, (opposition) BUT…. it has to be Black’s move, otherwise the opposition is lost by White!

Let us look at a wrong attempt by White:

1.Kd2 is wrong: how should black reply? Remember the different kinds of opposition!

Analysis of this wrong attempt, and the correct solution will be posted in our next chapter…;)

Meanwhile…have fun!!!


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India vs Indonesia in Chesscube (a friendly duel) struck up in my mind since long time and it became true yesterday! ūüôā

I asked our Indian players to play and they accepted it including Coolchessgm. The Indian players played very well sweeping all the Indonesian players winning 5 games and Indonesia won 0 games. I am posting the results and games here.

Indian team was led by Coolchessgm!.

Time Control: 1 min & Unrated

Indians               vs   Indonesians

Coolchessgm    vs   Htjhinhauw    1-0

Arjun_king        vs   d_k_legrande  1-0

Final_legend     vs   Red hare king   1-0

Arjun143            vs   wisang_master 1-0

Black_Hert         vs    scaryme    1-0

India won all the games and my heartiest congratulations to the players. I am thinking to organize a new Friendly Duel again.

Here are the games:)

This game is not the Game of the Century..

This was played in New York, USA.

Bobby Fischer vs Robert Byrne Manhattan Blitz 1971 1-0

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When solving combination’s we should be accurate and confident with our answer
Do not solve combination’s as a group ; solve it individually.
Because, if others have found the solution while we haven’t, then they would have a tough time waiting for us.
Most important points in solving combination’s are¬†Accuracy & Speed¬†.

And if you did not spent quality time (15-20 min max) on solving a good combination then you would have lost an important aspect of your training i.e¬†Tactical Accuracy. When we solve combination’s fast we tend to lose out on accuracy which is the most important reason for doing it in the first place!!


We all know that we must solve combination’s daily. Why ? Well it –

1.Help’s in development of intuition.
2.Help’s in understanding the role of the chess-pieces in a different light.












With his last move 55.Re1-d1 (diagram) White had initiated a deflection maneuver to promote his passed h-pawn.
The capture 55…Rxd1 now leads to …

A)… victory for Black
B)… perpetual check

Find the right continuation after black’s 55…Rxd1.. Is it a win for black or a draw?

You can mail the answers to coolchessgm@gmail.com or use the comments form below.. or use the contact form

Would you like me to analyse your chess games? For  absolutely free!!

Are you a budding chess player who wants help to improve your  game play? You need to know where you are lacking?

Well, you can improve your game by watching videos of Grandmasters. But, you shall have to know in which level you are…

All you wanna do is.. Send me any random game of yours and I shall pinpoint any problems with that and suggest you some informative ideas. 

Just use the Contact Form or mail me at coolchessgm@gmail.com.

I’m here to help you out friends.. And I may post your instructive game in the blog!



Training Positions

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76,132 Studies by Harold van der Heijden - A mind-boggling effort by the author that took him 3 years of hard work (in perfecting...