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Taking a look at the Black Sheep

Taking a look at the Black Sheep

The black sheep is something that is a weakness in one's own position. Most players never recognize this however this is necessary to know as it limits the range and power of his/her's pieces. Let me demonstrate this by showing games played by two masters. The game...

Why should The London System be played?

Why should The London System be played?

The London System is seen by most players as a sluggish framework, where white just goes for his typical set up paying little mind to blacks moves. When in doubt, such a methodology is innocuous for black, I wouldn't prescribe it for somebody truly attempting to...

3 Great Romantic Chess games

3 Great Romantic Chess games

I'll show you the fine romantic artistry from 3 lesser-known old masters, embodied in 3 great games. I'll also give a cursory introduction of the players. Amos Burn Amos Burn learned chess in 1864 at the age of 15-16 and was coached by title holder Wilhelm Steinitz....

Ignatz Kolisch | Romantic Chess Part 4

Ignatz Kolisch | Romantic Chess Part 4

Today's blog will cover a lot of games because Kolisch is such a strong player with a phenomenal technique. It's a shame that most people don't even know him, forget the games part! With this intent, I plan to show at least 5 games of his. With that said, let's move...

Joseph Blackburne | Romantic Chess Part 3

Joseph Blackburne | Romantic Chess Part 3

Conceived on December 10, 1841, Blackburne claimed to have learn chess in 1859, between the ages of 17-18. By and large in match play he fared incredibly inadequately against his counterparts however he had fine exhibitions against them in competition play. Were not...

Mikhail Chigorin | Romantic Chess Part 2

Mikhail Chigorin | Romantic Chess Part 2

Mikhail Chigorin was without a doubt one of the romantics' school record-breaking extraordinary professional, who designed the Chigorin Defense (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6!?), the Chigorin Variation of the Ruy Lopez. Maybe most endearingly, he was the special case to the...

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