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Best puzzle compositions!

Check out the best composed puzzles from legendary chess composers including Kasparyan, Pal Benko and Troitsky. Chess compositions are often considered as an art of the game. They don’t occur in regular games but are created to specifically force you to put on your creative thinking hat. They make you think in unconventional ways. Composing a puzzle is not easy though. Not only does the composer have to design a mating net, they also have to make the process beautiful.

Chess Game Attack Vs Defense
In Chess Game, Attack vs Defense: Interesting Scenarios to Use One of Them

Chess is a rich game that cannot be confined to a specific set of answers. So the best strategy is to use a mixture of attack and defensive moves as you saw in the examples above. The side which persists with one strategy will usually be punished, be it attacking relentlessly or defending passively. But if you were to lean towards one, go for the attacking strategy! It doesn’t mean you ignore defense, but you can give a slight preference to aggressive actions (like say 60-40). Read on to know why.

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Should you learn Chess by yourself or with a coach?

Self-learning has its benefits. Today there are so many resources on the internet that you can learn chess from literally anywhere. That’s a great thing.

But if you want to improve fast, go with a coach. There’s a reason why all the world’s best chess players, have a coach. In fact, this is the trend with any top performers in any field. It’s easier to walk the path once someone shows you the road ahead.

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Trades, Sacrifices – How to handle your chess game?

Would you give away Rs. 10 for a Re. 1 coin? Obviously no right? But what if you do research and realize that if you buy the Re. 1 coin today, the coin will be worth Rs. 100 in the next 3 months in the market? All you have to do is pay Rs.10 right now for the coin. Most likely, you’ll buy it, depending on how good your research is! That’s exactly what sacrifice is in chess. It’s a form of investment. You give up something right now, with the intention to get a return in the future.

Making a sacrifice requires some degree of understanding and tactical ability. You must be sharp in your calculations and be able to soundly evaluate the resulting position beforehand. External factors like risk-taking skills, courageousness, and confidence are also important. After all, you are giving up your piece so you must trust your decision! Also, sacrifices need to have an intention behind them. If not, then you can call them blunders(or bad investments!). Sacrifices are usually decisive in nature. Unlike trades where the material is balanced after exchanging pieces, sacrifices are usually done for two purposes – to get a better position or to get out of a bad position.

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Will AI kill the fun in chess?

Find out about the origins of Artificial Intelligence in chess, how an AI engine is different from a normal one and how top players are using it. On the occasion of 20th July, which is the International Chess Day, we would like to enlighten you on the role of AI in chess. There will be many things you’ll learn here, starting from how AI originated to how it’s being used at the top level today. Also a lot of people don’t know the difference between an AI engine and a traditional chess engine. We’ve covered it here.

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Stuck at 800? What to do?

Has your child stagnated at 800 rating?

Maybe they’ve played a lot of games online, but they’re still stuck in that range. They gain +50 points in one day, and lose it all on the next. This can be very frustrating, especially as a parent! You see your child working hard, playing long hours but there seems to be no measurable improvement.

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Youngest Chess Players

These master minds of chess have proven that age is not a factor if one strives to achieve a certain goal. At very young age, these incredible champions have all succeeded in securing a place for them in the world of chess which has fetched them both name and fame. Know more about them by reading this.