When looking at endings it is important to understand why some strategies do not work. This leads to better comprehension of correct strategies. One of the classic drawing approaches in Rook and Pawn versus Rook endings is the “Philidor Position” which I will cover in a future blog post. First though, it is worth looking first at a more passive approach and understand why that does not work. Continue reading Rook and Pawn v Rook: Passive Defence
One of my projects for my chess this summer is to refresh and improve my endgame knowledge. Rook endgames are the most common to occur, primarily due to the fact that the rooks are usually the last pieces to become active in the middle game. Often they will remain on the board after many of the other pieces have ben exchanges. Continue reading Rook Endings – A famous study
I don’t want to be like Anatoly Karpov, nursing a miniscule permanent advantage through to a win; besides the most permanent of advantages never quite seem to live up to their name in my hands.
I learned to play chess in 1972. Ah! You may be thinking, I’m one of those acute minds that can effortlessly recount exact dates.
I would love to accept the suggestion with a nonchalant Gaelic shrug but the truth is, I have difficulty remembering the date of my own wedding anniversary and have to listen closely for clues when I know it’s close to the time. Continue reading Chess (Media) Champions