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The pawn on f7 looks rather ominous but Black has weaved a mating net and now played 50 f2 after which White resigned rather than face 51 Sgl (51 fxe5 2f4 mate) 51 2xf4+ 52 Sg4 g5 mate. You must make your opponent work hard for victory even though all seems lost. A stunning sacrifice might give you a momentary thrill but if you resign five moves later it has hardly helped the cause. Therefore the key to a good swindle is to frustrate the winning side by putting as many obstacles in his way as...

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If you want to beat stronger players you must not only have self-belief but also a realistic plan of action. It is all very well to say you are going to bamboozle the highest rated player in the tournament, attack like crazy and then checkmate him with brilliant tactics. If only it were that easy we would all be champions. However one fine day I hit upon another method - to adopt a safety first approach which nevertheless retains latent attacking potential. I found that even grandmasters could...

Day Avoiding blunders

Chess Trivia - After the success of a number of hand-written volumes on the royal game, the first printed chess book was released in 1475. It was called 'The Game and Playe of the Chess'. In such a complex game as chess it is inevitable that you will make mistakes. However you can cut down on errors by following these rules Do not become so engrossed in your deep plans that you overlook simple traps laid by your opponent - for example the kind set by the predict-a-move method. Even grandmasters...

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Though this looks like the caveman approach, White's rather crude attack offers good practical chances because Black must defend very precisely. Alternatively, development by 14 ik.g5 looks good since I4 rf8 15 Sad I gives White a slight initiative since 15 Wxd4 16 JLxh7+ would win the queen with a discovered attack. 14 > f8 15 > e2 > 6d7 16 2h3 g6 17 Axg6 hxg6 Capturing towards the centre is the general rule but each position should be judged on its own merits. And here 17 fxg6 is...

Glossary of chess terms

Speed chess timed by a chess clock that is normally set at five minutes per player for the entire game. A bad mistake that usually leads to a loss of material or being checkmated. A blunder can instantly convert a winning position into a losing one. The act of capturing a piece or pawn. The only time in chess when you are allowed to make two moves on one turn. From its starting position a previously unmoved king goes two squares to the left or right and the rook jumps over its head and lands...