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Piece Value, Material Advantage, and End Game Success

Most chess players understand that some pieces are worth more than others. However, advanced players understand the numeric value of all the pieces and how to use this information to their advantage during all stages of the game and in different circumstances. The guide below will help you learn how to properly utilize your pieces…

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Your Guide to Center Board Control in Chess

Success in chess is about more than proper piece management but rather about appropriate board control. Certain areas of the board provide more benefits than others, particularly the center four spaces. Obtaining control of these spots improves your chances of success, mainly if you can hinge a successful attack off of these spots. Why Does…

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Play in Style: The Most Expensive Chess Sets in Existence

A natural shift in attention to the quality and style of a chess set often happens once people finally grasp the intricacies of the game. The effort to learn the basics, develop strategies, and continuously better your skills shows a determination beyond a basic interest. Many players who reach a skilled level look to upgrade…

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Mastery of the Pawn Helps You Achieve Greater Chess Success

The pawn is one of the most mysterious and hard-to-master pieces on the chessboard. Many new — and even moderately skilled — players may use their pawns poorly and never advance to the next level. However, the pawn is the backbone of chess strategy, and pawn mastery enhances your chance to become a skilled chess…

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A Knight and Bishop Checkmate: Cracking This Hard Nut

You and your opponent fought sharply throughout a chess game, but you ended up on top with a bishop and a knight paired against their king. However, your opponent has an advantage here because a checkmate with a knight, bishop, and king is tricky and can very quickly become a stalemate. Thankfully, you can achieve…

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Draw Inspiration From These 4 Great American Chess Players

Chess is a game that requires dedication and inspiration, and a great way to draw that inspiration is to learn more about the lives and games of the best chess players. Most people have heard of Bobby Fischer, whose controversial political beliefs drew somewhat of a black cloud over his success as a World Chess…

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The Mysterious Bishop: How to Use This Piece Effectively

Few chess pieces require as much careful strategy as the bishop. Many players — even advanced ones — ignore the possibilities of the bishop because of its difficult play. This mistake can severely impact a player’s effectiveness. The following tips help to improve bishop play and provide players with a better chance of winning games.

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Who Invented Chess?

Many modern board games have a single inventor — either a person or company who designed the game and its rules. Chess, however, is a bit different. It does not have a single inventor. It has been around for millennia in one form or another, with various cultures and organizations slowly making changes to the rules,…

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Modern Chess Alternatives: Rules, Pieces, and Boards in Use Today

Centuries after its creation, chess is still one of the most popular and often-played strategy games in the world. Many enthusiasts love the traditional rules of play, but some skilled players like to branch out. People who feel they have mastered chess can find ways to challenge their strategic thinking and maybe even make themselves…

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Endgame Tips for When Only Kings and Pawns Are Left

An endgame scenario with nothing but kings and pawns can be very frustrating for most beginning chess players. However, advanced players understand that this scenario is among the most common in the game and know how to take advantage of the unique strengths of a king-pawn endgame. The following tips are critical for any young…

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