The Chess Enthusiast

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    • Back to 1800!

      Okay it took me a while but I'm back in the 1800 ELO territory. Staying here will be the tricky part though.    Here's the winning game that got me back up there. Warning to readers: Do not play the opening the same way as my opponent did. It ... | Read More

    • Probing attack

      When one has the attack, take your time. Even if you can't find the winning move, just keep probing and bringing all your pieces into the attack. Sometimes the pressure on the Defender builds up and they can find it tough to defend as in the follo... | Read More

    • Tactics Tactics Tactics.

      At sub ELO 2000, often I find that the easiest way to win is stay tight and wait for your opponent to overlook a tactical hit as in the following game:  | Read More

    • Patience.

      I am eagerly looking forward to my first OTB tournament this coming April. With longer time controls (90mins +30s), I am aware that I have to restrain myself from playing the first good looking move that i see and calcuate some variations first. M... | Read More

    • Now Playing at a different chess site: FIDE Online

      Hi community,  Apologises if I haven't been chess blogging these past few weeks. Work has been busy and I am concentrating on developing other life skills like investment and banking!  In other news.. I'm now an official FIDE member!... | Read More

    • 2016 Chess resolutions

      Happy New Year everyone! 2015 was a great year of chess for me. I managed to cross the 1800 ELO mark for the first time and stay in the 1700-1800 region for majority of the year. I dare say that my understanding of the game has deepened.  So he... | Read More

    • Playing against the London System.

      The london system i feel is most effective only after 1.d4 d5, not so against 1..Nf6 as Black hasn't committed his central pawns yet and remains flexible. Black should aim for d6 then e5 pawn push to 'blunt' the london bishop after which he will b... | Read More

    • Nice mate to end the game.

      Quite like this particular checkmate pattern so I decided to put it up as a tactical puzzle.  Enjoy. | Read More

    • Always be aware of tactics

      The lesson learnt from the following game is this: always be on the lookout for tactics especially in an opening position.  | Read More

    • My rook for your knight!

      Always be aware of rook sacrifices against the castled knight guarding one's king. The shattered pawn structure is usually more then enough compensation for the material loss, allowing one to get mated. Enjoy. | Read More