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My Ideal Chess Student by Dagne

  1. My ideal chess student works lots on chess in between our chess lessons.
  2. Follows my instructions: I mention puzzle solving regularly and she/he does it lots every day. I mention ideas in different openings and she/he comes back to me with the news about yet another new to her/him opening. Etc., etc., etc…
  3. My ideal chess student has so many questions she/he came across between the lessons!
  4. She/ he listens when I talk. I say one phrase and they respond with a few ideas now they have about the topic! Oh, glory!
  5. Chess is not a fast ride so my ideal chess student enjoys our analytical journey into the depths of that particular position. By searching our play becomes rich!
  6. An hour-long chess session is too short with my ideal chess student! We could have carried on for another one or two… I had one like this yesterday. A biggest ‘Thank You’ from me!

Tactics by Charlotte

Tactics are fast ways to gain the upper hand, if only momentarily. They can win you material, get you closer to checkmating your opponent, or put pressure on a piece. However, that’s only if you know how to use them!


Sovereign Chess by Sofia

We found out about Sovereign Chess recently and have been loving it ever since. Created by Mark Bates, this chess variant is a colourful way to practice chess whilst having fun. You get to have allies and choose colours- there’s even a Sovereign Chess Royale! To find out more, [...]


Online Chess vs Over-the-Board Chess by Dagne

Is it true that online chess encourages us to make a move quicker than when playing over the board?! Is it true that when playing online we tend to choose ‘to do’ rather than ‘to be’ (The definition of these two concepts can be found in Jonathan Rowson’s book ‘Chess [...]


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Chess Olympiad

I will be playing here soon

A rotating puzzle or quadruplexes by Jeff Coakley from puzzling side!
Four puzzles in one!
Add a white pawn to the board so that White (South) has a mate in 1.
Once you solve it, rotate the board 90 degrees [...]