One of the most common decoys in chess is the queen sacrifice. In this tactic, a player offers their queen to their opponent in exchange for a material advantage or a checkmate.
Scotch Gambit Opening Trap: Learn the best defense
The Scotch Gambit is a highly tactical opening that requires careful calculation and precise play. If White is not careful, Black can gain an advantage by exploiting White’s weaknesses in the center.
Horde Chess: Zerg the white king or crush the pawn crowd
Horde Chess is a popular chess variant among enthusiasts and is often used as a training exercise for chess players to improve their ability to handle complex and challenging positions.
En passant capture: Why does it exist?
En passant is one of those special chess rules that can surprise the less experienced players. Make sure you know everything about this rule, so you don’t get caught off guard!
Greek gift sacrifice: Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes
In this case, the attacking player offers a bishop sacrifice to break through the opponent’s defense and lure out their king to eventually checkmate it or at least gain a significant material advantage.
#2: White to move and win
Black’s position was more solid, and now they threaten to capture the pawn d5, get…
Learn to play Rousseau Gambit: Risky, but tricky counterattack
Overall, the Rousseau Gambit is a creative and dynamic option for black that can catch white off guard and lead to powerful counterattacks. It requires careful calculation and a willingness to take risks, but for those who enjoy a complex and aggressive game of chess, it can be a very rewarding choice.
Intermediate: Checkmate with two bishops
Winning the chess endgame with a king and two bishops against a king can be achieved by following some basic principles and executing a specific strategy. The two bishops can work together to control a large number of squares on the board, which can make it very difficult for the opponent’s king to escape checkmate.
Vienna Game: Frankenstein-Dracula Variation: Learn the Böök trap
The variation contains many lines and sub-variants which are interesting enough to post them as a special article, so I’ll get back to this intriguing opening later. In this post, let’s just look at a remarkable game that shows a neat trap that would be worth adding to your arsenal.
Richard Réti vs. Oldřich Duras: The king’s path in Abbazia
One of the most significant tournaments of that era was the Abbazia 1912 tournament organized by Georg Marco, which was themed around the King’s Gambit Accepted.