Sunday, November 30, 2008

Ruy Lopez (Spanish) (C60-99) - Opening Theory

One of the most popular chess openings.
Ruy Lopez Wikipedia page - For a general overview of the opening and its variations.
An Introduction to the Ruy Lopez - 6 Pages taken from (Fines- Idea's Behind the Chess openings)

The Ruy Lopez - Spanish Torture? - Excellent Intro, Ideas behind and Variations by The Exeter Chess Club
The Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez - Another Excellent Lesson by The Exeter Chess Club
The Lopez Grip - by IM Andrew Martin
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
The Ruy Exchange - Article on by GM Megesh and GM Arun

Articles From Silmans Opening Archive
Ruy Lopez Articles - 2 part Article by IM Andrew Martin
Birds Defence Article - by John Watson
The Verdict Articles - 4 random annotated Ruy LopezGames (2 Part)

The Classical Defense to the Spanish Part 1 -USCF Senior Master Mark Morss
The Classical Defense to the Spanish Part 2 -USCF Senior Master Mark Morss

Quick Spanish Lessons - Bunch of Minature Spanish games listed by Bill Wall

16 Ruy Lopez articles posted on the Chess Blog/ The Pulse of Chess
The Ruy Lopez for White - an Introduction

Annotated Ruy Lopez Games
Shirov vs Grischuk (C65) - Berlin Defence
Short vs Gelfand (C67) - Berlin Defense
Kasparov vs Kramnik (C67) - Berlin Defence
Luter vs Graf (C78) - Moeller Defence
Anand vs Shirov C78 - Moeller Defence
Kasparov vs Anand (C80) - Open (Tarrasch) Defence
Ivanchuk vs Adams (C88) -Closed
Kramnik vs Lenko (C89) - Marshall Counter Attack
Fischer vs Spassky (C90)-Closed (Breyer Defense)
Fischer vs Spassky (C95) -Closed Breyer Defense

Ruy Lopez Video Lesson Links
Ruy Lopez - Classical Defence - 10 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defence - 10 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Cozio Defence - 11 min Video Lesson
Ruy Lopez - Neo Steinitz Defence 5.D4 10 min Video Lesson

Ruy Lopez Lesson 1 - 10 min Video
Ruy Lopez Lesson 2 - 11 min Video
Ruy Lopez Lesson 3 - 11 min Video

Ruy Lopez Mortimer Trap - 4 min Video
Ruy Lopez Tarrasch's Trap - 10 min Video

Ruy Lopez Videos at
16 Game Analysis Videos - Videos run from 5-35min each.

Ruy Lopez Game Downloads
PGN game downloads from Pgnmentor.
Ruy Lopez Classical - 2999 games
Ruy Lopez Schliemann - 4100 games
Ruy Lopez Berlin - 9209 games
Ruy Lopez Exchange - 8203 games
Ruy Lopez Modern Steinitz -5274 games
Ruy Lopez Marshall Attack -1908 games
Ruy Lopez Anti-Marshall -1932 games
Ruy Lopez Open - 5190 games
Ruy Lopez Chigorin -5605 games

Friday, November 28, 2008

Rook and Pawn Endgames

Since the most common Endgames are Rook and Pawn here are the links I have found to help one learn them.

Tarrasch Rule Wikipedia page - explaining the "rule" that rooks should be placed behind passed pawns with reasons, illustrations and exceptions.

Chess Cafe Endgame Corner Articles by GM Karsten Muller
Rook Endgame Exercises 1 .pdf
Rook Endgame Exercises 2 .pdf
Not All Rook Endgames are Drawn .pdf
The Rook Belongs Behind the Passed Pawn .pdf
Mysterious Rook Endgames .pdf
All Rook Endings are Drawn .pdf
Rooks Revisited .pdf
Checking Distances, Shelters and More .pdf
Rook Endgame with 2 connected passed pawns .pdf

Active Rooks .pdf - Mark Dvoretsky
Discoveries in Rook Endgames .pdf - Mark Dvoretsky
Endgames That need to be Mastered- 23 famous Chessgames (King and Pawn and Rook and Pawn endgames.)

Video Lessons

Endgame Study: Saavedra Position - 4 min Video
Endgame Study: Lucena Position - 10 min Video
Endgame Study: Philidor Position - 8 min Video
All Rook Endgames are Drawn - 15 min Video by FM Charles Galofre

Rook Ending - Long Side and Short Side - 6 min Video
Checking Distance in Rook Endings - 11 min Video
2nd Rank Stalemate Trap in Rook Endings - 10 min Video
Gregoriev's Combined Method - 11 Min Video (This method is applicable for c,d,e,f pawns that have not yet reached the 5th rank, where the defender's king is cut off at least 2 files and the defender's rook is defending via frontal attack. )

Understanding Rook Endgames 1) Piece Activity - 10 Min Video
Understanding Rook Endgames 2) Creating Weakness - 6 Min Video

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

French Defence (C00 - C19) - Opening Theory

The second most popular opening for black behind the Sicilian.
Here is the Wikipedia page on the French and its Variations. French General Info

French Defence .pdf - 16 page document by Eric Schiller on French and its Variations

Chess Cafe Articles
Terra Incognita (Reti Gambit)(C00) - Tim McGrew (Gambit Cartel)
Shirov vs Khalifman (Kings Indian Attack)(C00) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Adams vs Seirawan (Tarrasch)(C03) - GM Yasser Seirawan
A French Farce - (Tarrasch)(C06) - IM Gary Lane
Kasparov vs Short (Steinitz )(C11) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Talking French (Classical)(C14) - IM Gary Lane
Anand vs Ivanchuk (Winawer)(C19) - GM Yasser Seirawan

Annotated Chess Games
Svidler, P. - Volkov, S. [C02]
Svidler, Peter (2747) - Bareev, Evgeny (2714) [C10]
Polgar, Judit (2715) - Berkes, Ferenc (2578) [C11]
Leko, Peter (2736) - Radjabov, Teimour (2624) [C12]
Lutz, Christopher (2644) - Korchnoi, Viktor (2635) [C12]
Ponomariov, R. (2727) - Ivanchuk, V. (2717) [C11]
Shirov, A. (2746) - Bareev, E. (2702) [C11]

6 Annotated Grandmaster Games using the French
108 Annotated Games using the French

Chess Puzzles by Opening
(From 10,000 Chess Puzzles)
French, Tarrasch, 3....a6 (C03) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Bc6 (C04) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....Nf6 (C05) -10 puzzles
French, Tarrasch, 3....c5 (C07) - 10 puzzles
French, Winawer (C18) -10 puzzles

ECO- Codes (French Defence)
* C00 - 1.e4 e6 without 2.d4 (early deviations)
* C01 - 2.d4 d5 (includes the Exchange Variation, 3.exd5)
* C02 - 3.e5 (Advance Variation)
* C03 - 3.Nd2 (includes 3...Be7; C03-C09 cover the Tarrasch Variation)
* C04 - 3.Nd2 Nc6 (Guimard Variation)
* C05 - 3.Nd2 Nf6
* C06 - 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3
* C07 - 3.Nd2 c5 (includes 4.exd5 Qxd5)
* C08 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5
* C09 - 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 Nc6
* C10 - 3.Nc3 (includes the Rubinstein Variation, 3...dxe4)
* C11 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 (includes the Steinitz Variation, 4.e5; C11-C14 cover the Classical Variation)
* C12 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 (includes the MacCutcheon Variation, 4...Bb4)
* C13 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4 (Burn Variation)
* C14 - 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7
* C15 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 (C15-C19 cover the Winawer Variation)
* C16 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5
* C17 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5
* C18 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 (includes the Armenian Variation, 5...Ba5)
* C19 - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Nf3 and 7.a4

French Defence Videos

Rubenstein Variation - Instructive game on how to respond to passive play
French Defence Lectures - Each 10 min Videos
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4
French Defence Opening Lesson - Each 10 Min Video
Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4

Grischuk vs Bareev 2001 - 11 Min Video (French defence with 3.e5 (Advance Variation) )
Puiras vs Berman 2001 (Part 1) (Part 2) -9 Min Videos (Master Analysis)
Adams vs Berg - 9 min Video (Tarrasch Advance variation )
French Defence Videos - 30 Live game and 30 Analysis Videos (Each running from 5min to 45 min in length)

French Defence PGN Downloads

(Downloads are from

French Exchange - 10453 games
French Advance -14678 games
French Rubenstein - 7810 games
French Steinitz - 6103 games
French Classical - 4608 games
French Winawer Main Line -12683 games
French Tarrasch 3. ..N-f3 -14048 games
French Tarrasch 3, ..c5 -9861 games

Friday, November 21, 2008

Grand Prix Attack - Chess Opening Theory

A pretty simple and direct opening to learn. It is a white reply to the Sicilian.

Grand Prix Attack
articles from inside chess online.
Part One
Part Two

Here are a couple Chess Cafe articles from Gary Lane on the Grand Prix
Opening Lanes 06 - Discusses the sharp 1.e4 c5 2.f4 e5!?
Opening Lanes 60 - When to Play Bc4 and when not to.
Grand Prix Crash

Kenilworth Chess Club
GrandPrix Attack Explained
The Left Hook Grand Prix with a3
Fun with the Left Hook Grand Prix
Billy Colias Plays the Grand Prix

Chess Videos
Chess Openings - Sicilian Defense: Gran Prix Attack - 18 Min Opening Lesson
Gran Prix Attack - Anand vs Gefland 1996   - 36 Min Video
Refuting the Gran Prix Attack - 15 Min Video
Gran Prix: System with Bb5 - 29 Min Video (Instructive Dark Sq grip game)
The Killer Gran Prix Attack - 13 Min Video (GM Gawain Jones examines opening)

PGN Game Downloads
Gran Prix Attack - 6616 games in pgn format from Pgnmentor - 1124 Games (U of Pitt Archive)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Chess Opening Links

Opening Analysis on the Web - This link will take you to a page with hundreds of links broken into several categories.

Articles and Analysis
Choosing a Repertoire
E-Pawn Openings
D-Pawn Openings
Unusual Openings
Other Link Pages on Openings

If your looking for Free info on openings this is really the page to start.

Endgame Technique

Here is a link to a 14 page .pdf file on Endgame Technique and the two principals of "skillful pawn play" and "exploiting two weakness principal" by Mark Devoretsky

Anthony Miles Endgame Technique .pdf
The Two Weakness Principal .pdf

Endgame Principles .pdf - Endgame Corner Article

Shredder Endgame Database- Just set up your position and the database will show you your way through to a win.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chess Articles

Chess Cafe Archives - Hundreds, maybe thousands of articles, lessons and stories. From Chess masters from all over. (Susan Polgar, Nigel Davies, Tony Miles, Yassir Sierawan and many others)

Larry Evans Teaches Chess - 75+ Chess articles from Chess Life from 1978-2007

Friday, November 14, 2008

Chess Visualization Training

Here is a pretty simple program to help you practice and test your board knowledge in your head.
There is a link on the page to download the program or just start the Java version.

Chess Trainer

Also at they have a Chess Visualization training page as well with three training methods. Knight moves speed quiz, Color square speed quiz and a Find the best move method.

Chess Visualization Training

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chess Puzzles

I have really gotten into doing Chess puzzles as of late. I found a really nice site with 10,000 chess puzzles all from Grand Master games.
10,000 Chess Puzzles

Here is also 6500+ puzzles, from Tactical Combinations, Best Move puzzles and Endgame Studies in PDF format.
6500 Puzzles

Chess puzzle page with links to 25 Ebooks with thousands of Chess Puzzles for download in PDF format.
EBook Puzzles

Chessopolis Puzzle Link Page - 30 or so links here to different sites with Puzzles, Problems and compositions. - Site with 900+ problems, Forums, ability to sort and add problems.

EcoChess Tactics Page - 1000's of tactics problems from real games. Broken down in difficulty from Beginner to Grandmaster. **(This is a really nice place to practice Tactics)

Tactics - Deflection

Deflection is a tactic that forces an opponents piece to leave the square, row or file where it has to remain, because it is needed there to defend something.

Deflection Lesson - From
Chess Quiz - Problems 5,6,7 All use Deflection as a solution (Answers at bottom of page)

Video Deflection Lesson

Monday, November 10, 2008


Here is a video showing the concept of Triangulation

Here is the Wikipedia article with some different examples of triangulation as well.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lucena and Philidor Positions

These are two of the most famous and important positions in Endgame Theory.
Here are the Wikipedia methods to each position and the knowledge behind each.
Lucena Position and Philidor Position

Here are the interactive trainers for each position as well so you can practice each.
Lucena Trainer
Philidor Trainer

Philidor Position Endgame Video Lesson - 35 min Video lesson By FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

Tactics- Forks (Double Attack)

Here are a few lesson's showing all the possible forks in Chess.
Fork Lesson 1 and Fork lesson 2

Predator at the Chessboard Lessons (Double Attack)
1. The Knight Fork - 100+ Page lesson with Lots of Examples
2. The Queen Fork - 100+ Page Lesson with " "
3. The Bishop Fork - etc
4. The Rook Fork - etc
5. The Pawn Fork - .etc

Finally Here is the Chess Fork trainer. It took me a few to understand how to use this, you just pick what type of piece you want to fork with, and then click on all the spots on their game board it would fork the pieces that show up.
Chess Fork Trainer

Fork Video Lessons
Knight Forks - 5 Min Video
Chess 101- Forks - 10 Min Video
Chess Lesson Knight Fork - 10 Min Video
Introduction to Basic Tactical Themes - Forks - 6 Min Video

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Nice Site with 2.5 Million Game database, a Tactics section, Endgame section and Opening Traps section. Very clean and easy to use.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Chess Video

Just a post of a Claymation Chess game. I personally love the shark.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Free Chess Endgame Studies

Here are some free Endgame studies and secrets from the Huntsville Chess Club.
There are a couple dozen studies and secrets of "King and Pawn" and "Knight" endgames.

Chess Endgames

Here is another page of recent games from top players and the different Endgames that resulted.
Endgame Lessons

Here is a monster list of Chess Endgame Studies at the Chess Cafe in pdf format. There is also a link on the page to the first 195 studies in text format for download.
Endgame Studies