100 Chess Endgames You Must Know to Win! (by Jesus de la Villa)

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100 Chess Endgames You Must Know to Win! (by Jesus de la Villa)

Chess Endgames are the one thing you must absolutely study and know inside and out in order to win chess games. Even if you know the openings and stun your opponent with some crazy middle game tactics, you will never win points unless you convert the end game.

Here is one of the best books for endgame study: 100 Chess Endgames You Must Know to Win! (by Jesus de la Villa). This book is amazing and will help your chess game in an amazing fashion!

Checkout our lichess.org study on 100 endgames you must know here!

1. Basic Endings:

Ending 1: The Rule of the Square

Ending 2: The pawn is on the 6th rank

Ending 3: Key Squares

Ending 4: The Rook’s Pawn. Defending King in Front of the Pawn

Ending 5: Imprisoning the Stronger Side’s King

Ending 6: Rook Vs Bishop. The Wrong Corner

Ending 7: Rook Vs Bishop. The Right Corner.

Ending 8: Rook Vs Knight. At the Edge of the Board.

Ending 9: Rook Vs Knight. In the Corner

2. Knight Vs Pawn

Ending 10: Knight Vs 7th-rank pawn

Ending 11: The knight’s pawn

Ending 12: The 6th-rank rook’s pawn

Ending 13: The 7th-rank rook’s pawn

Ending 14: King + Knight checkmate

Ending 15: The knight’s dumb square

3. Queen Vs Pawn

Ending 16: Queen Vs 7th-rank pawn

Ending 17: Queen Vs 7th-rank rook’s pawn

Ending 18: Queen Vs 7th-rank bishop’s pawn

Ending 19: A too-frequent trick

Ending 20: Queen Vs Queen

4. Rook Vs. Pawn

Ending 21: Kings do not push. Just counting

Ending 22: Defending king on the 3rd rank cut off along a rank

Ending 23: Strong king behind the pawn

Ending 24: Stronger side’s king on on side

Ending 25: The rook in front of the pawn

Ending 26: Special themes with a knight’s pawn

Ending 27: The rook’s pawn. Pushing from the rear

Ending 28: The rook’s pawn. Lateral push

Ending 29: The pawn wins against the rook

5. Rook Vs. 2 Pawns

Ending 30: Kings play no part

Ending 31: Both kings play a part

Ending 32: Only the defending king plays a part

6. Same-Coloured Bishops: Bishops + Pawn Vs Bishop

Ending 33: Driving off the defending bishop

Ending 34: In the rear of the pawn

Ending 35: The short diagonals

Ending 36: Frontal defence

7. Bishop Vs Knight: One pawn on the board

Ending 37: Central Pawn

Ending 38: The Rook’s Pawn

Ending 39: The pawn is on the 7th rank

Ending 40: Unstable position of the controlling knight

8. Opposite-Coloured Bishops: Bishop + 2 pawns Vs Bishop

Ending 41: Pawns on the 6th rank

Ending 42: Pawns on the 5th rank or behind

Ending 43: A very special pair of pawns. The cage.

Ending 44: Pawns separated by just one file

Ending 45: Controlling both pawns along the same diagonal

Ending 46: The winning procedure

Ending 47: Knight’s and central pawn

Ending 48: Central and rook’s pawns

Ending 49: Bishop’s and Knight’s pawns

Ending 50: The attacking bishops contols the promotion square of the knight’s pawn

Ending 51: Central and rook’s pawns

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Winning Chess Tactics – by Yasser Seirawan

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Winning Chess Tactics – by Yasser Seirawan

We’re going through a great book for chess tactics that will greatly help your chess game! It’s by one of the great chess coaches and GM Yasser Seirawan who often appears on the Chess Brah Youtube channel.

Have a look at the book (called Winning Chess Tactics by Yasser Seirawan) and follow our study tips on lichess.org!

Part 1 Tactics and Combinations

Chapter 1: Definitions

Silman’s Rules of Recognition:
Silman insists that combinations cannot exist without one or more of the following present:

1. A weakened (or open) king. When a king has poor pawn cover, has no defenders, or is otherwise weak, a combination is probably in the works.

2. A stalemated king. When a King has no legal moves, tactics that produce checks also result in checkmate.

3. Undefended Pieces (not pawns). Any unguarded piece is subject to destruction by a double attack or fork.

4. Inadequately guarded pieces. Such a piece appears to be safe, but a sudden double attack can place the piece in jeopardy by adding another attacker.

If you notice one or more of these factors on the board, Silman contents that you should look for a combination. However, if none of these factors are present, it is doubtful that a combination will materialise.

Chapter 2: The Double Attack:

A double attack is an attack against two pieces or pawns at the same time.

i) Discovered Attack: A Queen, Rook, or Bishop lies in wait so that it can attack when another piece or pawn of its own colors moves out of its way.
Diagrams 1 – 4

ii) Discovered checks: The most effective type of discovered attack involves checking the enemy king. This type of discovered attack is even stronger if it includes a double double attack. Because of the check the opponent is helpless to prevent the other attacking piece or pawn from devouring its victim
Diagrams 5 – 7

It’s not a good idea to leave your Queen opposite a Rook, no matter how many pieces are between them!

When you are ahead in material, it is a good idea to make trades.
Why? Because as the number of pieces you have on the board descreases, the relative importance of a material advantages – even one pawn – increases.

iii) Double Checks: the most powerful type of discovered attack is the double check. This type of check tends to be very strong because it checks the King with two pieces. The King is forced to move, and the enemy is thus frozen for at least one move.
Diagrams 8 – 9

iv) Tests:
Test your might.
Tests 1 – 8

v) Forks: are tactical maneuvers in which a piece of pawn attacks two enemy pieces or pawns at the same time.
-> Knight Forks: Diagrams 10 – 11
-> Bishop Forks: Diagram 12
-> Rook Forks: Diagram 13
-> Queen Forks: Diagram 14
-> King Forks: Diagram 15

vi) Forks as combinations:
Diagram 16 – 25

vii) Tests:
Test 9 – 16

viii) Double Attack by Pawns:
Pawns are one of the paradoxes of chess: The fact that pawns are considered weak makes the much-stronger pieces and the major pieces fear them.
-> Pawns Forks: Diagram 26 – 27
-> Discovered Attacks with Pawns: Diagrams 28

ix) Tests:
Test 17 – 19

Chapter 3: The Pin

Chapter 4: The Skewer

Chapter 5: King Tactics and Combinations

Chapter 6: Deflection

Chapter 7: Battery on an Open File or Diagonal

Chapter 8: The Power of Pawns

Chapter 9: The Decoy

Chapter 10: Clearance Sacrifice

Chapter 11: X-Rays and Windmills

Chapter 12: Swischenzug

Chapter 13: Other kinds of draws

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What are the Best Chess Openings to Improve Your Chess Game?

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What are the Best Chess Openings to Improve Your Chess Game?

Although we have already talked about the overall best chess openings here, now we are going to talk about the best chess openings to play in order to improve your chess game.

The main points are to have open or semi-open games in order to improve your strategic thinking in chess and to provide enormous opportunities for you to have experience with a lot of good tactical middle game ideas.

The point is by playing the below chess opening, they will expose yourself to many different kinds of chess games. Chess games where you have to know middle-game tactical ideas, as well as many longer-term strategic and positional ideas in order to win them. In other words, the below chess openings are the best chess openings in order to improve your own chess game in the most efficient way possible.

Openings for White:

First off we have the Italian Game for white. This is one of the oldest openings that has been played in chess and has been analysed extensively throughout chess history. It also employs many of the main middle game and strategic ideas in chess that you must learn in order to play chess well.

1. Italian Game:

Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bc4

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The Italian Game –
Chess Openings to improve your game

Main Variations of the Italian Game:

  1. The Guico Piano
  2. Evan’s Gambit
  3. The Knights Attack (4. Ng5!)
  4. The Deutz Gambit
  5. Fried Liver Attack
  6. Traxler Counterattack
  7. Modern Bishop’s Opening
  8. Hungarian Defense

Click here for the video playlist for the Italian Game (Hanging Pawns)

Hanging Pawns is one of the best Chess channels for aspiring chess players. Currently, they have gone through most of the openings for e4 and will start their endgame series in June of 2019.

2. The Spanish Game (aka. The Ruy-Lopez)

The second opening we have for white is the Spanish Game (or the Ruy Lopez), which is also one of the oldest openings in chess. It too like the Italian Game has been played and analysed extensively throughout history and still is played at the highest levels of chess by players such as Carlsen,

Moves: 
1. e4, e5; 2. Nf3, Nc6; 3. Bb5

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The Spanish Game (aka the Ruy-Lopez)

Main Variations of the Ruy-Lopez

  1. The Exchange Variation: the simple approach by white
  2. The Berlin Defense: Kramnick’s strongest weapon
  3. The Marshall Attack: black gives up a pawn in exchange for attacking pressure and piece activity
  4. The Archangel (Arkhangelsk) Variation: black’s most aggressive line
  5. The Chigorin Variation of the Closed Ruy Lopez: attacking the Spanish by black
  6. The Breyer Variation of the Ruy Lopez: a positional approach by black

Click here for the video playlist for the Spanish Game (i.e. The Ruy-Lopez) (Hanging Pawns)

Openings for Black:

As well as White Openings, you also need to prepare a few openings for black too. There are two really great openings that will help you learn more principled approaches to chess – The Sicilian Defense and the Caro-Kann.

The Sicilian Defense is played all the way to the top of chess – including super-GMs like Carlsen and Caruana. It’s particularly important to get your head around because you need to learn how to play against it. You also need to learn how to punish bad moves by your opponent – in others words, you need to learn the theory of the Sicilian Defense!

1. Sicilian Defense:

Moves: 
1. e4, c5

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The Sicilian Defense –
Chess Openings to Improve Your Game

Main Variations of the Sicilian Defense:

  1. The Accelerated Dragon
  2. Pins Variation (5. f3)
  3. The Alapin (c3)
  4. Grand Prix Attack
  5. The Najdorf
  6. Sicilian Kan
  7. Kramnik Variation of the Sicilian
  8. Smith-Morra Gambit
  9. Taimanov Variation
  10. Rossomilo Attack
  11. Sicilian Dragon (Yugoslav Attack)
  12. Sicilian Dragon (Levenfish, Fianchetto, Classical)
  13. Scheveningen Variation
  14. Nimzowitsch Variation
  15. O’Kelly Variation (2. …a6)
  16. Hyperaccelerated Dragon (2. …g6)
  17. Sveshnikov Variation)
  18. Richter-Rauzer Attack
  19. Moscow Variation

Click here for the video playlist for the Sicilian Defense (Hanging Pawns)

2. The Caro-Kann:

The Caro-Kann is also another great opening to learn for black because it similar to the Slav Defense. The Caro-Kann can be played against 1. e4, and the Slav Defense can be played against 2. d4 with similar positional motiffs in each.

The Caro-Kann can also carry you through to GM status if you want to go that far in your chess game. There’s lots of room here to improve.

Moves: 
1. e4, c6

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Caro-Kann Defense – Black Openings

Main Variations of the Caro-Kann:

  1. Caro-Kann Defense – Advance Variation
  2. Panov-Botvinnik Attack
  3. Caro-Kann Defense – Exchange Variation
  4. Karpov Variation of the Caro-Kann Defense (B17)
  5. Caro-Kann Main Line
  6. Two-Knight Variation of the Caro-Kann (B11)
  7. Fantasy Variation of the Caro-Kann
  8. Korchnoi Variation of the Caro-Kann
  9. Bronstein-Larsen Variation of the Caro-Kann

Click here for the video playlist for the Caro-Kann (Hanging Pawns)

So, there you have it – the best chess openings to help improve your chess game.

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On Learning Latin

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On Learning Latin

Let’s learn Latin! Our goal here at FlyIntoBooks.com is to learn more about the world through the Great Books of the Western World, as well as Great Literature Books. We also want to learn history through learning the game of chess, and to learn of other cultures like Korea and China.

In effect, we want to become a man of the renaissance, or in other words a polymath. That is, someone who is skilled in many areas of life, history and politics.

We also want to have a more strengthened spiritual life, while also developing our body and mind.

So, as part of the above goals we are going to continue our journey by opening another avenue – we are going to start learning latin.

Why latin? We not only learn more about the culture and history of Ancient Rome and Greece, but we also learn more about the later Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, etc.) as well as the background of the Great Books of the Western World.

While studying Latin, we will undoubtedly read in the original sources from the Great Books of the Western World, thus getting closer to the originals and really feeling the history on the page. That is our intent.

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