How To Get A FIDE Rating In 4 Simple Steps

FIDE is the international chess organization that is in charge of organizing all the important international tournaments and keeping track of the FIDE ratings. If you have been playing chess at a local club, you probably already have a national chess rating. However, since the rating system varies from country to country, the FIDE ratings … Read more

Chess Imbalances: The Secret To Forming Winning Plans

Many players have a difficult time finding the right plan in the middlegame, because there are so many moves to choose from. To form a good plan, you should identify and consider all the imbalances in the position. In his book “How to Reassess your Chess“, Jeremy Silman introduced 7 important chess imbalances that you … Read more

Playing As Black In Chess

You can’t play the white pieces every single chess game. For every game you play as white, you’ll have to play a game as black. Although this might seem like only a tiny difference at first glance, playing as black actually changes everything. Is playing black a disadvantage? If you play with the white pieces, … Read more

The Double Fianchetto Opening: Good or Garbage?

In many modern chess openings you’ll fianchetto one of your bishops. But the double fianchetto opening is actually pretty rare. But if one fianchetto is good, why aren’t two fianchettos even better? Let’s take a closer look at the double fianchetto opening and see if it’s a good opening choice or not. Double fianchetto system … Read more

The Bishop Fianchetto: What, Why, and When?

You might have come across the word “fianchetto” while reading a chess book or listening to chess commentary. A fianchetto refers to a specific way of developing your bishops. And although you might not be familiar with the word, you probably came across a fianchettoed bishop during one of your games already. Let’s go over … Read more

9 Reasons Why The Rook Is Better Than The Knight

The rook is worth 5 points, while the knight is only worth 3 points. This is because the rook and knight move completely differently. But why is the linear movement of the rook so much better than the hopping of the knight? Let’s go over all the reasons why a rook is more valuable than … Read more

8 Reasons Why The Rook Is Better Than The Bishop

The numerical value of each piece is one of the first thing you learn when you pick up chess. A rook is worth 5 points and a bishop only worth 3 points. But why is the rook better than the bishop? The rook moves linearly and the bishop moves diagonally. So how can the rook … Read more

15 Easy Chess Puzzles For Beginners

Most chess games by beginners are decided by tactical combinations. No matter how good your strategic and positional understanding is, if you blunder a piece, you’ll probably lose the game. Similarly, you can save a losing position if you know how to capitalize on your opponent’s mistakes. If you want to consistently spot tactics in … Read more

Best Defenses In Chess Against e4 And d4

Most people prefer to play the white pieces because white gets to make the first move and has a statistically higher chance of winning. But that doesn’t mean that you are completely helpless with the black pieces. If you play a solid opening, you can quickly equalize out of the opening and start playing for … Read more