Saturday, 20 April 2013

Improve Your Chess - 15 Tips


I have made a video lesson "Improve Your Chess - 15 Tips". I hope you will enjoy watching the video. I hope by following these tips, you can easily improve your chess in an easy way. 

Thank you!

Thursday, 18 April 2013



Hope you are doing good with your chess career. So, in this post we shall see a tactical theme called - Deflection!

In some cases, we can win the game or win a piece or can have the advantage using deflection. As the name suggests, we can deflect any of our opponent's pieces which supports his other piece or pawn. 

So by deflecting the supporting piece, we can get the supported piece!

I will give you an example

White to move and win.

As we can see the black queen on e7 supports the rook on d8. So we can deflect it and can with rook on d8. How could it be done?

The solution is this :

1.Qf6+ Qxf6 2.exf6+ Kxf6 3.Rxd8 Rxd8 4.Rxd8 and white is a rook up!

I hope you enjoyed this post, will see you in the next one!

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Sunday, 7 April 2013

Chess Compositions - Puzzles


In the previous lesson, we saw the introduction for the composed puzzles. So today, I am going to give you more such puzzles. Watch this video!

I hope you have started practicing solving chess compositions. As I said, it really improves your thinking capacity. Let me know your feedbacks!

Thank you!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Chess Compositions - Introduction


I am glad to talk to you. Today, in this post, I am going to tell you something interesting. Many players think that by solving tactical puzzles helps them to improve their tactical play or attacking style. I am not saying that they are wrong. It is true that if we solve tactical puzzles, it helps us to improve our tactical play and we can think a lot quickly.

But, that ONLY will NOT help you. You should use your brain. You should give your brain a lot of work. For that, you can solve endings and some COMPOSITIONS. 

Compositions are those puzzles which are composed ( created ) by some person ( normally by masters ). Solving those puzzles are not easy. 

So let me give you such a puzzle now.

White to move and checkmate in 4.

We can simply say that white has two bishops and he can simply win. But, you have to give some work for your brain. I am not saying that when you are a piece up, you should not play simply but give work for your brain. This is just a method of TRAINING.

So here, white has to play and checkmate in 4. Can your brain get it?


1.Bc2 bxc2 2.b3 cxb3 3.Ba3 b2+ 4.Bxb2#

So how is it? Isn't that looking in such a way that your brain gets some work! In this way, you can improve your thinking capacity!

I hope you liked it! Try this method and see whether it helps for your thinking or not!

I will continue this in the next part of this post!

Thank you!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The King Hunt - 2


This is the second part of the lesson - The King Hunt.

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The King Hunt - 1


Today, we are going to see the chess theme called- The King Hunt.

The king hunt theme is most popular especially in olden games.The King hunt theme idea is based on chasing the opponent's king by giving checks and bring it to our campaign i.e, in our ranks.

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Coordination of Pieces


This time, I am going to show you a game played between two GMs. In this game, you can see a very special and important theme in chess called - The Piece coordination.

Coordinating your pieces is very important as you may know, working as a team is better than working as single person. Similarly, your pieces should work in team - Coordinate with each other to give a successful attack or to make a plan success.

So, watch this video and share your comments!

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Simple Chess Mistakes


In this post, I will share some games with you which were played by some advanced players ( even masters ). In these games, they made very simple mistakes which can sometimes be avoided by amateurs. So, in this video I will tell you the following things -

  • Why did they make such mistakes?
  • How can they be avoided?

So, watch this video and avoid such simple mistakes.

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Chess - Sandwich


Today, I am going to share with you, an important and instructive chess theme called - The Sandwich.

So, watch this video!

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Opening Stage - Basic Opening Principles #2

Hello friends,

In the previous post, we have seen certain basic opening principles. So, in this next part of this lesson ( basic opening principles ) we are going to see some more principles which you need to follow.

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Opening Stage - Basic Opening Principles #1

Hello friends,

In the previous post, we have seen the opening stage, the different kinds of openings and what does positional and attacking player play.

In this post, I would like to tell you some basic opening principles that you need to follow in the opening stage.

The basic opening principles suits for all openings. Those principles will help for you to get an easy way to play any opening.

If your opponent suddenly plays an opening which you don't know, you need not worry! You can just follow these principles.

Thank you!

Monday, 1 April 2013

The opening stage - Introduction


The Opening stage is the starting stage of the game. It starts from move 1 to move 15-20 depending on the opening.

There are many openings chess players play. Positional players normally play 1.d4 - The queens pawn opening and attacking players play 1.e4 with white pieces.

Some openings with 1.e4 are :

Sicillian Defense - 1...c5
Caro-Kann - 1...c6
Alekhine - 1...Nf6
Pirc defense - 1...d6
Centre counter - 1...d5

And there are many openings with black's reply 1...e5, They continue with 2.Nf3 Nc6

Ruy Lopez - 3.Bb5 a6

Guicoo Piano - 3.Bc4 Nf6
Scotch - 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4

and black may also play 2...Nf6 which is called Petroff opening.

And similarly, openings with 1.d4 includes black's reply 1..d5, 1...f5, and 1...Nf6.

The move 1...f5 is called the dutch defense.

For 1..d5, there are openings like

2.c4 dxc4 - Queens Gambit Accepted
2.c4 e6 - Queens Gambit Declined
2.c4 c6 - The Slav defense

And the move 1...Nf6, white plays 2.c4 for which black replies

2...e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 - The Nimzo Indian

2...g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 - The Kings Indian defense.

I hope you find this instructive! 

Thank you!


Hello everyone,

I am a chess player from India of FIDE rating around 1700. I want to share my chess knowledge with you, my friends. So, I have started this Chess Strike blog so that I can share my chess knowledge with you and also, I get an opportunity to interact with you people.

I first, started the Chess Strike blog in the start of 2012. The first Chess Strike blog is - - You can find chess news, chess puzzles and more, in that blog.

My friends advised me that the blog looks quite commercial. They meant that it does not focus absolutely as far as learning chess is concerned.

So, I thought I can create another blog - Chess Strike Academy - so that could be the place where you can learn chess. I mean here, it wont be like any chess news and other things which are not included in learning part.

So, I welcome you all to this blog - Here, I will share with you my chess knowledge, it can videos, posts, analysis of chess games and puzzles.

You can also participate with me by commenting on the posts and giving feedback.

You can also find my chess videos at - You can subscribe to that channel for getting notifications when a video is uploaded.

And by the way, the Chess Strike blog - - will still be in use. I will also continue with that blog. There you can still find chess news, puzzles and other things.

So, I wish you all success in your chess career, and you can share these blogs with your friends!

Thank you!