4 Rules: How to Set up a Chess Board

Setting up a chess board is easy to learn and easy to master. Before you make your first move, make sure your board is set up correctly with these 4 rules. Rule 1: White on Right The bottom-right square of your chess board should be a white (or light) square. Not a dark square. Rule 2: Pawns on the 2nd and 7th rank Pawns belong one rank (horizontal row) from the bottom and top. Get 3D pieces on chess.com Rule 3: Rooks -> Knights -> Bishops Starting in each corner,…

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How to crush the KID with the London System

You are all in for a treat. Today, James, a ChessGoals member, shares his wisdom on how to crush the Kings Indian Defense with the London System. Thank you, James, for giving away all these valuable insights for free. Let's dive right in! After 1 d4 Nf6 2 Bf4, the King’s Indian Defense (‘KID’) is by far Black’s most popular set-up to meet the London System. More than half of all games enter this position. You are more likely to see the KID than the Grunfeld, Queen’s Indian Defense and…

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James’s 2023 Chess Goals

Hello everybody. Today we have another guest post from ChessGoals member James. We loved his middelegame posts so much that we wanted to share his chess goals for 2023 with the community. Generated with DALL-E 2 I have been mulling over chess goals to set for 2023. Writing out my goals publicly, cliché as it may be, allows you (dear reader) to hold me accountable. If the plan does not go well, we can learn from my missteps together. It is often said goals should be “SMART” meaning: Specific, Measurable,…

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Magnus Carlsen Accuses Hans Niemann of Cheating

It was a totally normal Labor Day until Magnus Carlsen tweeted this: Magnus has never withdrawn from a tournament in his life. It is clear he senses something is off. Magnus is a huge futbol fan and linked a video of legendary coach Jose Mourinho, who was speaking of a cheating scandal. The allegations against Hans Niemann are very serious and potentially career-ending. We understand the weight these allegations hold and we will report what we currently know. We strongly hold that Hans is innocent until proven guilty. We will…

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3 Ways to Restart Your Chess This Fall

We’ve all fallen out of our schedules this summer. But that’s fine, fall is soon among us. We can smell PSLs, our kids are heading back to school. It’s time to get back to chess. Here are 3 ways to make it happen. Get on a study plan ChessGoal’s study plans are completely free. This will guide you through 12 weeks of structured study for your rating level. Don’t worry about what to learn, how to learn it, etc. We’ve got you covered. Just show up and follow the guide.…

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Finding Moves in the Middlegame

Today we have a guest post from ChessGoals member James, who is continuing his deep dive into middlegames. Today he discusses how to find different moves to improve your position. Hi again! I'm continuing from the last article which dealt with how to improve your middlegame play. This time we will go a little deeper and explore common ways to find a good move in the middlegame. These ideas should assist you after the opening in equal positions. Improve your worst piece(s) Every piece to contributes to our position. If…

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Learner Series #19 With Geert

How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? My name is Geert. I am a 21 year old student living in the Netherlands. I've been playing chess since I was about eight or nine. My uncle taught me and my brother the Sicilian defense and gave us a book about the Italian Game. My brother's friend introduced us to the local chess club. As a child I won many tournaments (and many cups 😉). Yes, I have good memories of those times. After primary school I stopped playing because…

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How to Improve your Middlegame Play

Today we have a guest post from James, a ChessGoals member and aspiring chess master. In this article James will cover middlegames and give you practical tips on how to improve your own middlegames. Hi everyone!Today I am exploring topic with you I have been studying the last few weeks – improving middlegame play. Most players today have strong opening preparation and an understanding of common endgames. It is still very common for club players to leave their opening preparation and be lost in the middlegame, however. As you encounter…

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Using the new Chess.com Insights

This post is supported by affiliate links. Insights overview for chessebuss. The Internet's second favorite chess website recently released their newest feature: Insights. There is a ton of information here. Chess.com gives us data around move accuracy, results vs different opposition, even time-of-day and day-of-week stats. Let's break it all down and learn how we can plug our weaknesses. Insights Overview Section The overview section of insights gives us data on a few areas of our game. Let's go over each one. Average Accuracy My average accuracy has stayed very…

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5 Best Non-Chess Books to Improve Your Chess

We can only study so much chess. At least, I can only study so much chess. But how we study is just as important as what we study. And the habits and practices of your study are even more important. That's why in this post we offer suggestions for 5 non-chess books that will help improve your game. These are all books we have read in the past year. Non-Chess Book #1: Atomic Habits We are huge, huge fans of Atomic Habits. We have an entire post dedicated to how…

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