Barnes Opening-Your Opponent Will Go Crazy!

Introduction: As part of my quest to find games online in the chessgames.com opening explorer that use unconventional chess openings, I have noticed that some openings have a very limited amount of games to analyze. That is a shame because…

The Ruy Lopez With an Unusual Diverson-Chessgames.com

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Introduction: Normally all of you Unconventional Chess readers think I am going to be talking about some crazy opening like the Clemenz or the Kadas all the time. Not so as there are so many other openings to discuss! I am going to be discussing…

Kadas Opening via Chessgames.com!

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Introduction: I have always thought that sometimes I am alone in playing these wild and crazy chess openings. Thankfully, there are some games featuring these crazy openings via chessgames.com! We will analyze the Kadas opening. I know I have…

The Power of Endgames Featuring the Cut Off

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What to Expect in Endgames: I haven't discussed strictly endgames which is why I decided to discuss this post. The endgame is the most important (in my mind) part of chess because it teaches you the power of individual pieces and what they…

Three Minor Pieces Versus a Queen Under the Reti Opening!

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I have played a few games where I sac my queen in exchange for mate right on the spot or mate in a few moves. Primarily with chess games online, the trend is to sac a queen for mate. When learning Chess,  the first game I ever saw this theme…

The Hippopotamus Defense: Do Doubled Side Pawns Matter?

I have been experimenting with the Hippopotamus Defense (or Adams Defense as of late and it is the king side equivalent to the Lemming Defense discussed earlier. I tend to show more won games than lost games only because I want to prove that…

The Lemming Defense: An Overlooked Rook Booster Opening?

The Lemming Defense is one of the most intriguing knight based replies to an opening move by white, usually with e4 and d4. Normally, one would reply Nf6 and Nc6, but it is intriguing that with this opening, I have found it to be the best…

The Kadas Opening-The Early Battle of the King Side Part 2

In Part 2 of the opening series analyzing the Kadas opening, I show a game that I lost. There are a lot of very interesting themes to explore as a result of some mistakes I have made and how you can avoid them. The theme of early king side control…

The Kadas Opening-The Early Battle of the King Side Part 1

I have been playing a lot of games with this opening as of late. It is among the most interesting openings I have ever played and I have been able to win some games in the face of very complex positions that required extremely precise thinking.…

The Drunken Knight Opening- Awesome Opening If Not for Fatal Endgame Mistakes

I just recently played the drunken knight opening and it is truly fascinating. This opening is the king side version of the sodium attack (Na3) which we have previously analyzed. I have two played games with this opening so far; one I won and…