Why the Time of Day Matters in Winning Chess Games!

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my policy on affiliate promotions. Why Chess is Mentally Taxing: Playing any sport, there will always be a time when you perform at your best and then your brain will hurt. Once your brain…

Bongcloud Part 2-The Most Underrated Chess Opening Ever!

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Introduction: In Part 1 of discussing the Bongcloud, I analyzed why the bongcloud was a very underrated opening and how it could be the most underrated opening in a chess person's opening repitoire. In part 2, I will be discussing why "the…

Bongcloud Part 1-The Most Underrated Chess Opening Ever!

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Introduction: The bongcloud is an opening where white or black makes a king move very early in the game. Conventional rules state that the king is to be castled in order for the king to get out of the center into safety. However, it will be…

Does Chess Help Create a Strategic Planning System?

Introduction: For the last several years, I have approached chess from a health perspective. How chess benefits the mind, the body and the soul. Chess helps strengthen your focus, forces you to slow down, increases concentration, brain power,…

The Gorgeous Beauty of the Two Bishops!

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Introduction: I have seen many games showcasing the power of the two bishops working so beautifully. In terms of grand master play, the finest example I can think of is Fischer v. Larsen at the 1971 Candidates Semifinal match. I haven't played…

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…

Health Benefits of Chess Overlooked

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Introduction: There are many health benefits of chess that are especially important for today's age when it seems that everyone is living life in the fast lane. From my own experience, they include being able to think very quickly in…

The English Opening With Na6 From the Facebook Challenge Part 1!

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I issued a second Facebook challenge for members of the Unconventional Chess Corner and we had an acceptance. This is the first of two parts as Part 1 will cover the game I lost while the second will cover the game I won. I decided to continue…

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…