How Chess Helps Quicken Decision Making!

Introduction: Many days, I am short on time and therefore, like to play chess games that are short on time for each side, about 5 minutes. My opinion is 5 minute chess games are actually more beneficial than I realized when I have to learn…

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…

Chess Tournaments: Should You Participate?

What is a chess tournament? A chess tournament is one where you play against other chess players based on something called a rating. The more games you win, the higher your rating becomes. The governing body for chess tournaments in the US…

Analog Versus Digital Chess Clocks. Which to Get?

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This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information. Introduction: What is a Chess Clock and What is its Purpose? A chess clock is a tool designed to control how much time can be allocated to a game. This…

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…

Mental Health Benefits of Chess

Introduction From the previous article, I discussed a general overview to the health benefits of chess. The health benefits of chess clearly makes the game a huge benefit for those who want to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to discuss in…

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…