Chess Has Many Faces To see chess as just a game does not do it justice. To think of it as the narrative around which an award-winning Netflix series was built definitely sells it way short and to think of chess as Dullness Incorporated misses the mark entirely. Remarkably, some people do think of chess […]
7 September 2021∙7 minutes to read
Of Art and Chess If you're any kind of chess fan, you know the moves, strategies and gambits have a beauty all their own. And clinching your first tournament win? What a beautiful feeling! Beauty is generally a quality associated with art in all its forms. Can chess - a beautiful game, be associated with […]
4 September 2021∙7 minutes to read
History of Chess Now’s as good a time as any to learn about the cerebral game of chess. Off the back of the hit show ‘Queen’s Gambit’ on streaming platform Netflix, the popularity of the classic board game is on the rise. What’s more, due to the COVID-19 pandemic which for some was a stark […]
20 July 2021∙7 minutes to read
Chess is an extremely popular pastime for many people in the UK. Not only is chess a fun way to pass an afternoon, but it also provides a number of benefits. Chess helps you to improve your memory, develops rational thinking, exercises the brain, and can even make you more intelligent!
If you are interested in learning to play chess, why not take private sessions with a chess teacher?
Seven Top Chess Openings to Improve Your Game In chess as in everything else, humans are fickle. Some players are mad for speed chess or blitz chess while others consider themselves chess purists: only conventional games will satisfy. Some particularly enjoy the middlegame while, for others, the endgame is what really counts. And, at any […]
13 July 2021∙7 minutes to read
What Skills Do You Need for a Good Chess Strategy? "Life is like a game of chess. To win, you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with in-sight and knowledge and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game […]
21 June 2021∙7 minutes to read
How to Use the Different Pieces in Chess “In chess, as a purely intellectual game, where randomness is excluded, - for someone to play against himself is absurd ... It is as paradoxical, as attempting to jump over his own shadow.” - Stefan Zweig Chess is a board game that’s existed for centuries and is […]
15 June 2021∙6 minutes to read
Chess for Children Chess is a cerebral board game that requires quick thinking and sharp decision-making skills. These are just a few of the reasons to get your kids into the game from an early age. However, there are many more since chess poses unique problems and forces the player to adapt to emerging situations […]
14 June 2021∙7 minutes to read
Who Are the Top Chess Grandmasters? If the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit ignited in you a passion - or, at least an interest in chess, you might be keen to know a few interesting facts behind the story. Chess grandmaster and former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov consulted on the series, as well as […]
23 May 2021∙7 minutes to read
How The Most Famous Chess Players Met With Fame There's a 12-year-old American chess player about to break a few longstanding records. Abhimanyu Mishra learned how to play chess when he was just two-and-a-half years old. When he was seven - the age when most children are only just getting used to primary school, he […]
16 May 2021∙7 minutes to read
Analysing the Best Chess Resources for Learners "You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you." -Barbara Sher Do you like the process of starting over and learning new things? […]
5 May 2021∙7 minutes to read
How to Play Chess “The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to […]
26 April 2021∙8 minutes to read
The Beginner's Guide to Chess Strategy Life conditions lately have necessitated finding pastimes that, in normal circumstances, we might not have embraced. Turning into a couch potato is a fine example of such; it's hard to imagine anyone wanting to remain confined at home, doing nothing but watching television. Indeed, binge-watching entire series in one […]
13 April 2021∙7 minutes to read
There’s been a chess craze recently. Some would credit the Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen for making chess look cool again. Others might claim that the smash Netflix hit “The Queen’s Gambit” is the reason why chess has been experiencing a resurgence in popularity among younger generations. Whoever is to blame for the increased visibility of chess, it’s worth stating that it’s a good thing. Let’s take a look at why.
Why Learn Chess?
Are you still on the fence about chess? Are you not sure whether you should invest your time learning a game that seems so complex? Well, if that’s the case, it’s wise to consider a few reasons why learning chess is such a good idea. Let’s review the top five benefits of learning chess. For one, chess is known for its strategy and various plays. Therefore, it forces players to work on their memorization skills. Memory is improved while playing chess and this is greatly used in many noteworthy sectors. Secondly, chess teaches you how to win and how to lose. Learning how to lose is essential so that you can appreciate the wonderful times when you actually win. Thirdly, chess has been known to increase interpersonal skills and abilities. Why’s that? To win, you have to put yourself in the shoes of your opponent and anticipate their next move. This allows you to carefully analyze how people think and hopefully gain compassion for your fellow humans. Fourthly, this reason is particularly great for children, but, chess is fantastic for helping young ones to learn that their actions have consequences. A slew of wrong movements, or even just one, can mean losing the game. Last but definitely not least, chess is a fantastic game for improving a person’s problem-solving skills and everyone needs that ability! It’s worth pointing out that all of the reasons we’ve stated are noteworthy for persons of all ages. Whether young or old, chess is a game worth playing.
What Resources are Available to Learn Chess?
Without help, it’s nearly impossible to learn a new game such as chess; especially considering how complex and layered it can be! So, what can be done? Well, it’s important to state that there are so many resources that are available for new chess players whether online or in written works such as books and magazines. Some of the best online resources to consider for chess include chess.com (where you can take informative lessons) Garry Kasparov’s Masterclass, self-paced virtual courses on sites such as Udemy, and practical lessons on the highly recommended site lichess.org. However, if you’re a more tactical or face-to-face learner, you might prefer the assistance provided by a private tutor. Professional chess tutors are experts at teaching their students techniques such as reading their opponent and attacking in the middle game. You’ll be surprised to find out that chess tutors are affordable and there are plenty available for hire in most cities in the UK. You will learn chess with a little help from your friends!
Who are the Greatest Chess Players of All Time?
GOAT. Not the slightly irritating farm animal with great facial hair but rather the acronym used for the statement, Greatest Of All Time. There has been a lot of chatter recently as to who is the GOAT in their respective domains. Meryl Streep has been lauded as the GOAT for film acting. Serena Williams is seen as the GOAT in female tennis. And, though this is a controversial statement, some might agree that Lionel Messi is the GOAT soccer player. But, what about chess? Who are the greatest players of all time? There are various names that appear of the lists created by chess experts and some of them include Bobby Fischer, Emanuel Lasker, Vladimir Kramnik, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and the young hotshot Magnus Carlsen. All of these GOATs have different playing techniques that make them unique. Some have pioneered innovative methods whereas others have made the game of chess look sharp and elegant. Why don’t you start playing today?