There are useful opening
(really, guidelines) which should be known and adopted at
you know better. Sadly, even strict obedience to the
lead to trouble, so you have to learn some specific opening
lines. You don't have to know every opening, but you
least one system for White and a couple as Black.
Which ones you
choose depends on your style and your appetite for study.
It's useful to review and rehearse the reasons for the
The secret of Grandmaster play is to make use of the hidden 65th square on the chess board. I'm sure you've all had the experience of having a piece come at you, apparently out of nowhere, to take one of your army. That piece came from the 65th square.
I can't show you the square, because it's not on the usual 8x8 grid system, but I can show you that it is there. Watch...
Take a 8x8 chessboard (64 squares, right?), and divide it up in a special way:
We had a 4-board
eight Division One chessplayers weren't clear enough about the rules to
confidence in the knowledge of the rest of you...
says in the latest Organiser's Handbook that this rule "...continues to
give arbiters problems. ... When I was in South Africa and held a
seminar, the local arbiters wanted to spend the whole time discussing
Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.
A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.
Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.