Chess Guide for the Intermediate Player

What do you need to know? edit

You need to understand the rules of chess. This book is for intermediate players, so we'll talk about openings, tactics, and strategy.

You also need to understand the chess notation, such as 4. Nc3!?.

If you know rules and notation, then you can read this book!

Chess960 edit

Here's an interesting question: What's the most unbalanced 960 position? We'll talk about Chess960 later.

Chess960 is a very popular variant of classical chess. The positions of non-pawn pieces are shuffled (on ranks 1 and 8) in the starting positions. We will analyze most such positions.

Example Games edit

You can take a look at the "Example Games" chapter anytime. It is somewhat analysis for games. (Some of them, more actually, almost all of them are my own games!)

Table of contents edit

  1. Some basics for openings
  2. Tactics for beginners
  3. More Opening Tricks
  4. More Tactics
  5. High-level Openings
  6. Strategy
  7. Hidden Tactics
  8. Endgame Basics
  9. Common checkmate patterns
  10. Complicated Checkmate Patterns
  11. Advanced Endgames
  12. Hidden Checkmate
  13. It's really hard to win!
  14. Chess960
  15. How to Analyse
  16. Opening Wiki
  17. Chess Developer: Engine Programming
  18. Example Games
  19. High-level
  20. Bye