Advanced Chess Lessons

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Kieninger Trap

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The Budapest Defence is a chess opening that starts with the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5. This is one of the rare gambit lines for Black, because almost all of the gambit lines are for White. It is rarely played at grandmaster level, but for the amateur it may be a nice way to immediately attack White’s centre. During most games the sacrificed pawn will be given back, because the alternatives are giving Black a nice advantage in the development of his pieces.

In this lesson we will focus on showing the Kieninger trap, which is one of the reasons to play the Budapest gambit at all. In addition the most important variations of the Budapest gambit are shown.
Liked this game? You will probably like the Immortal Game even more, but first we will have a look at the Mortimer Trap.

Chess clocks

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More than 100 chess lessons

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At the moment there are more than 100 chess lessons on almost all stages of the game and for all levels of play on this Chess Lessons site. You can get a quick overview by looking at the chess lessons index pages, but you can also navigate through this site by means of the labels or by just clicking around or by using the search option on this site.

It is my believe that the interactive way this site offers the chess tutorials gives you something that books are unable to accomplish.
New lessons are added on a regular base and are linked together by links at the end of each lesson about how to continue. At the footer of each lesson you can also find a link to the previous and to the next lesson. This offers you an easy possibility to study all the lessons in the right order. This is not the order based on the publication date, because I am going to continue adding chess lessons on all levels.

Don’t try to learn all the lessons in a couple of days. Take your time. Replay and try some of the things learned on a board and stop after one or two lessons. Keep note of where you stopped, bookmark the page, and return for more when you can give your complete attention to the (next) lesson.

If you are new to chess and not familiar with the rules of the game the chess tutorial about the starting position may be a good start.

Creating a passed pawn (by Google Plus)

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Google Plus automatically created the folowing animated gif, based on the images of the previous post.

Creating a passed pawn

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A passed pawn is a pawn that can not be stopped anymore by one of the opposing pawns. A passed pawn is rather valuable especially in the endgame. Passed pawns are dangerous and they have to be stopped. Assuming that the pawn can not be captured we can stop them by:

  • attacking the square in front of the pawn
  • or placing a piece in front of the pawn

The player with the passed pawn will try to use all the tactical weapons to eliminate the piece that prevents the pawn to queen.
But this will be something of a future lesson. Now we are going to create a passed pawn.

The diagrams below illustrate a rather famous example about the creation of a passed pawn.

    At first sight the position looks about even, but White’s pawns are allready on the fifth rank.
    1.g6 White is going to sacrifice a pawn.
    1…hxg6 Black has to capture the pawn. 1…fxg6 is an alternative
    2.f6 and White is going to sacrifice the second pawn
    2…gxf6 Black has nothing to chose
    3.h6 and now White has created a passed pawn. This will be sufficient to win the game.

The next lesson of these series will learn you the Kieninger trap.

Storming the Castle

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This is an old, but very illustrative game that shows how to take care of a development advantage and some mistakes of your opponent.

In the next lesson we are going to create a passed pawn.

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