Articles by Shaun Sedice

Articles by Shaun Sedice

You can find me working on my chess game, chess studies and enjoying excellent coffee in the Pacific Northwest. I hope you will soon bump into me at chess tournaments.
Chess Computers Help You Reach Your Goals
August 10, 2022
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Chess Computers Help You Reach Your Goals

We cannot control many things in life, but thanks to the chess computer, your chess training does not have to be one of those things. Nowadays, chess engines seem to get most of the attention as they are used to analyze games on websites. You can turn this to your advantage by getting a different perspective from most chess players, and the AI in chess computers is rated high enough to challenge titled players.
Must-Know Endgames for Beginners: How to Checkmate
July 27, 2022
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Must-Know Endgames for Beginners: How to Checkmate

Jose Raul Capablanca, the third World Chess Champion, said, “In order to improve your game, you must study the endgame before everything else.” Because of the fifty-move rule in chess, it is essential to know how to checkmate your opponent quickly in the endgame. You also need to know how much material you or your opponent needs to deliver checkmate. This knowledge can help you transition to a drawn endgame even if you are material down.
5 Strong Chess Engines and the Best Ways to Train With Them
July 22, 2022
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5 Strong Chess Engines and the Best Ways to Train With Them

In essence, a chess engine is computer software that plays chess. We are fortunate to live in a time when the strongest chess engines are rated several hundred points higher than the world chess champion. Installing a chess engine on your computer and using it to analyze your games is an excellent way to improve. However, chess engines can help us improve in many ways.
Pawn Structure in Chess: How Beginners Win
July 15, 2022
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Pawn Structure in Chess: How Beginners Win

You might find it helpful to follow GM Simon Williams’ advice to think of the pawn structure in chess as the skeleton of your position and the pieces as the organs. Pawns are much less fluid than pieces and often find themselves in fixed positions since they cannot move backward. Understanding the pawn structure in chess will help you find the best squares for your pieces. You will also know which exchanges are favorable to you.
Chess Opening Books: 10 of the Best
July 12, 2022
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Chess Opening Books: 10 of the Best

Selecting the ten best chess opening books is impossible since chess players have different playing styles. A positional player might rate an opening book on the Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack as the best chess opening book, while an attacking player will prefer a book on gambits. The other challenge in compiling a list of the best chess opening books is the different skill levels of chess players. The opening book that helps you when you are a beginner will differ from that which you find helpful as a strong club player. These chess opening books are highly rated and cover many playing styles and skill levels.
Play the Ruy Lopez and Become a Better Player
June 23, 2022
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Play the Ruy Lopez and Become a Better Player

The Ruy Lopez chess opening has long been seen as white's best chance for an advantage after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6. Many top players and coaches believe your improvement as a chess player depends on your understanding of the Ruy Lopez chess opening. The Ruy Lopez teaches you a lot about the classical principles of the chess opening, and the Closed Variation, with 9 h3, will deepen your understanding of chess. No matter which side of the Ruy Lopez you find yourself on, you will learn much about chess. Of course, an opening with as much history as the Ruy Lopez will have acquired a large amount of theory. Do not let this stop you from playing one of the most respected chess openings, but take your time and enjoy every small step towards mastering the opening.