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40 Tactics and Military Metaphors - Introduction

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Chess is a war game. Our game is believed to have originated in Eastern India, c. 280-550, in the Gupta Empire, where its early form in the 6th century was known as chaturanga. This "weird" word means literally four divisions [of the military] - infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariotry, represented by the pieces that would evolve into the modern pawn, knight, bishop, and rook, respectively. We wouldn't be far from reality if we said that every chess game, played by amateurs or professionals, is a field battle. The two opponents need to devise a plan to attack the enemy's King; a plan that may change suddenly, because of an unexpected move of the opponent's armies. Chess is also an art, especially when it comes to one of the most crucial parts of the game: Tactics. There are hundreds of books and videos on Tactics out there, but this series, presented by FM Charlie "The Sniper" Storey, uses a different approach: FM Storey uses military metaphors to fix the concepts, and help you remember the 40 different types of tactics the course presents. Pairing every tactic up with a military concept, which can easily be recognized over the board, is amazingly useful. Identifying patterns is extremely important, and FM Charlie "The Sniper" Storey is going to make your chess step up a notch or four with this fun, instructive and useful series!

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