Over my time playing atomic I’ve created quite a number of resources for my own benefit and for others. This will primarily be a list of lichess studies covering different topics. (I may consider making the pgns available directly in the future, but the lichess studies may evolve constantly.)


Endgames are probably the most important thing to learn, whether you’re a new player or an experienced one. The basic techniques are very different from regular chess endgames, and fully worth the investment to master them. The first three studies are perhaps the most important of all for practical play.

The rest of the endgame studies may not be as overridingly important as the first three above, but knowing these will give you vital ammunition to convert to winning endgames, and will indirectly improve your middlegame play as well when you consider how to convert to the appropriate endgames.

Game analysis

Analysing games is a good way to improve your chess (also your atomic chess). Failing that, the next best thing would be to go over annotated games.

I have also analysed and annotated over 200 of the games played in the 2017 Atomic World Championship, which was organised by tipau on in November-December 2017. This is analysis with human comments on the ideas and features of the positions (and of course certain tactical lines), not just engine evaluations. There should be something for all skill levels in these games.

I’ve also downloaded the variant games from the FICS game database, and separated all the atomic games from 2009 to 2018 (PGNs compressed in .7z format, 11.7 MB). These are provided for the curious player to appreciate older atomic games.


Opening study is an often misunderstood part of atomic chess. Mainstream atomic theory might be sharp and well-studied, but knowing it well is different from being good at atomic. I personally try to have a wide rather than deep repertoire, so I’ve done several analyses of more offbeat (but still playable and practically good) openings, as well as some mainstream analyses.

I also apologise if anybody finds the opening names I use strange or lacking historical relevance to the players who first played/analysed them. It’s just a way for me to remember the lines; do tell me if you think a certain player should be credited with the lines being played.

Last updated: 2019-06-05 01:25