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Peter’s Chess Vibes
“In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tourn... | Read More
I can speak easier than I can explain, so I made a short video. In essence, the common opening mistake being made in amateur chess is pushing rook pawns (a and h files) up one square to keep Bishops and Knights from giving pins or threatening fork... | Read More
One of the first chess books I bought myself was a red little volume in German called Garrik Kasparow - Idol der Jugend by T.Lais. Published in 1983 - when Kasparov was just 20 years old - it contained 60 lightly annotated games played by the late... | Read More
Despite his irritable personality and somewhat dogmatic assertions, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886-1935) is the undisputed patriarch of modern positional thought.
In his magnum opus My System (1925), Nimzowitsch formulated and verbalized a litany o... | Read More
Professor: Good day, class.
The class smiled back, some of the students even said “hi.”
Professor: Are there any questions before we begin today’s session?
Hale: I was wondering if I could show the final moves from a blitz game I had the... | Read More
There are many different traps in chess. Some of them are so well known that you can hardly use these tricks even against relatively weak players.
However, some traps are good enough to catch even grandmasters. Sometimes, the world's leadi... | Read More
Professor: Howdy, class.
Here the class responded with a collective “hi.”
Professor: We have a new class member being added to our roster today. I’d like you to meet Idris.
Everyone smiled coyly, but warmly.
Zephyr: Wha... | Read More
"If you had to pick only one legacy to leave to the chess world, what would it be?"
Well, I have long given up on any hopes of my campaign to de-emphasize the wonderfully accurate but humanly over-dependent rating system (see Encouraging Tourname... | Read More
According to the book of Exodus, the 10 Commandments were inscribed on two stone tablets and given to Moses on the top of Mt. Sinai -- literally, "from on high."
The 10 commandments of chess, on the other hand, were written by the experts at Che... | Read More
Professor: Bonjour, class.
Class: Bonjour, to you as well, Professor.
Lucian: What’s with the French?
Thomas: Were you trying to confuse us?
Professor: No, not at all.
Zephyr: Then why use French to say good afternoon?
Ryan: Do... | Read More
Even devout Petrosian fans cannot deny that combinations are aesthetically pleasing by definition. However, keen tactical vision is no longer a unique commodity.
Sharp combinatorial awareness has become a required skill of all serious chess play... | Read More
Million Dollar Fantasy
Chess.com member Einet890 asked: “If you were to train me for two years to become a GM and had a million dollars on the line, what would the training look like?”
This kind of question c... | Read More
There is arguably no other game with the timeless staying power and global reach of chess. Unlike most of the other games and sports played today by millions around the world, chess has a history that spans millennia.
While chess has change... | Read More
Professor: Welcome back.
Class: Welcome back to you, too, Professor.
Rachel: So what are you going to talk about today?
Professor: Well, the last two sessions had to do with queens winning queens.
Ryan: Were you planning to present more of tha... | Read More
Last week, we examined the rook lift as an attacking tool. Of course, a rook is not only an attacking piece -- it can be mobilized for positional reasons as well.
In this article, we will analyze several instances in which the rook lift serves a... | Read More
As we move further from the misty past and closer to modernity in our exploration of the endgames of world championship matches, we come to the battle between the incumbent champion, Jose Raul Capablanca, and the challenger, Alexander Alekhine.
... | Read More
One hundred years ago the chess world witnessed one of the greatest chess tournaments of all time, Saint Petersburg 1914. Its storylines were numerous and compelling: Capablanca's early domination, Alekhine's first major international success, Rub... | Read More
About a year after I learned the rules of the game, I became practically obsessed with rook lifts. In my (inexperienced and naive) opinion, no attack was truly complete without an aesthetically pleasing rook lift.
Indeed I had a rook (or two) on... | Read More
I think everybody knows, the most draw chances, when a player has got material advantage/disadvantage is in the rook endgames. In this article I want to show some analysis, from a famous Jose Raul, Capablanca-Saviel, Tartakower game from... | Read More
Let's attempt to define a good trap:
"Setting up an attractive, but faulty, sequence for the opponent that, if followed, would allow a tactic or, at least, a forcing sequence unfavorable for that opponent. However, if the opponent avoids that mo... | Read More