In parts one, two, and three of this article, I described the unusual concept of "doing nothing." In this article we'll discuss when it is appropriate to use this idea.
Once upon a time, I showed my game vs. Nakamura as an example of "doing noth... | Read More
"What's the going rate for selling 100 rating points?"
Let's start with "It's illegal and I wouldn't do it, and neither should you or anyone else!" Now that we got that out of the way, I can then state "Interesting question! I've never had that ... | Read More
Professor: Hello, Class. Happy April Fool’s Day!
Lucian: Professor, April Fool’s Day has come and gone. It was three days ago.
Zephyr: I prefer to think of April 1 as being Rachmaninoff’s birthday.
Lucian: I don’t know if I’d... | Read More
1) Every titled player in the world earned the honor by playing games averaging over 5 hours in length.
2) Playing long games on the internet is great practice for real in-person events.
3) Online chess servers do run automated... | Read More
As beginners, we are taught a surprising amount of various tricks, sacrifices, and mates that rarely occur in serious tournament practice. Scholar's Mate, Fool's Mate, Legal's Mate - all of these are aesthetically pleasing to an amateur, but requi... | Read More
I recently participated in an IM norm tournament in Chicago. This was an unusual kind of tournament for me - and you might find it strange that a tournament for international master norms would have grandmasters. Most of the tournaments in which I... | Read More
At the recent FIDE Congress, delegates from the 103 countries represented made some rule changes that had been debated for the past few years. Here are the highlights-
1. Changes for title requriements:
a. By a margin of 100-4, it was voted for ... | Read More
Quite a few amateurs become a bit confused when game annotations talk about the enormous importance of the dark squares in one position or another. Yes, everyone knows what the dark squares are, but in most cases, one is left wondering why they ar... | Read More
In part two of this article, I described how I came up with a weird looking, but nevertheless efficient, plan of treating an unpleasant middlegame in my game vs. Hikaru Nakamura. For in-depth analyzation of the study-like endgame in this encounter... | Read More
In last week's article, we started an analysis of a bizarre game I played ten years ago in the U.S. Championship. The key moment happened around move 15 when, quoting the ChessBase article, Serper "started moving his bishop back and forth between ... | Read More
Paul Morphy, Spring Hill College, 1854
This is a highly unusual article for me. I have no love for chess engines. Additionally, I have severe reservations about trying to compare modern players with 19th cenutry players. It h... | Read More
In Part Six of this seven-part series, we saw Alekhine lose the World Championship to Max Euwe in 1935, only to win it back in 1937. After shocking the world (and Euwe, who was sure he would finish Alekhine off once and for all) with that ep... | Read More
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Interview with José Diaz
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Many peoples think, the computers are better than humans. Today I want to speak about that, because I think not! Think a little bit. We (the humans) made the engines, that was one thing, why humans are better.In the next game (I follow in video) ... | Read More
Warning - the article you are about to read might produce a variety of symptoms, including lightheadedness, altered vision, eye or face twitching, jerking or shaking of arms or legs, disorientation, confusion, or momentary loss of awareness.
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Professor: Good day, class. Would you rather be a knight? Or would you rather be a bishop?
Zephyr: That’s quite a “hello,” Professor.
Lucian: I’m fine. How are you?
Professor: I’m doing OK. Forgive me for getting right into matt... | Read More
Some peoples think, grandmasters can't make mistakes. Today I want to say a very important rule: Grandmasters also can make mistakes! Not only 2200-2300 players miss for example a rook. This thing I want to tell in some diagrams.
After this unbe... | Read More
Drakkar boat sails through waves upwind...
It's about Chess Informant 119 Viking, largely dedicated to the newly crowned world champion Magnus Carlsen. The book and the CD are just published and let me present you short intro about it.
The... | Read More
In this article I want to show some intresting things from the amazing Avro tournament. The tournament was played in 1938 with 8 best players from the 1938 FIDE list! You can see the player's names:
Mikhail Bo... | Read More
We will start our forthcoming GM-IM-ELO closed tournaments on 5th April. The GM-s who will play: IGM VARGA, Zoltan /HUN/, IGM CZEBE, Attila /HUN/, IGM SERES, Lajos /HUN/. We have some vacancies yet in all groups. Our site is: www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More
Imagining that the pieces have stable values which are written in stone is an oversimplification of chess. One of the ways to become a better player is to develop a more subtle understanding of the relative values of pieces.
Often a piece gains ... | Read More
Most tournament players scoff at the notion of Coffeehouse Chess. Even so, some of the most famous brilliancies in chess history were produced under dubious, non-tournament circumstances: The Immortal Game (Anderssen-Kieseritzky) was played at the... | Read More
For the second time in two years I decided to visit the Reykjavik Open tournament in Iceland – not to play chess, but to watch it, and enjoy the country’s hospitality and natural wonders.
Last year, I didn’t have enough time to see any glac... | Read More
Professor: Hey, class, welcome to our circle of chess friends.
Zephyr: Welcome to you as well, Professor.
Lucian: We’re happy to arc across your day.
Professor: And I’m pleased to hear that I’m surrounded by such good cheer.
Luc... | Read More
"How can I tell if a chess book is too advanced for me?"
Excellent question. Often you can't! Even books' suggested reading levels (eg by rating) are often misleading, partly because the publisher wants to sell books, not exclude readers who migh... | Read More