Professor: Good afternoon, class. I hope this past week has been spectacular.
Zephyr: It was for me. I got to go to a concert. I heard Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9". It was glorious.
Professor: The Ninth Symphony! I wish I could have been ... | Read More
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“The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for ChessVi... | Read More
In life, improvement is usually achieved by proceeding along the triangle "->Learn->Practice->Test->". In chess, this is "->Study->Play->Get Feedback->". Leave something out of the loop and you get diminishing returns.
Thi... | Read More
Metropolitan Chess, Inc., a Los Angeles based-company, has just published its first book under the imprint Metropolitan Chess Publishing:
Modernized: The King's Indian Defense
by GM Dejan Bojkov
GM Bojkov is probably ve... | Read More
S T A L E M A T E
The existing rule has this in its favour, that it appeals strongly to the sporting instincts of mankind; and the last chance which it affords to a player who ap... | Read More
Two players reached the IM-norm, FM Sean from INA and FM Petrov (RUS)
the next First Saturday GM IM FM events schedules: 3rd-13th May, 7th-17th June, 5th-15th July, 2nd-12th August, 6th-16th Sept, etc.
IO Nagy Laszlo - www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More
"The biggest risk is not taking one."
Many of the greatest chess players in history are compulsive risk-takers. From Paul Morphy to Mikhail Tal to Bobby Fischer to Alexei Shirov, tournament success (especially at a high level) frequently h... | Read More
The 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open, held April 11-13, 2014, was a typical boring weekend swiss, where the one GM, me, was certain to take first place over a few select "experts" in a tournament with small prizes. Oh wait, that's not right at al... | Read More
Let me start from the very end of this story.
Sousse Interzonal 1967 will always be remembered for Fischer's withdrawal after ten rounds. At that point he had seven wins and three draws. Even though the participants were supposed to play 22 game... | Read More
© 2014, José Diaz
Interview with José Diaz
José Diaz Official Website
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On the TV show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" the contestant lets it be known that he wants to stick with his answer by stating "Final answer!"
Similarly, an over-the-board chess player commits when he intentionally touches a piece (have to move... | Read More
Today we’ll look at three games and one comment. Each entry has important instructive points that are well worth pondering. We’ll start with the comment, alluding to my article, You Have It He Doesn’t! Part 1, which was all about... | Read More
Professor: Good afternoon, class. Just seeing your smiling faces makes my day.
Zephyr: It makes your day? That sounds like a quote from an old Dirty Harry movie.
Lucian: Why? Does Clint Eastwood play chess in those movies?
Professor: I d... | Read More
In a recent tournament, one game reached a certain ending which I had previously played a full eight years ago. That was a decent memory of a very different time. I wasn't even an IM yet, and I was still trying to establish a life in Philadelphia ... | Read More
In the 1990s, when Pete Sampras dominated Wimbledon, he would sometimes win entire matches without a rally longer than a few hits. Expect the same this Saturday, as two energetic blitz specialists (and talented tennis players) lace up for Death Ma... | Read More
In last week's article, A Week in Chicago, Part 1, we saw a very strange and interesting game I played against the young FM Eric Rosen in a Chicago international tournament. Now let's look at what happened later in the tournament.
As I said befo... | Read More
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