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  • Review: Lisa, Pump Up Your Rating, and other recent books

    It’s not easy to find time to read chess books when there’s a World Championship match going on at the same time. Still, chess publishers around the globe managed to reach me over the last few months, and I felt compelled to read some ... | Read More

  • The Embarrassing Endgame

    I call the endgame king+bishop+knight vs. a lonely king an 'embarrassing' endgame because I know too many cases where chess players left a chess board embarrassed. Indeed, just imagine how would you feel if you had a theoretically winning endgame,... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 8

    Last week we studied how to fight against hanging pawns. Particularly, we looked at games where White, playing against hanging pawns, tries to first undermine them with e4- or/and b4-breaks and then attack or blockade these hanging pawns. Thi... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #18 - Listen to the Question

    “I’d like you to consider a position I often show in many of classrooms,” Professor Pando said in his usual clarion voice. “Of course, I have some comments to make about it. But before we go any further, let’s take an actual look at it.... | Read More

  • Kasparov on Berlin Defense

    During dramatic fourth game of the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen, Garry Kasparov has tweeted from the battlefield in Chennai: " Game 4 demonstrated exactly what I wrote for my last Chess Informant column: The Berl... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest chess tournaments 7th-17th December 2013

    In the GM-event the IGM-s KOSIC (MNE), FARAGO, Ivan (HUN) and FODOR, Tamas (HUN) will play. We have some vacancies in the GM and IM group also.  Our site is: www.firstsaturday.hu IO Nagy Laszlo  | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Nov 29, 2013

    "Are you an aggressive player or defensive player?" Answer: Always play with confidence, aggression, and respect for your opponent's moves and ideas. Chess is not the type of game where you can just stick your head in the ground and say "Don't hu... | Read More

  • Magnus Carlsen in the Queenless Middlegame

    You knew it was coming - Magnus Carlsen just won the title of World Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, so it is time for an examination of the modern-day-Capablanca's play in complex endings. There is a huge amount of material o... | Read More

  • Insane, Surprising, or Beautiful Finishes!

    When amateur chess players start a game, they tend to think in terms of winning. They hope to find some combination that will wow their friends and leave their opponent in awe. They want to play a great game so they can show members of their club,... | Read More

  • Maximizing Learning per Unit Time

    I sometimes get asked "When reading a book of annotated games, wouldn't you learn more if you studied a game slowly than read it quickly?" Of course that is true for each game, but it skirts the real issue. And it's clearly true in absurdum: you ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Knight Kamikaze

    Most chess players discover this pattern thanks to the next notorious game (I give it as a puzzle, so you can try your tactical skills!) There is a strong evidence that the game is a fake and was never actually played but it is irrelevant fo... | Read More

  • Chess King Croc

    © 2013, José Diaz   Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 7

    The topic of how to play against hanging pawns have been examined  in numerous books. There are plenty of classical examples from the past showing the effective methods of exploiting the weaknesses of the hanging pawns. These pawns are weak b... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #17 - Playing by the Rules

    The Professor began somewhat formally: “For those who are feeling a bit rambunctious, let’s bring up the topic of rules. Particularly, let’s talk about a rule that was changed in the last 150 years or so.” --- “What rule is that?” Zeph... | Read More

  • IM Troff and IM Sevian plays in Budapest in a GM tournament

    The two USA age group world champion plays now in a GM tournament called GREAT HOPES, from 16th until 26th Nov. The site about the event: http://chess-results.com/tnr115510.aspx?lan=1 The next GM IM tournament in these city: 7th-17th Dec. www.fi... | Read More

  • Fischer and the Bishop Against Knight

    The eleventh world champion, Bobby Fischer, has to his credit a great number of very artistic endings in which he exploited the advantages of one minor piece over the other. One of his great strengths (of the many that he possessed) was a subtle u... | Read More

  • Informant 118 Cobra Unveiled Today

    A big day! Carlsen's era has started but the time has come also for the brand new periodical,  Chess Informant 118 Cobra edition! Few days ago,  after the dramatic fourth game of the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carls... | Read More

  • Thinking Outside of the Box

    For more cool articles visit http://stuscorner.wordpress.com Ivanchuk, Vassily – Aronian, Levon, Linares 2007 What is thinking “outside of the box”? Before I answer to that question, we should analyse this position first. Black has just ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Pushing the Lesson Home!

    In “Train Your Brain, Target Consciousness” (Part 1, Part 2) we took a look at weak squares and weak pawns. When studying things like this, you first look at the concept (in this case weak squares and/or weak pawns), you try to intellectually ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 8

    Hey guys, Carlsen is slowly inching toward victory, One draw at a time! So in Game 8 Carlsen took a draw with the white pieces... this game actually lasted all the way until there were only kings and pawns left In the final position - How ... | Read More

  • WCC Day 7

    Hey Chess Fans, Here's a recap of round 7 of the match between Anand and Carlsen So far it seems as though Carlsen is just running away with the match as Anand will need to win 2 of the final 5 games without losing any just to qualify for the ti... | Read More

  • Lasker's Bishop Chase

    The so-called Lasker variation of the Scandinavian Defense (a.k.a. Center Counter) arises after this sequence of moves: I was not able to find one single game where the second world champion played the variation named after him. My guess is... | Read More

  • Sam Sevian's IM norm in Budapest

    The U-12 world champion reached his IM-title in Budapest in the First Saturday November GM-tournament. www.firstsaturday.hu More info with correspondence: firstsat@hu.inter.net | Read More

  • WCC Day 6

    Hey Guys, Sorry about the late post - was busy  Well.. it seems as though Carlsen is simply outlasting Anand and it looks as though Carlsen is runnning away with the WCC However, Anand still has 6 games to prove his point and he needs to d... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 6

    In chess, like in life, there are common beliefs that are not necessarily true or based on solid evidence but nevertheless survive the passage of time and continue to be widely accepted as true. Growing up in a "chess country" like Ukraine, I hear... | Read More

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