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  • WCC day 3

    Hi Chess Fans, The round three game was a very exciting one for all fans - the ups, the downs, the whole game was full of excitement no matter who you were cheering for or even if you were watching the game just for fun :) So.... Let's get right... | Read More

  • Anand-Carlsen

    On Wcc after round 2 the result is 1-1 by 2 draw. First game is ended after 16 and second after 25 move. Why not play Carlsen for win? I think Carlsen's tactic is win at end, not at start. Or he can't win, because he is not better than Anand? Wri... | Read More

  • European Team Chess Championship Round 3

    Hi all, I'm come back. On European Team Chess Championship the 3rd round is ended. The results are here: France-Ukraine 3-1, Czech Republic-Turkey 3½-0½, Romania-Greece 2-2 Armenia-Austria2½-1½, Poland-Azerbaijan 1½-2½ Hungary-Spain3-1, G... | Read More

  • La actividad del rey

    En algunas posiciones de medio juego y finales muchas veces el rey es una pieza que determina el resultado de la lucha. En las últimas semanas he estado enseñando este concepto a mis alumnos y revisamos varias posiciones interesantes de partida... | Read More

  • WCC day 2

    Hey Guys I'm Back as promised Well... Game 2 of the WCC between The Champion - Vishy Anand and The Challenger - Magnus Carlsen was almost as BORING as the first game - draw in a mere 25 moves and even shorter as they ended in an ho... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Queen's Duel

    The pattern that we are going to discuss today is extremely common in the Sicilian Defense (the Dragon variation in particular). Therefore, if you play this opening for either color, you might want to memorize this useful tactical pattern. The r... | Read More

  • WCC day 1

    Hey Chess Fans, I am going to do my best to try to be here every day for the duration of the WCC between Anand and Carlsen to replay the game and tell you guys who has the upper hand due to this game                               ... | Read More

  • Anand-Carlsen

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #15 - The Circle Game

    “Life can be funny,” the Professor began. “There are times when it seems we go round and round, never getting anywhere special.” --- “That sounds very philosophical,” Zephyr offered. “The other day my math teacher mentioned Euclid an... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Nov 8, 2013

    "I don't do better as White than as Black; what is wrong?" On the average, having White against a player of equal value means you should score about 57% of the points (e.g. 40 wins, 34 draws, and 26 losses in 100 games), which translates to about ... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 5

    World Champion Tigran Petrosian is well known for his positional exchange sacrifices. A less known strategic idea that appeared in several of his games is the bishop exchange for the c3 knight in the King's Indian Defense (KID). In the KID, the da... | Read More

  • The Michigan Fall International, Part 1

    For the past few years, since the fall of 2011, I had a really bad period in chess. I was really having trouble concentrating, not enjoying playing chess, and making many blunders. My nerves were shot and I couldn't calculate variations. In a shor... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 3)

    Once again, I would like to thank the readers for their support, interaction and kind comments in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. In this final segment of Great Singapore Swindles, I would like to introduce you to a good friend, International M... | Read More

  • 2 Ns vs 2 Bs

    For more cool articles visit http://stuscorner.wordpress.com This article will help players to understand how to play against two Bs when you have two Ns. Battle of 2 Bs vs 2 Ns doesn’t occur frequently, but if you are fond of, for example, Chi... | Read More

  • How to Train Your Brain!

    I was going to do Part 2 of Target Consciousness, but three reader questions (from Part 1) have convinced me to hold off on Part 2 for next week and instead revisit a painful subject for chess hopefuls.  THREE READER QUESTIONS Mottsauce said: ... | Read More

  • Consequences of a Pawn Push

    Originally written for http://stuscorner.wordpress.com In today’s ( simple ) lesson we will deal with a long-term planning, logical thinking, and understanding. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 ( ... | Read More

  • The Master's Bulletin November 2013

    DOWNLOADS: BULLETIN (PDF)  | PGN (You can find the Master's Bulletin archive here) In the Spotlight An Indian Preview of Anand-Carlsen The upcoming match for the World title between Anand and Carlsen is one of the mos... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 2)

      Hi!  Firstly, thanks for the positive comments on Part 1 of this series. I do hope to continue to have your support. Before I continue showing some more swindles concorted in this part of Asia, I would like to make a distinction between the '... | Read More

  • First Saturday Budapest chess tournaments in November 2013

    Two USA player plays in the First Saturday Budapest November event, IM Troff, Kayden W and FM Sevian Sam. The official website of the tournament is: www.firstsaturday.hu | Read More

  • Review: Magnus Force

    Magnus Carlsen is a phenomenon. He could recently be seen on enormous billboards all over the world posing next to supermodel and Lord of the Rings actress Liv Tyler; he’s been a guest to The Colbert Report; and he has featured on the cover ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Crafty Queen

    The pattern of the Crafty Queen requires Qh3, Ne5 and a bishop on the diagonal b1-h7 (usually Bd3) for White, and the black king should be castled to the kingside. Superficially it looks like the white queen is only looking at a good opportunity t... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 4

    Today we continue our topic of classic heritage in modern play and we'll study one of Capablanca's favorite positional methods - restricting the opponent's bishop. We will analyze only one particular instance of this method, when the bishop is loc... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #14 - The Day After Halloween

    “Did you have a nice Halloween?” the Professor asked both Zephyr and Lucian who, once again, were in class together.  --- Both of the Professor’s prized students nodded in agreement. --- The Professor continued: “I... | Read More

  • Trampas al jugar por internet

    ¿Alguna vez ha jugado una partida rápida siendo derrotado desastrosamente sin darse cuenta cómo ocurrió aquello? Y si a esto le agregamos el hecho de que su rival realiza jugadas perfectas en la apertura llegando hasta la movida quince o veint... | Read More

  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 1)

     Greetings from Singapore! Now, the island I come from isn't exactly well known for chess (prowess) but very often, when FIDE-rated expatriates show up (usually for post-grad studies) in our local tourneys for the first time, they tend to be s... | Read More

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