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  • Chess.com Player Profiles: GM gmfinegold

    "GM Ben Finegold is really a comedian at heart; the problem is that most of the funny stuff he says can't be ON the record for obvious reasons... So I would say Ben is even funnier than most people know", says IM Daniel Rensch. Ben Finegold w... | Read More

  • What Now

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

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #19 - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

    “I’m glad to see you’re both here in class together,” ProfessorPando said to Zephyr and Lucian.  --- “Also, I want to tell you what I saw the other night at the chess club,” the Professor went on. “Although I don’t want to admit i... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, End

    We will wrap-up this series about heritage in modern play by looking at one more position with a typical pawn structure. This position can arise from many different Queen's Gambit openings after massive pawn exchanges in the center where both side... | Read More

  • The Lethargic Bishop

    Good players don't see the chess pieces as just bits of wood or plastic. They see them as bundles of energy. A piece gathers more energy from its surroundings, from the structure of the position. In the past few weeks I have shown some examples ... | Read More

  • Insane, Surprising, or Beautiful Finishes, Part 2

    In last week’s article about insane, surprising, or beautiful finishes, I showed a horror story of a game by Irina Krush where she overlooked a mate in one (while three pawns ahead in an endgame), which cost her the World Championship for girls ... | Read More

  • The Famous Warsaw Café of Kiev

         In its day, in its particular place, in its brief moment in time,  the Warsaw Café was a well-known establishment in Kiev.  Even the building itself couldn't endure the ravages of war and the reputation of the Warsaw Café has lon... | Read More

  • 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

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