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    • Grab the Pillow

      Smother mate will end this game, but Black saw it coming and gracefully resigned. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Aug 5, 2014
      • | 238 views
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    • Working through McDonnell

      After comments made by IM Jeremy Silman in January, I have grown more serious about looking through all of the games of a certain player. I started with Rezso Charousek (see "Redeployment"), ripping through all of his games (~180) in one week, the... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 11, 2014
      • | 314 views
      • | 2 comments
    • A Knight Problem

      A knight standing on a center square (e4, e5, d4, d5) has eight different squares it can move to in one move. How many can it reach on the second move? | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Mar 26, 2014
      • | 518 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Collyer Memorial

      I took care of business in the first two rounds of the Collyer Memorial today, beating both 1400ish opponents. Tomorrow, I'll be paired against tougher opponents. My first round opponent was a local player I've only previously played when I did a... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Feb 22, 2014
      • | 460 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Chess on the iPhone

      The Chess.com app remains my top choice for playing correspondence chess on the iPhone. Nonetheless, there are a growing number of choices, and several others are worth consideration. See my entire, detailed review on my Chess Skills blog: http:... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Aug 6, 2013
      • | 761 views
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    • Opposition and Outflanking

      Knowing how to gain and keep the opposition is essential in pawn endgames. But, the opposition is not an end in and of itself. Opposition is useful only when it leads to an outflanking maneuver. Sometimes the outflanking comes first, leads to gain... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Mar 12, 2012
      • | 2416 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Children of Informant

      Garry Kasparov said that today's chess players are all children of Chess Informant. This morning I posted "Reading Annotations" on my Chess Skills blog. Therein, I discuss some of my thought processes and research methods in a game that I won than... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Oct 29, 2011
      • | 904 views
      • | 1 comment
    • PeeWee soccer is not the World Cup

      Social Chess is a vastly overrated chess app for iPads/iPhones. It is rated five stars by users who compare it to Chess with Friends, but who seem wholly ignorant of Chess.com and its standard setting chess app. I wrote a review of Social Chess o... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Oct 28, 2011
      • | 1145 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Nutty Play

      I scored a win in a minature this afternoon. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Oct 1, 2011
      • | 661 views
      • | 2 comments
    • The Active Rook

      Paul Keres created a favorable endgame that he could win against Vasily Smyslov. See my discussion athttp://chessskill.blogspot.com/2011/04/active-rook.html Replay the game here. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Apr 27, 2011
      • | 991 views
      • | 3 comments