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    • A Place For Everything

      I have always been better than my rating. That is why I have trouble finding instructive losses. Not more than four months ago, at a rating of 1150, my games were divided into two types: those in which I crushed my opponent, and those in which I... | Read More

    • Lancashire Chess League Round 2

      Hi all, I played in a league game today on Board 4 and played a pretty crappy English - I was unfamiliar with how to deal with the center with an immediate c6 d5 and remained reluctant to transpose to a less familiar d4 opening.  We both made se... | Read More

      • Shi_Tou
      • | Nov 17, 2015
    • Tactics to the rescue

      No matter how bad one plays, no matter how many blunders one makes, a tactical surprise can change everything, and bring lots of chess joy as well. Today I played a game in which I looked at Bxe6 but thought that it was impossible. Later, after t... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Nov 17, 2015
    • So now I'm a chess coach!

      My 9-year-old son has recently become more interested in chess.  When I tried to teach him several years ago, he just wanted to play toy soldiers with the pieces.  But now he wants to play chess.  So we played several games this afternoon, and ... | Read More

      • rkd1
      • | Nov 15, 2015
    • things to consider before making a move

      At my level (currently around 1000 rating), I make a few to several blunders and numerous mistakes & inaccuracies per game according to post-game computer analysis. Maybe I can reduce all that by looking for some or all of the following befor... | Read More

    • Free Game Analysis: Online Battles

      Check out the original post here! For today’s post, I would like to show an online game that shared with me from a young player out of Virginia Beach. If you too would like your game analyzed by me, make sure to send them to chess.summit@gmail... | Read More

    • Sicillian defence vs Italian game

      Sicillian defence vs Italian game what will win? Note: I used chess365 opening explorer for some of the moves This was not a real game and usually black just plays e6 blocking the fried liver so usually the sicillian wins and according to chess... | Read More

    • The Nd5 Sacrifice in the Sicilian

      I actually wanted to share one of my most recent games, that which I won against a 2219. In the opening, I blundered a pawn, and since I knew I would have had bad chances a pawn down, I decided to get compensation otherwise--the Sicilian Knight Sa... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Nov 4, 2015
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    • Spassky - Fischer: The Return Match

      The last chapter of the Krogius book, mostly consisting of quotes from other authors. The Spassky - Fischer series: Part 0: Excerpts from the chapter about Spassky's preparation. Part 1: Pre-match, Spassky waiting for Fischer in Reykjavik. Par... | Read More

    • A game Rich in tactics against something strange...

      The guy blundered a lot, but so that is the name of the game right!  Anyway, the game started out with him doing a tactical error, then later he just blunders a piece, and because of my good placement of pieces I was able to mate him very early. ... | Read More

      • Daybreak57
      • | Oct 27, 2015
    • 24 hours chess

      Today I played in a chess tourney that lasted 24 hours. Time control 3 minutes per game. At the moment I went to sleep I was within the top 50, and after I woke up and continued with the tourney I had to be persistent in playing to go from place 8... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 24, 2015
    • How to mentally visualise any square in terms of its colour and diagonals [PART 1]

      "My blind eyes now see what others cannot, that sometimes the hands of fate must be forced!" ~ Illidan 'Betrayer' Stormrage before playing a forcing move of chess Importance of the ability to visualise board Visualising the board clearly is the ... | Read More

    • Spassky - Fischer: The Match Diary by Nikolai Krogius, part 3

      Part 3, in which Boris falters, and Bobby takes the lead  Previous installments: Part 0, Part 1, Part 2 But now, Bobby asked (or, should I say, demanded) that the third game, scheduled for July 16th, be played in a closed room, without any audi... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Oct 22, 2015
    • Two steps forward and two steps back

      A while back, I wrote a post about how the winner is the player who makes the next to last mistake. This is actually a game that demonstrates that this saying is not always true. In this case, there were many (!) mistakes and blunders. The final b... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 21, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • Middle Game Plans

                   Hello Chess Fans, Most of our games are decided in the middlegame, making it immensely important to understand middlegame positions to create constructive strategies and effective plans.  Here are a few concepts to ke... | Read More

    • Identifying Weak Squares and Creating Static Advantages

      Check out the original post on my blog here! For today’s article, I decided to put a different concept of chess under the microscope – weak squares. In my recent posts and videos, I’ve focused a lot on poor pawn structures and lack of s... | Read More

    • My Midwest Class tourney games

      I played in the 2015 Midwest Class Championships on Oct. 9th-11th. The divisions weren't completely by "class" though. Most players had a choice between two sections to play in. I played "down" into the 1500-1899 division (the other option was 170... | Read More

    • ChessCubeGame:Alanjk-Mrpdor

      An interesting 12 move checkmate Miniature. A Reti turns into a QGA, with London system themes. By move 7 white has a large lead in development. Black then blunders a pawn, and then white lays a trap on move 10. It appears black can win a piece ... | Read More

    • Montana State Championship - Round 2 (Blunders 'R Us)

      I was looking forward to playing Dan in Round 2 because we've been evenly matched for a long time, and I wanted to break through the logjam. Unfortunately, despite my long rest after Round 1 (or maybe because of it?), I missed some obvious moves a... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Oct 12, 2015
    • Patience, my friend. Patience.

      One of my friends once wrote that so long as you don't make tactical blunders in chess, you often win most of your games.  I found this especially true in the 1600-1800 category. When I analysed my games, most of my defeats are down to... | Read More