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The Lonely Bishop Chekmate

The Lonely Bishop Chekmate

GM Gserper 5 hrs ago

In my recent article, "The Lonely Knight Checkmate," I discussed a very uncommon situation where a checkmate is delivered by a knight and the winner has no other pieces on the board besides pawns. Such situations are indeed so rare that all the examples that I used were either composed studies or played by not well-known players. Therefore, when I was preparing the companion article about checkmates delivered by a lonely bishop, I expected even fewer examples available. Indeed, a knight is...

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

Carlsen Still On Top In Paris, Nakamura Close Behind

PeterDoggers 13 hrs ago

Magnus Carlsen still leads the Paris Grand Chess Tour but, with one day to go, Hikaru Nakamura is just one point behind. The American GM was the best blitz player on Saturday, scoring 7/9. Carlsen and Nakamura drew their mutual game today. | Photo: Maria Emelianova. Our interview with Magnus Carlsen after nine rounds of blitz. After a tumultuous evening, when Carlsen's interview with Maurice Ashley was the talk of the town on social media, the tournament saw another little controversy...

I’m Passionate About Squares

I’m Passionate About Squares

IM Silman 3 days ago

Many chess players have a limited understanding of the game. They think it’s all about mating the enemy king. They think it’s all about tactics and attack. They think it’s about creating threats. Of course, all these things are indeed part of chess, but there is so much more. And it’s these “other” things that turn a random “threat and tactics” player into a person who stands above the masses. In this article I’ll discuss the creation of weak...

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter: Should Women's Titles Be Eliminated?

ChessCenter 27 days ago

WFM Alexandra Botez and IM Danny Rensch discuss whether female titles and female-only chess events should exist. Don't miss some spectacular chess moves, all the Speed Champs and Grand Prix news, plus our look ahead to Magnus Carlsen in Norway Chess.

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

Carlsen First At Paris Rapid, Heated In Interview

PeterDoggers 1 day ago

Magnus Carlsen came first in the rapid segment of the Paris Grand Chess Tour. He finished on 14 points, one more than Alexander Grischuk. Hikaru Nakamura is in third place, going into the blitz segment on Saturday and Sunday. Magnus Carlsen, asking Maurice Ashley: "What do you want me to do?"Photo: Lennart Ootes. For the tournament leader, the situation didn't change much: also after three days of play, he is one point ahead of the pack. Whereas Nakamura dropped back somewhat, scoring...

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

Tactics Abound As Russia Leads In World Team Championship

NM SamCopeland 2 days ago

Never question the the home team. After round two in the World Team Championship, Russia trailed China and the Poland by one match point. After round five, they have switched places, leapfrogging China and Poland to lead by one point. With all the key matches between Russia, China, and Poland ahead, all results are still possible. Svidler helmed the Russian team in round three. Photo courtesy of the official site by Anastasia Balakhontseva. Round 3 Russia only won one game in their match against...

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

The Lonely Knight Checkmate

GM Gserper 7 days ago

After my very first lesson at the chess club of the Pioneer Palace, our coach gave us a simple checkmate-in-three-moves puzzle. Immediately our most advanced players started shouting that it is an absolutely impossible task. Some 40 years later I give the same puzzle to my students at our school's chess club and the kids' response is generally the same. If you read my old article, then you might already know what position I am talking about. Can you find the above-mentioned checkmate in three...

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