Movies and TV: Chess Scenes That Mattered Part 1

Movies and TV: Chess Scenes That Mattered Part 1

IM DanielRensch
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May 4, 2020

Hey Everyone! Recently my team and I worked on a project to review (and gave real-time reactions to) a bunch of different "chess scenes" from film and television. While preparing the chess diagrams to accompany the movie scenes, we realized that...

Greatest Bishop Endgame Ever!?

Greatest Bishop Endgame Ever!?

IM DanielRensch
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Apr 7, 2020

Recently, like many chess fans, I observed a mind-blowing endgame between Stockfish and Komodo from the Computer Chess Championship! I spent a day (not kidding) analyzing the position, only to realize I know nothing about chess! Enjoy! Oh ...

Best Chess Of 2019: Top 5 Game Reviews

Best Chess Of 2019: Top 5 Game Reviews

IM DanielRensch
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Jan 13, 2020

Hey all! This blog will have the "behind the scenes" analysis of each game from my Top 5 Chess Games of 2019 video series. Premium members, check out the videos! Enjoy the breakdowns of each game and leave a comment if you learned something.&nbs...

Isle of Man Round 9: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

Isle of Man Round 9: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

IM DanielRensch
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Oct 20, 2019

More fun from Round 9 at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss.  The game that took most of my time was, unfortunately, more bad luck for my buddy Eric Hansen. Opening preparation has been his Achilles this event, and his own PRO Chess League team...

Craziness in Round 8: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

Craziness in Round 8: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

IM DanielRensch
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Oct 18, 2019

In Round 8 at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss we had just about everything! To start, the main topic of the round was that we had two players "copying" each other, one removed from the playing hall, and all four players involved playing terrible ch...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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Oct 13, 2019

Another day NOT on the Isle  has me doing a few quick video lessons, highlighting some of the fun, educational takeaways from Round 2 of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss.  Hope you enjoy the written notes to go along with the videos... ...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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Oct 11, 2019

Each day, I'll be recording a few videos designed to bring you some educational, entertaining insight into a few games or key moments that didn't get as much love as they deserve from the main broadcast. Below is my analysis and videos from Round ...

Best Games of FIDE World Cup Round 2.1

Best Games of FIDE World Cup Round 2.1

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 17, 2019

As promised, I'm continuing to offer my notes and analysis as I prepare videos for our YouTube and Twitch channels during the 2019 FIDE World Cup. In Round 2 we, once again, saw fighting chess (the kind only a knockout event with stakes like the W...

FIDE World Cup Round 1.2: My Favorite Games!

FIDE World Cup Round 1.2: My Favorite Games!

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 11, 2019

Round 1.2 (or is it 1 and 1/2? Who knows! ) of the 2019 FIDE World Cup brought the thrills, the chills and a couple of guys with some mad skills! Grandmasters Parham Maghsoodloo and Peter Svidler played chess to impress in Khanty-Mansiysk on Septe...

Denver Open Round 2 vs Rose Atwell

Denver Open Round 2 vs Rose Atwell

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 9, 2019

Hey Everyone! Back at it again with the White Vans... and blog!   I'm currently doing a streaming / youtube series on my games from the 2019 Denver Open. If you missed the memo, I somehow, I finished that event with a perfect 4-0 score (o...

History Of Computer Chess: Video 1

History Of Computer Chess: Video 1

IM DanielRensch
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Sep 6, 2019

Hey everyone,  In my first video of a new series we're doing—an educational, historical retelling of the "rise of the machines" —I analyzed the final game of the match between Ostrick and Kaissa. You can view the video righ...

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

IM DanielRensch
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May 23, 2019

First, I must acknowledge a delay in telling this important story, and attempt to proactively answer your questions of "why wait to tell us this," before you start reading. What I'm about to share truly is upsetting. It hurts not just for t...

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