Norway Chess R9: Bring the big guys in!

Norway Chess R9: Bring the big guys in!

Erle
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Jun 17, 2017

Your king is your most important piece. If it gets check mated, you lose - no matter how strong your position might be. Therefor, the general rule is to keep it safe, hide it, put it behind a wall of pawns, and watch over it as it was your own kid...

Norway Chess R8: To exchange, or not to exchange?

Norway Chess R8: To exchange, or not to exchange?

Erle
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Jun 16, 2017

Chess is a brutal game. After hours of struggling, clever thought and great moves it all often comes down to one critical moment, where the decision you make will determine whether your previous hard work will pay off, or go to waste.  One ...

Norway Chess R5: Opening principles

Norway Chess R5: Opening principles

Erle
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Jun 12, 2017

If you blinked around 3pm CET yesterday, you probably missed the twenty first moves of Vachier-Lagrave - Nakamura. From pure memory and after some ten minutes, the grandmasters had shown off and played out their opening preparations, achieved a pl...

Norway Chess R4: Sergey's sneaky stalemate

Norway Chess R4: Sergey's sneaky stalemate

Erle
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Jun 11, 2017

Round four of Altibox Norway Chess 2017 is said to be the most exciting round of chess seen in a very long time. It had everything: Chaos on all boards, a world champion veritably outplayed, a Levon Aronian on fire, Anish Giri taking a victory hom...

Norway Chess R3: Going natural

Norway Chess R3: Going natural

Erle
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Jun 9, 2017

Have you ever tried to guess the moves of top players during their games? I know I have, and as the time has gone by - I've seen a pattern: There are very little hocus pocus! It tend to seem that like as long as you manage to guess the natural mov...

Norway Chess R2: Picking pawn-problems apart

Norway Chess R2: Picking pawn-problems apart

Erle
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Jun 8, 2017

The second round of the Altibox Norway Chess had the potential to turn out far more bloody than it eventually did. Kramnik, Giri and Aronian were all fighting for a win, and even though the Russian was the only one to take home the whole point - t...

Norway Chess R1: Collecting points with basic skills

Norway Chess R1: Collecting points with basic skills

Erle
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Jun 7, 2017

The games in Altibox Norway Chess' first round were both solid and good - and thus: Very instructive. As the Sofia-rules applies for this tournament, all games were played out before hands were shaken, and we got the chance to see the worlds...

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