The Perpetual Chess Podcast by NM Ben Johnson

The Perpetual Chess Podcast by NM Ben Johnson

NM HanSchut
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Jun 25, 2019

Many of us spend time every day commuting to work.  Content creators like The New York Times, National Public Radio and Bloomberg have created digital recordings of their content, called podcasts, that can be downloaded or streamed any t...

Review: 100 Endgames You Must Know WORKBOOK

Review: 100 Endgames You Must Know WORKBOOK

NM HanSchut
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May 31, 2019

The book 100 Endgames You must Know by GM Jesus de la Villa was originally published in 2008. The book quickly became an international bestseller and an updated fourth edition was published in 2015. In 2017 it was converted into a course on Chessa...

Irish Open: a cheater caught and an agonizing loss

Irish Open: a cheater caught and an agonizing loss

NM HanSchut
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May 27, 2019

The Irish International Open 2019 was held in Dublin from April 17 to April 22. Almost 100 players participated in this 9 round Swiss event including 8 GMs  After 5 rounds, Asyraf Khairil Annuar Muhammad Khairil (FIDE rating 1522) was taken...

Adult Improvers: Are you mentally ready for battle?

Adult Improvers: Are you mentally ready for battle?

NM HanSchut
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Feb 20, 2019

At the end of January Vladimir Kramnik announced his retirement from chess at the age of 43.  In an interview with Marina and Sergey Makarychev he stated the following: “I felt I could no longer give my all. I still, as before, have a r...

Book review: Game Changer - my Book Of The Year!

Book review: Game Changer - my Book Of The Year!

NM HanSchut
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Feb 13, 2019

At the end of January New In Chess published the long-awaited book Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan. In the book the authors explain the science behind AlphaZero through interviews with the developers of AlphaZero at Google Deepmin...

How To Excel In Blitz Chess: The Magnus Carlsen Way

How To Excel In Blitz Chess: The Magnus Carlsen Way

NM HanSchut
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Jan 17, 2019

This article will you give some advice on how to excel in blitz.  Blitz specialist GM Maxim Dlugy published an article series in New In Chess Magazine called the Blitz Whisperer and my recommendations are based on his articles, an analysis of...

For Teachers: Chessify Diagram Scanner

For Teachers: Chessify Diagram Scanner

NM HanSchut
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Jan 9, 2019

As an online coach I primarily use Chess Steps, ChessBase, chess.com and Chessable for teaching my students. Recently I discovered a number of new chess tools that might also be interesting for other chess teachers. The first is Chessify (Youtube ...

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

NM HanSchut
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Dec 10, 2018

At the beginning of December Stockfish 10 was released. Stockfish has won the last three unofficial world championships for chess engines (TCEC) and confirmed its dominant position by also winning the chess engine tournament at chess.com recently....

Knock-knock, who’s there? A tactic in the position!

Knock-knock, who’s there? A tactic in the position!

NM HanSchut
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Nov 14, 2018

Players are often much better in solving tactical exercises than in finding tactical solutions in their own games when playing over the board. When you are looking for candidate moves in a real game, you do not know if there is a tactic in the pos...

Chessable, a chess learning platform on the rise

Chessable, a chess learning platform on the rise

NM HanSchut
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Sep 23, 2018

About 2 months ago I had prepared a lesson for my 8-year-old student about pawn endings (key squares and opposition). To my surprise the 8-year-old was able to solve every endgame I presented to him perfectly and immediately. I was intrigued and a...

Carlsen best player over 2018, Ding rising star

Carlsen best player over 2018, Ding rising star

NM HanSchut
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Aug 29, 2018

With a performance rating of 2846 Magnus Carlsen had the highest performance rating over the first 8 months of 2018 of all the top players. Carlsen outperformed the rising star Ding Liren by just 2 rating points. This month Ding Liren beat Veselin...

'This should be winning.' But how?

'This should be winning.' But how?

NM HanSchut
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Aug 17, 2018

In the seventh round of the Biel Chess Festival Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and David Navarra played a very interesting rook endgame. The commentators GM Daniel King and IM Anna Rudolf stated that ‘It should be winning for White’ but did not...

Magnus' unfinished masterpiece

Magnus' unfinished masterpiece

NM HanSchut
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Jul 26, 2018

On Tuesday, Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler played a fascinating game in Biel. No dull Berlin Wall or Quiet Italian but a very sharp Bg5-Najdorf with mutiple piece sacrifices. Carlsen brilliantly sacrificed two pieces to attack Svidler’s ki...

Giri outperforms Carlsen in first half 2018 by a hair

Giri outperforms Carlsen in first half 2018 by a hair

NM HanSchut
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Jun 30, 2018

With a performance rating of 2855 over the first six months of 2018, Anish Giri inched out Magnus Carlsen (2853). Both Carlsen and Giri started the year off with a strong performance at the Tata chess tournament, where both scored +5. Crucial game...

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