Winning in Walbrzych

Winning in Walbrzych

GM Illingworth
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Apr 15, 2018

For today's post, I will give you a series of puzzles to solve, and questions to answer! Question 1: Where in the world is Walbrzych? Answer: Walbrzych is a city in south-western Poland. It's also the venue for the European Senior Team C...

Mar del Plata Master - Bobby Fischer

Mar del Plata Master - Bobby Fischer

GM Illingworth
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Apr 13, 2018

As you've probably noticed by now, I like to investigate the games of the leading experts of particular chess themes. Be it Rubinstein's rook endings, Nakamura's Nimzo-Larsen, or, in the case of this post, Bobby Fischer's expert handling of the KI...

Jobava's Four Pawns Attack

Jobava's Four Pawns Attack

GM Illingworth
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Apr 13, 2018

In this post, I'll share a nice game from last decade by Jobava, where he defeats a strong GM with energetic play in the Four Pawns Attack of the King's Indian (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3).  Because of the variation's...

Planning Puzzle

Planning Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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Apr 9, 2018

White (to move) is obviously pressing in the above position, due to Black's multiple pawn islands, but what should his plan be?  White to play. I'll share my analysis of this position 24 hours after the initial posting. In the meantime...

Converting a Material Advantage

Converting a Material Advantage

GM Illingworth
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Apr 8, 2018

This post will be for players relatively new to chess, showing how to convert a material advantage into victory. I hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something useful to apply in your games! Keep in mind that, when you are starting ...

Opposite-Coloured Bishops and Rooks

Opposite-Coloured Bishops and Rooks

GM Illingworth
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Apr 8, 2018

In this blog post, I annotated a game from the Croatian Junior Team Championship, which featured an interesting opposite-coloured bishop endgame with rooks on the board. Such positions can be quite difficult for humans to play and for engines to u...

A Major Success at the 2018 Doeberl Cup

A Major Success at the 2018 Doeberl Cup

GM Illingworth
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Apr 3, 2018

This post is all about the 2018 Doeberl Cup, which was just played over the Easter holidays in Canberra - but my focus won't be on the Premier Division. One player has already shared an introspective of his Premier tournament. Note: You may have a...

A World Champion's Caro-Kann Counter

A World Champion's Caro-Kann Counter

GM Illingworth
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Mar 31, 2018

For today's blog post, I would like to show you how a World Chess Champion defeats the rock-solid Caro-Kann Defence. The opening concept is so easy to understand, it will be sufficient to share two game scores: Now, we can say that the ele...

Burning the Bridges in a Sveshnikov Structure

Burning the Bridges in a Sveshnikov Structure

GM Illingworth
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Mar 23, 2018

In this short post, we'll learn the dangers of the committal ...f4 break in a major line of the Sveshnikov Sicilian. Such moves signal an intent to attack the White king, shifting the play from central pressure to whose flank attack will be faster...

Fast Endgame Technique

Fast Endgame Technique

GM Illingworth
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Mar 19, 2018

What differentiates a 'good' blitz player from a 'great' blitz player? The answer to this question lies in my experience playing online blitz for over a decade ago. Back in 2007, I was rated in the 2800s on the late Internet Chess Club - which e...

How energetic is your Chess?

How energetic is your Chess?

GM Illingworth
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Jan 25, 2018

Do you want to know the key to turning a better position into a win? Essentially, converting an advantage is all about keeping control of the position.  To do that, we need to have the initiative. What is the initiativ...

Do You Have This Problem Too?

Do You Have This Problem Too?

GM Illingworth
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Nov 29, 2017

Do you find it difficult to use the range of chess resources effectively? Are you lost and confused for where to begin your chess training?  On Friday 1st December, I (GM Max Illingworth) will be presenting a free webinar on How to ...

My New Project - Chess Learning for All

My New Project - Chess Learning for All

GM Illingworth
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Nov 12, 2017

Hello chess friends, For many years now, as a professional chess coach and writer, I have been thinking about how to help others improve their chess (including their chess performance) as much as possible.  To make chess learning from ...

Quick Puzzles

Quick Puzzles

GM Illingworth
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Sep 25, 2017

Hello readers, here are a few quick puzzles, starting with a recent super-GM game. It is White to play in the position below: Below is a mini-study I constructed just now. White to play and win. As a bonus, I present a compos...

Students' Successes Across Australia

Students' Successes Across Australia

GM Illingworth
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Jun 13, 2016

It's been a fabulous long weekend for me in Australia.    No, not because of my equal first place at the NSW Open - although that was also a very satisfying result for me! True, most of my games were against much lower-rated players, but this ca...

A Club Player's Life

A Club Player's Life

GM Illingworth
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May 2, 2016

For this blog post, I would like to share with you some games featuring club players. Through these games, we can learn about some typical mistakes at the amateur level, how to punish them and how to avoid them. Furthermore, when we are trying to...

EuroTrip - Early May Edition

EuroTrip - Early May Edition

GM Illingworth
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May 2, 2016

This month has come to an exciting start with several strong tournaments either kicking off or winding up in the last few days! If you liked the 2004 film 'EuroTrip', you will love going around and enjoying the highlights in this post :) Now we k...

Capablanca's Rule

Capablanca's Rule

GM Illingworth
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Apr 28, 2016

I'd always assumed that Capablanca's rule was nearly as well-known as how the bishop moves, but after playing through a game from the German Bundesliga, it occurred to me that good old Capablanca's pearls of wisdom could be like the Orthodox Queen...

A Sour Central Break

A Sour Central Break

GM Illingworth
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Apr 28, 2016

After a long hiatus in blogging, I am back with an interesting concept to share with you - namely, when the central pawn break goes wrong! But before I delve into this, I'd like to share with you a position from my coaching files - one I must hav...

Play the Flag, not the Board (Part I)

Play the Flag, not the Board (Part I)

GM Illingworth
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Oct 12, 2015

Of all the things one can discuss in chess, players (especially club players) tend to be most attached to the concept of their 'chess style'. Early on in your chess career you surely heard Player A say that Player B 'is a good positional player' o...

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