Why Chess Is A Sport

Why Chess Is A Sport

GM Illingworth
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9 days ago

Why is it that chess is officially recognized as a sport? Sport is defined as follows by Oxford Languages: An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another and others for entertainment...

James Bond - From Russia With Love (1963)

James Bond - From Russia With Love (1963)

GM Illingworth
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11 days ago

Who remembers that in the 1963 James Bond film 'From Russia with Love', a chess game was played? As a big movie fan, I'm sharing the full story behind the game played in the movie, between the fictional characters Kronsteen (a Czechoslovakian...

Tiger's Epic King March!

Tiger's Epic King March!

GM Illingworth
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24 days ago

What is the most spectacular king march ever played in a Chess Olympiad? Many of you are probably already familiar with the concept of the incredible king march in a middlegame full of pieces. It is very rare for this to be successful in prac...

How to Find A Good Plan

How to Find A Good Plan

GM Illingworth
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27 days ago

What should you do when you don't know what to do? Many of you shared that you struggle to find a good plan in the middlegame or endgame.Therefore, I will give you a simple blueprint today, that you can learn in 3 minutes. Namely: ...

12 Year Old Checkmates Grandmaster in 12 Moves!

12 Year Old Checkmates Grandmaster in 12 Moves!

GM Illingworth
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29 days ago

How could a 12 year old FM checkmate a GM in just 12 moves?The short answer is that it was a blitz game, and the FM caught the GM in an opening trap! I prepared a special video for you, so that you can see and understand the trap (and how to ...

How I Became the Australian Champion...

How I Became the Australian Champion...

GM Illingworth
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Jul 10, 2020

How did I win my last round game in the 2018 Australian Championship, and thereby become the Champion? It's a long story, but the short answer is that a key piece of knowledge I had - that my opponent didn't - allowed me to get a winning position...

I Will DESTROY Your Chess Mindset

I Will DESTROY Your Chess Mindset

GM Illingworth
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Jul 8, 2020

I will DESTROY your chess mindset.  It's not because I want to. It's because you NEED to evolve your chess mindset, if you want to become a chess master or chess champion one day.If it's not an absolute necessity for you to improv...

Epic Knight Underpromotion! (Endgame Study)

Epic Knight Underpromotion! (Endgame Study)

GM Illingworth
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Jul 5, 2020

Can you crack this monster of an endgame study by Y. Bazlov, released in 2015?It's a path that many a brave Knight has travelled...but very few have lived to tell the tale of their encounter with the mysterious monster...known as this endgame stud...

The 3 Key Qualities of Grandmasters

The 3 Key Qualities of Grandmasters

GM Illingworth
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Jul 2, 2020

'How do I become a Grandmaster?' That's a common question in the chess circles, right? Well, the more common phrasing of the question is 'How did you become a chess Grandmaster?'. But many of us (including myself, in the past) asked this questio...

SHOCKING Queen Sack On Move 8!

SHOCKING Queen Sack On Move 8!

GM Illingworth
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Jun 30, 2020

I haven't seen anything like this in a chess game...How could a future Blitz World Champion, and the world's youngest GM of all time, Sergey Karjakin, lose a game in only 10 moves?Even in a blitz game, that's something that 'should' never happen, ...

STOP Looking At Chess Games Like This

STOP Looking At Chess Games Like This

GM Illingworth
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Jun 28, 2020

Earlier this month, I played in a Grandmaster blitz tournament called the 'June Solstice Blitz Down Under'. You want to see the games? Sure, here are the two I will analyze for you today: Here's the mistake I see so many chess pla...

How To Target Weaknesses

How To Target Weaknesses

GM Illingworth
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Jun 23, 2020

What do you think Karpov, playing White, went for in the position above?  I was initially going to save this lesson for my group chess training that I'll be launching in the next ...

My Favourite Opening Trap

My Favourite Opening Trap

GM Illingworth
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Jun 15, 2020

I'm sure you'd love to see a very sneaky opening trap, right? Well, when I was recording an upcoming video course, I remembered a trap I had created in 2007. It was very crafty, because it's a move that looked like it fell into a tactic ...

How Carlsen Crushed a GM with the Scandinavian!

How Carlsen Crushed a GM with the Scandinavian!

GM Illingworth
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Jun 13, 2020

How did the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, smash a fellow Grandmaster with the Scandinavian, getting a completely winning position by move 10?  I show you how he did it in my latest Grandmaster video lesson, walking you through the game.&nb...

How Karpov Won With The Scandinavian!

How Karpov Won With The Scandinavian!

GM Illingworth
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Jun 10, 2020

Why is the Scandinavian is so easy to learn and master, and so effective against amateurs and masters? There are four key reasons: 1. You virtually force a specific pawn structure in the Scandinavian. This means that you only need to master ...

Overcoming 17 Years of Suffering...

Overcoming 17 Years of Suffering...

GM Illingworth
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Jun 7, 2020

What's the most annoying opening that your opponent can play against your repertoire, with either colour?When I was a junior, it was definitely the Rossolimo (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5). You see, I had some great books on the Sveshnikov Sicilia...

How Caruana Crushed Giri in the e3 English

How Caruana Crushed Giri in the e3 English

GM Illingworth
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May 15, 2020

How do you win in just 24 moves against another top Grandmaster?In this game, Caruana followed a 'suffocation' strategy of grabbing as much space as possible with a strategically ambitious opening approach. When Giri failed to generate enough coun...

Would You Take The Draw?

Would You Take The Draw?

GM Illingworth
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May 12, 2020

Black to move. Would you take the draw or play on here? This position comes from a game between Qi Jingxuan and English GM Tony Miles. Black is down the equivalent of a rook (as the kn...

How To Weaken The Opponent's Position

How To Weaken The Opponent's Position

GM Illingworth
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May 10, 2020

Welcome back chess friends!For today's post, here is a short Youtube video, where I show you how to provoke and then exploit weaknesses in the opponent's position!Feel free to pause the video at key points and try to figure out the best moves for ...

A Simple Caro-Kann Opening Trap

A Simple Caro-Kann Opening Trap

GM Illingworth
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May 7, 2020

Hello chess family,For today's post, you'll learn how to deal with a common club player mistake in the Caro-Kann! It's all covered in my short video below, where White wins in just 16 moves!I hope you enjoyed this mini-lesson! See you in...

Can You Solve This Endgame Study?

Can You Solve This Endgame Study?

GM Illingworth
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May 4, 2020

Wotawa, Deutsche Schachzeitung 1967. White to play and draw! Now we have a long space so that you aren't accidentally 'spoiled' by the solution below! (Note: I deliberately didn't...

Who Influenced Me The Most?

Who Influenced Me The Most?

GM Illingworth
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Apr 26, 2020

This post takes my answers to some interesting questions that my friend Brendan Norman recently asked me on my Facebook profile. Also, with 16 Chess.com posts in the last 48 hours, it's not like many people will read this anyway, so a fast post is...

Roasting the Portuguese Scandinavian

Roasting the Portuguese Scandinavian

GM Illingworth
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Apr 23, 2020

It's hard to soundly attack White's position from the start in reply to 1.e4. But it doesn't stop many intermediate players from trying! So, we should be ready for these aggressive attempts by Black to take the initiative.  T...