Overcoming Challenges - Part 3

Overcoming Challenges - Part 3

GM Illingworth
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Apr 11, 2019

You may be wondering: what was the inspiration behind last week's post?  Well, I noticed a common pattern among my student's questions - which, by the way, were among the best I've been asked in my 15+ years teaching chess! Namely, sever...

Overcoming Challenges - Part 2

Overcoming Challenges - Part 2

GM Illingworth
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Apr 3, 2019

This blog post is a continuation of a series - you can find Part 1 here if you missed it!  Through my adult life, I had difficulty projecting my voice properly. In fact, I wasn't even really aware of this until last year, when vario...

Overcoming Challenges - Part 1

Overcoming Challenges - Part 1

GM Illingworth
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Mar 28, 2019

What do all highly successful people have in common? Garry Kasparov Many people much more experienced than myself have already attempted to answer this question, but the way I see it, the one commonality all highly successful people have is...

Annotated Game Feedback

Annotated Game Feedback

GM Illingworth
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Mar 6, 2019

For today's post, I will be giving my thoughts on a game that someone sent to me for possible feedback. I hope that you will find my comments and insights useful!  Before we get to the game, here is a relevant puzzle:  W...

Practicing our English

Practicing our English

GM Illingworth
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Mar 5, 2019

For today's blog post, I will address a very good question that was recently asked by one of my students! The question was:  Is the English an opening you can play without having to put too much work into it?  What do you guys...

Annotated Game Feedback - And The Winner Is...

Annotated Game Feedback - And The Winner Is...

GM Illingworth
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Mar 4, 2019

...Zeitnot17! But don't worry guys - I have another one of your games ready to give my feedback on tomorrow! I won't be able to analyse everyone's game, of course, but if I thought your game was particularly interesting, or fits well into a them...

Submit Your Annotated Game!

Submit Your Annotated Game!

GM Illingworth
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Mar 3, 2019

Hello chess friends! For this blog post, I would like to try something a bit different, and see what you all think! As you probably know, I spend nearly all my time each day on helping others improve their chess in some way. I coach my numerou...

Don't Underestimate the Old Guard!

Don't Underestimate the Old Guard!

GM Illingworth
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Mar 2, 2019

Nowadays, the main talk in the chess community is often about the latest young talent...for example: Which one is the most promising? Who will become the next World Champion?  Personally, I think it's wonderful t...

Perfect Defense

Perfect Defense

GM Illingworth
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Mar 1, 2019

For today's post, I'll share with you part of a really crazy game I analyzed from the Aeroflot Open! Black is up a lot of material in today's puzzle, but must find a lot of accurate moves to fend off the attack, consolidate the material advantage ...

Getting Hooked

Getting Hooked

GM Illingworth
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Feb 27, 2019

How do you attack the opponent's king? 'You throw Harry the h-pawn down the board, sack some pieces, rush the queen in, and the mate will be there...' If only such dreams were that easy to realise! Fortunately, there are clear principl...

Middlegame Puzzle

Middlegame Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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Feb 26, 2019

If your opponent gave you an inch, would you take a mile?  I have been crazy busy lately, so today's blog post will again be quite short! Your homework for today is to come up with a good plan for White in the following position: Wh...

Carlsen-Svidler, The Puzzle Set

Carlsen-Svidler, The Puzzle Set

GM Illingworth
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Feb 24, 2019

For this post, I've included a nice set of puzzles from games I have recently analyzed! Enjoy! Later in the same game... Now for another example from the same Svidler-Carlsen match:   And from a variation to the third g...

Symmetrical but Not Simple

Symmetrical but Not Simple

GM Illingworth
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Feb 23, 2019

This blog post will also be quite short, as I am about to check out of my hotel room! I recently analysed an interesting GM game for my private students, and I'd like to share a couple of the lessons with you here. Let's start from the followi...

Announcing my Retirement from Competitive Chess

Announcing my Retirement from Competitive Chess

GM Illingworth
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Feb 22, 2019

Hello chess friends, I've been playing chess for two decades now, and I'd like to announce my retirement from classical tournaments (with the exception of the forthcoming 2019 FIDE World Cup, which I just qualified for).  Some of you may ...

Endgame Domination Puzzle

Endgame Domination Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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Feb 22, 2019

I have been pretty busy tonight, so today's blog post will be a short one! One of the themes I find really beautiful in chess is domination - namely, seeing a small unit dominate an equivalent or higher-value force. You can find many exa...

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

GM Illingworth
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Feb 21, 2019

Earlier today, as I was playing my Round 6 game at the Oceania Zonal, I was sitting beside a game between two strong club players (rated in the 1900-2100 range), watching events unfold with interest. The game started as follows: At this ...

Great Grunfeld Endgame

Great Grunfeld Endgame

GM Illingworth
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Feb 20, 2019

In this post, I will show some interesting tactics and ideas from a Grunfeld endgame that was played in the 2017 World Rapid Championship! Rather than present one really long game annotation, as I've done in previous posts, I have broken this on...

Reviewing Round 1 Aeroflot Openings

Reviewing Round 1 Aeroflot Openings

GM Illingworth
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Feb 19, 2019

For today's blog post, I will do something a bit different, and try to explain the opening choice of Wei Yi in his first round of an open tournament (played live at the time of writing). Well, this is from Round 1 of the 2019 Aeroflot Open...so he...

When They're About to Castle...

When They're About to Castle...

GM Illingworth
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Feb 18, 2019

...play the best move! On a more concrete note, here's my puzzle for today! It is White to move in the position below: I'll post the solution in the comments in about 24 hours, good luck!  If you're finding this puzzle difficult, f...

Blunder or Brilliancy? A Tata Steel Story

Blunder or Brilliancy? A Tata Steel Story

GM Illingworth
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Feb 16, 2019

Have you ever blundered in a chess game...only to find out later that your 'blunder' was a great move? You are not the only one...even World Champions do that sometimes! 'But hang on, it's not really a "blunder" if ...

Why Did He Resign?

Why Did He Resign?

GM Illingworth
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Feb 15, 2019

When we're going through games, especially at a fairly fast pace, we'll often see the game come to a sudden end and ask, 'why did they resign?' Often the answer is quite obvious after looking for a few seconds, but sometimes, the reason requires...

Capablanca's Copycat Game in the Four Knights

Capablanca's Copycat Game in the Four Knights

GM Illingworth
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Feb 14, 2019

This post is all about Capablanca's famous 'Copycat' game, which many of my students have shared with me over the years. So, I have included my own notes...but first, try and find all of Capablanca's moves yourself! Now, for the game with my...

The Tension Question

The Tension Question

GM Illingworth
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Feb 13, 2019

How should you deal with piece tension in a position?  My recent blitz game on Chess.com covers this subject quite concisely. It started as follows: White's last move (8.Qe2) is a good example of prophylaxis - stopping ...Ba6 while de...

How to Beat Automatic Play

How to Beat Automatic Play

GM Illingworth
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Feb 12, 2019

What exactly is 'automatic' play in chess? It's when you play the first move that seems natural in a position, without calculating the consequences deeply. It very much resembles the thinking seen in blitz chess and could also be called 'lazy th...

Quick Puzzle

Quick Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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Feb 11, 2019

White to play in this position! How should he proceed? I hope you enjoyed the puzzle! See you soon with another post!

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