Ratings on the Rise

Ratings on the Rise

KingsBishop
| 7 days ago

I have been teaching chess to beginners and intermediate players since 1984. I am happy to report that the progress of my students is always consistent with the work and effort they put into it. The following ratings graphs are selected from some ...

Royal Squares and Active Moves

Royal Squares and Active Moves

KingsBishop
| 12 days ago

The following position was reached in a recent game by NostraPawnus, one of my students: When your opponent's King is exposed, you should have an inner sense that alerts you to the possibility that checkmate is nigh at hand. This is especiall...

Another Amazing Position From a Student Game

Another Amazing Position From a Student Game

KingsBishop
| Feb 4, 2021

This position was reached in the game countdigi vs joncashministries7; played 1/29/2021 with a 15/10 time control. on Move 11 Black played Bb7 and White responded with 12. e5. This is a SEEMINGLY good move as it creates a fork on the Black Bishop ...

What are the odds?

What are the odds?

KingsBishop
| Feb 3, 2021

Amazing but true... Exactly one day after posting a beautiful position reached during the analysis of a student's game, I reached an almost identical position in tonight's tournament:

A Position that MUST be shared

A Position that MUST be shared

KingsBishop
| Feb 2, 2021

I came across this game played by one of my students recently. One of the challenges of being a chess coach is that you must often deal with missed opportunities on the part of your students. in this game, CT43  did a great job activating his...

Old School Puzzles #1

Old School Puzzles #1

KingsBishop
| Oct 15, 2020

It is always fun to dig out those old Magazines. In 1933, Isaac Kashdan, in partnership with Al Horowitz, founded Chess Review, a magazine that was purchased by the United States Chess Federation in 1969. The following Puzzle, borro...

Happy Birthday Harry Schüssler

Happy Birthday Harry Schüssler

KingsBishop
| Jun 24, 2020

Five Grandmasters were born "Today in Chess History." Harry Schüssler of Sweden, born 1957. GM 1988. Ian Rogers of Australia, born 1960, GM 1985. Boris Gelfand of Israel, born 1968, GM 1989. Juan Carlos Gonzales Zamora of Mexico, born ...

Happy Birthday Vitali Golod

Happy Birthday Vitali Golod

KingsBishop
| Jun 23, 2020

"Today in Chess History" five Grandmasters were born: Sergey N Arkhipov of Russia, born 6/23/1954, GM 1991. Ramon Mateo of the Dominican Republic, born 1958, GM 2008. Vitali Golod of Israel, born 1971, GM 1996. Oliver Mihok of Hungary, born...

Remembering Gyula Sax

Remembering Gyula Sax

KingsBishop
| Jun 18, 2020

"Today in Chess History" has seen the births of five Grandmasters: Gyula Sax of Hungary was born on 6/18/1951, became a GM in 1974 and passed away on 1/25/2014. Arsen Yegiazarian of Armenia was born in 1970, and became a GM in 2000. Laurent ...

Happy Birthday Mikhail Tseitlin

Happy Birthday Mikhail Tseitlin

KingsBishop
| Jun 16, 2020

Mikhail Semyonovich Tseitlin is one of two Grandmasters who was born "Today in Chess History." (The other is Vitaly Kiselev of Russia who was born in 1988 and became a GM in 2007). Tseitlin  was born in 1947 in Babruysk (a city in the Mo...

Remembering Alexander Zaitsev

Remembering Alexander Zaitsev

KingsBishop
| Jun 15, 2020

We have four Grandmasters who were born "Today in Chess History:" Alexander Zaitsev of the Soviet Union, born 1935, GM 1967, died 1971. Alexander Fominyh of Russia, born 1959, GM 1994. Miroslav Tosic of Serbia, born 1960, GM 1998. Alexander...

Happy Birthday Ivan Sokolov

Happy Birthday Ivan Sokolov

KingsBishop
| Jun 13, 2020

"Today in Chess History" recognizes the births of seven Grandmasters: Levente Lengyel of Hungary, whom we featured last year on the "Today's Grandmaster" live stream at twitch.tv/kingsbischop. He was born 6/13/1933; became a GM in 1964; and pa...

Happy Birthday Dimitrios Mastrovasilis

Happy Birthday Dimitrios Mastrovasilis

KingsBishop
| Jun 12, 2020

We have three Grandmasters who were born "Today in Chess History:" Dimitrios Mastrovasilis of Greece born 1983, GM 2004. Daniel Forcén Esteban of Spain, born 1994, GM 2016. Denis Kadrić of  Bosnia and Herzegovina, born 1995, GM 2...

Happy Birthday Zhou Jianchao

Happy Birthday Zhou Jianchao

KingsBishop
| Jun 11, 2020

"Today in Chess History," June 11th, celebrates the births of three Grandmasters: Konstantin Chernyshov of Russia, whom we featured last year on "Today's Grandmaster." He was born in 1967 and became a Grandmaster in 2000. Dimitris Anagnostopo...

Remembering Milan Matulović

Remembering Milan Matulović

KingsBishop
| Jun 10, 2020

"Today in Chess History" saw the births of six Grandmasters: Milan Matulović of Serbia, born 1935 GM 1965, died 10/9/2013. Bernal Gonzalez Acosta of Costa Rica, born 1973 GM 2015. Alexey Kislinsky of the Czech Republic, born 1984, GM 2008. ...

Remembering Isaac Boleslavsky

Remembering Isaac Boleslavsky

KingsBishop
| Jun 9, 2020

"Today in Chess History" brings us the birthdays of five grandmasters: Issac Boleslavsky of the Soviet Union, born 1919, GM 1950, Died 2/15/1977. Radoslav Simic of Serbia, born 1948, GM 1984. Attila Grószpéter of Hungary, born ...

Happy Birthday Zurab Sturua

Happy Birthday Zurab Sturua

KingsBishop
| Jun 8, 2020

"Today in Chess History" saw the births of five Grandmasters: Zurab Sturua of Georgia, born 6/8/1959, GM 1991. Kazbek Akbaev of Russia, born 1981, GM 2015. Alexander Moskalenkoof Russia, born 1988, GM 2018. Davit Jojua of Georgia, born 1989...

Happy Birthday Ruslan Pogorelov

Happy Birthday Ruslan Pogorelov

KingsBishop
| Jun 7, 2020

We want to extend our warmest wishes to the five grandmasters who were born "Today in Chess History:" Ruslan Pogorelov of the Ukraine, born 1959, GM 1998. Dharshan Kumaran of England, born 1975, GM 1997. Javier Moreno Carnero of Spain, born ...

Happy Birthday Aleksandr Poluljahov

Happy Birthday Aleksandr Poluljahov

KingsBishop
| Jun 6, 2020

Four Grandmasters were born "Today in Chess History:" Aleksandr Poluljahov of Russia, born 1965, GM 1993. Vladimir Burmakin of Russia, born 1967, GM 1994. (featured last year on "Today's Grandmaster." Josef Klinger of Austria, born 1967, GM ...

Happy Birthday Natalia Zhukova

Happy Birthday Natalia Zhukova

KingsBishop
| Jun 5, 2020

"Today in Chess History" saw the birth of six Grandmasters: Vladimir Lazarev of France was born in 1964 and became a GM in 2000. Csaba Horváth  of Hungary, born 1968, GM 1993. Tigran Nalbandian of Armenia, born 1975, GM 2004. Na...

Happy Birthday Vinay Bhat

Happy Birthday Vinay Bhat

KingsBishop
| Jun 4, 2020

Three Grandmaster were born "Today in Chess History:" Mikheil Mchedlishvili of Georgia, born 1979, GM 2002. Vinay Bhat, of the Untied States, born 1984, GM 2008. Aryan Tari of Norway, born 1999, GM 2016. Bhat first learned to play chess a...

Happy Birthday Jonathan Levitt

Happy Birthday Jonathan Levitt

KingsBishop
| Jun 3, 2020

Six Grandmasters were born "Today in Chess History:" Jonathan Levitt of England, born 1963, GM 1994. Alexandre Sulypa of the Ukraine, born 1972, GM 2000. Alik Gershon of Israel, born 1980, GM 2000. Deepan Chakkravarthy of India, born 1987, ...

Happy Birthday Gata Kamsky

Happy Birthday Gata Kamsky

KingsBishop
| Jun 2, 2020

There are seven Grandmasters that were born "Today in Chess History." István Csom of Hungary, born 1940, GM 1973. Gata Kamsky of the United States, born 1974, GM 1990. Yannick Gozzoli of France, born 1983, GM 2012. Jon Ludvig Hammer ...

Happy Birthday Nigel Short

Happy Birthday Nigel Short

KingsBishop
| Jun 1, 2020

There are Nine Grandmasters who were born on "This Day in Chess History," including one woman: Leonid Shamkovich of the United States, born 1923, GM 1965, died 4/22/2005 Mihai Şubă of Romania, born 1947, GM 1978. Nigel Short of England, born...