Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Huebner, 1982

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Huebner, 1982

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2 days ago

Anatoly Karpov rarely entered full-on "Tal-mode," but in this magnificent attack against the German grandmaster, Robert Huebner, he does just that! An extremely speculative bishop sacrifice on g7 leads to extreme pressure, but accurate and creativ...

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Korchnoi, 1978

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Korchnoi, 1978

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10 days ago

There's a certain additional thrill and electricity in games from the world chess championship. With tensions high, two magnificent players at the height of their game battle for a month, trying to break their opponent's sturdy defenses. Tension...

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Sax, 1983

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Sax, 1983

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19 days ago

Anatoly Karpov rarely played speculative attacking chess, but in this famous brilliancy against Gyula Sax, he ventured the thrilling 18.Rd5!? The ensuring attack is extremely difficult to meet as a relentless Karpov pins down the black king while ...

Chess Masterpieces: Timman vs. Karpov, 1984

Chess Masterpieces: Timman vs. Karpov, 1984

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26 days ago

Anatoly Karpov is one of my favorite chess players. He demonstrates perfect harmony in his chess games and thrives at one of my weak points: anticipating his opponent's ideas. In this game against Jan Timman, he finds a brilliant prophylactic move...

Check Out My New Twitch Channel

Check Out My New Twitch Channel

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Dec 17, 2017

Hi chess players  I recently opened a Twitch channel at twitch.tv/samcopeland and am streaming puzzles, tournaments, 4-player chess, and whatever else piques my and the viewers' interest. Here's a highlight from a recent stream with a tense...

Preparing For Your Child's First Chess Tournament

Preparing For Your Child's First Chess Tournament

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Sep 30, 2017

"Is my child ready for a chess tournament?" As a chess coach, I get this question all the time. My answer is invariably yes! If your child knows the rules to chess and enjoys the game, they are quite ready to try their first tournament. Every ...

Bumblings In Blindfold Chess

Bumblings In Blindfold Chess

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Jul 31, 2016

Blindfold chess is becoming quite trendy these days. GM Timur Gareyev has been a big promoter of the discipline and is ramping up for a blindfold world record attempt. Currently, FM Marc Lang holds the record at 46 boards (played in 2011...

Why Is Stalemate A Draw In Chess?

Why Is Stalemate A Draw In Chess?

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Jun 19, 2016

How did it come to be that, in chess, stalemate is a draw?! In the most ancient known forms of chess, such as shatranj and chaturanga, stalemate was a win. Today in the (arguably) most played form of chess, Xiangqi, AKA Chinese Chess, stalema...

Trapped! Trapped Like Rats!

Trapped! Trapped Like Rats!

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Oct 31, 2015

Last night I fell victim to a unique and pretty trap from a young opponent in the South Carolina State Championships. I don't want to preface the combination too much so I'll simply ask this... In the below position, I intended 22.fxe5 fxe5 23. d...

A Chess Soundboard

A Chess Soundboard

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Oct 15, 2015

I don't know about you, but I constantly get chess earworms stuck in my head. Sometimes these are simply popular chess sayings such as "Patzer see check; patzer give check." or "Every Russian school boy knows." Other earworms include chess phrases...

At His Best: Topalov and Piece Activity

At His Best: Topalov and Piece Activity

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Oct 10, 2015

I would like to take a moment to celebrate Topalov's piece play. Veselin Topalov is a player who doesn't always receive the admiration he is due. In his career, Topalov has been ranked number 1 in the world for 27 months, longer than any players b...

The Last Time Svidler won the World Cup

The Last Time Svidler won the World Cup

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Sep 29, 2015

As I write this, GM Peter Svidler and GM Sergey Karjakin are perparing to do battle on the finals of the 2015 chess World Cup. In my opinion, winning the World Cup is one of the most impressive achievements in chess in any given year. There are so...

How to Cheat at Chess

How to Cheat at Chess

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Jul 28, 2015

Cheating in chess is widely deemed to be the greatest threat to the future of chess. Many amateurs and even many professionals regularly state that cheating is rampant. Accusations pervade every level of chess from the lowest levels of online ches...

Capablanca in the Movies: Chess Fever (1925)

Capablanca in the Movies: Chess Fever (1925)

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Jun 9, 2015

Like many, I'm a huge fan of cinema. Last year, I completed a personal challenge to watch all of the Best Picture winners from 1927-today  The best? I unoriginally stand by "The Godfather". The worst? Unquestionably 1933's "Cavalcade" - there is a...

At Their Best: Mir Sultan Khan's Centralized King

At Their Best: Mir Sultan Khan's Centralized King

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May 26, 2015

I'm a big fan of GM Mihail Marin's book "Learn from the Legends." Marin takes some of the greatest chess players and showcases them in their element. Chapters are dedicated to Rubinstein's famous rook endgame wins, Karpov's opposite-color bishop e...

Stalemate! The Most Aesthetic Swindle

Stalemate! The Most Aesthetic Swindle

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May 3, 2015

I am constantly asked by students why stalemate is a draw and not a win. My answer (rightly or wrongly) is that chess is a better game because stalemate is a draw. Narrowly superior positions such as pawn up endings and even equal pawn endings oft...

Part 2 - King Hunts: Mating on the Opposite Rank

Part 2 - King Hunts: Mating on the Opposite Rank

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Apr 16, 2015

Last week I shared 7 king hunts in which the opposing king was driven all the way to his opponent's home rank. This week I have another 7 I've come across. These games are somewhat more recent than the first 7 so there may be a touch more sophisti...

King Hunts: Mating on the Opposite Rank - Part 1

King Hunts: Mating on the Opposite Rank - Part 1

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Apr 7, 2015

There is probably nothing more exciting in chess than king hunts. Usually a king hunt involves sacrificing material (often a lot) to extract the opponent's king. Personally, I think it's only really a king hunt if the king is forced out in front o...

A Stunning Anastasia's Mate

A Stunning Anastasia's Mate

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Mar 18, 2015

Yesterday, Magnus Carlsen posted a nice chess problem on his youtube page. The problem is taken from a game against Norway's number 2, Jon Ludvig Hammer (great name).   The problem features a nice Anastasia's Mate. My personal favorite version...

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