Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Smyslov, 1939

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Smyslov, 1939

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Jan 14, 2019

Paul Keres defeated more world champions (9!) than any other chess player. That list includes every world champion from Jose Capablanca through Bobby Fischer. Here is his very first recorded win against a future world champion, Vassily Smyslov. ...

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Westerinen, 1973

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Westerinen, 1973

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Dec 17, 2018

Much is rightly made today of Viswanathan Anand's and Vladimir Kramnik's achievements in their 40s, but little remember Keres' longevity. Keres was at the top of world chess from the 1930s through the 1970s, a career spanning five decades! In th...

7 Times Chess Players Talked Trash

7 Times Chess Players Talked Trash

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Dec 13, 2018

Trash talk is a rich part of chess culture. Born in the coffeehouses and parks where real chess is played, where real men (and women battle) and only cowards turn down a sacrifice, and no one pays a mite of attention to the elements. Here are se...

Chess Masterpieces: Euwe vs. Keres, 1940

Chess Masterpieces: Euwe vs. Keres, 1940

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Dec 3, 2018

In 1939/1940, Max Euwe and Paul Keres played a "friendly" match which the chess world followed enthusiastically in light of the current turmoil in the world championship situation. In 1937, Euwe had lost his rematch with Alexander Alekhine, whil...

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Winter, 1935

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Winter, 1935

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Nov 24, 2018

Paul Keres' baptism by fire was the 1935 Warsaw Olympiad. There the young Keres played greats such as World Champion Alexander Alekhine, Savielly Tartakower, and Salomon Flohr. He lost to these chess giants, but he did score a respectable 12/19, i...

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Szabo, 1955

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Szabo, 1955

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Nov 12, 2018

Paul Keres is a fascinating player with a fascinating history. Winner of the star-studded 1938 AVRO tournament, he was a presumed challenger to Alexander Alekhine when WW II intervened. After the war, his native Estonia had been subsumed by the So...

Chess Masterpieces: Tatai vs. Karpov, 1977

Chess Masterpieces: Tatai vs. Karpov, 1977

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Oct 31, 2018

Castle, castle, castle and develop, develop, develop. Sometimes being a chess coach is easy You just tell your students to do the same things over and over again until they do it! Except they never do it. Maybe that's just my experience though 🤷 ...

Chess Masterpieces: Seirawan vs. Karpov, 1982

Chess Masterpieces: Seirawan vs. Karpov, 1982

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Oct 21, 2018

It's rare that the Soviets were out-prepared, but in a game preceding our featured game against Yasser Seirawan, Anatoly Karpov found his prepared piece sacrifice (likely prepared by Efim Geller) refuted over the chess board in fine fashion. You c...

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Huebner, 1982

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Huebner, 1982

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Oct 17, 2018

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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Oct 9, 2018

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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Sep 30, 2018

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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Sep 23, 2018

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...

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