Sam Copeland's Blog

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    • Trapped! Trapped Like Rats!

      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... | Read More

    • A Chess Soundboard

      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... | Read More

    • At His Best: Topalov and Piece Activity

      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... | Read More

    • The Last Time Svidler won the World Cup

      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 s... | Read More

    • Magnus Voices Support for a Knockout World Championship Format

      Magnus just voiced his support for a knockout World Championship format via Facebook (post). It's an incredible position for the World Champion to take, and whatever one thinks of the notion, one must admire the integrity of the World Champion in ... | Read More

    • SC Players at the Denker, National Girls Invitational, and Barber - Rounds 4, 5, and 6

      Congratulations to each of the South Carolina representatives at this year's Denker, National Girls' Invitational, and Barber (crosstables linked)! They each performed admirably, and crafted many interesting, fighting games, inspiring young player... | Read More

    • SC Players at the Denker, National Girls Invitational, and Barber - Rounds 2 and 3

      The first three rounds of the Denker and National Girl's Invitational have been generally promising for South Carolina players. Rounds 2 and 3 of the Denker each featured moderate upsets from SC players. Neha Dias scored a draw in round 3 against ... | Read More

    • SC Players at the Denker, National Girls Invitational, and Barber - Round 1

      For non-US players, the Denker, National Girls Invitational, and Barber are tournaments to which the top K-12, K-8, and top female players, respectively, from each state are invited. Usually, they win their spot at their respective state scholasti... | Read More

    • How to Cheat at Chess

      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... | Read More

    • Capablanca in the Movies: Chess Fever (1925)

      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 ... | Read More