One way to handle Defensive Players

One way to handle Defensive Players

FM TheMagician
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Dec 22, 2013

Today, id like to share an instructional game with notes on one simple way to overcome a defensive player who simply digs in and waits for you to go and get him, hoping you might overextend your position.  hope you enjoy this game from round one o...

Anand Carlsen Comment

Anand Carlsen Comment

FM TheMagician
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Nov 18, 2013

Anand manouverings 'sham'ooverings! it is my considered opinion Vishy (whom i admire very much) is playing boring safe manouvering chess and has done so from the inception of this match literally burying any hope of winning. He lacks HUNGER to W...

The GM who got away....

The GM who got away....

FM TheMagician
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Sep 30, 2013

Everyone has one memorable game they regret slipped through their fingers as the sands in the hourglass pass time. My such regrettable opportunity occurred 42 years ago when i was 19yrs old.  was playing Grandmaster Lothar Schmidt of West German...

Peter Parr Obituary

Peter Parr Obituary

FM TheMagician
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Aug 16, 2013

Peter Parr, a Father of Chess in Sydney Australia passed away last week. A Chess Jourrnalist, An international Chess Arbiter,A Captain of The Australian Olympiad Team, Peter Parr did it all. i tried to find a game  lost to Peter, yet i did find...

Dedication to Rory Curtis (son) decd

Dedication to Rory Curtis (son) decd

FM TheMagician
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Dec 9, 2012

This is my game from Round 1 of the New South Wales Country Teams Championships which my team won and I dedicated to my 19yr old sons memory. If you know any teenagers who seem gloomy just ask them if they are okay ok? 

Help Required

Help Required

FM TheMagician
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Oct 19, 2011

Many many years ago I played the Grunfeld Opening and was able to put a piece on pris which could not be taken . My next move I put another piece on prise and my opponent would lose if either piece was captured . Then on my next consecutive m...

ChessCoaching Beginners

ChessCoaching Beginners

FM TheMagician
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Sep 21, 2011

Okay. So why the picture of the Elephant with a ball? Well I was just contemplating that in Chess you must "keep your eye on the Ball". It is simply not enough to learn openings like a parrot. Parrots dont play top chess. If your opponent makes...

Very good Chess Poem

Very good Chess Poem

FM TheMagician
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Jul 25, 2011

Chess Poem Battlefield of Life I make this pledge to you alone, that I shall serve your royal throne. My silver sword, I gladly wield. Squares eight times eight the battlefield. With knights upon their mighty steed the front line pawns have vowed...

Entertaining Odyssey-Tribute to Chernev

Entertaining Odyssey-Tribute to Chernev

FM TheMagician
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Jun 30, 2011

I purposely tried to be creative and a wee bit entertaining in my notes. In this 3 minute game I drew on my early memory of Irving Chernevs book " Logical Chess Move By Move and emulated his teachings. I also used the tip I got from former Au...

Improving at Chess

Improving at Chess

FM TheMagician
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May 4, 2011

My good chessfriend 'Girusp' from India wrote today 5 May "you enjoy this being a titled player and higher rating we have to be content with whatever comes our way" I replied.. Truth is Girusp, I worked extremely hard to get my Fidemaster title...

A reply to the Smith Morra

A reply to the Smith Morra

FM TheMagician
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Apr 17, 2011

A recent reply to criticisms of playing the Smith Mora Gambit -general discussion. I play that in Lightning Chess because often with a Space advantage and black not having an attacking plan , white can dominate, rattle off moves. gain time etc ...

How to Improve at Chess -not!

How to Improve at Chess -not!

FM TheMagician
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Feb 26, 2011

Elephants dont forget..so I put a pic up cause I DO forget my chesslines at 58yrs. A recent Chess Friend asked hoew to improve his game...I sent this (kidding) reply. My Dear Friend Girusp, you said "so pls guide me to how can i improve  also i...

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