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Beating my Puzzle Rush Record (Survival)

Beating my Puzzle Rush Record (Survival)

ThePawnSlayer
| Mar 15, 2021

Today I decided to beat my puzzle rush survival record. Prior to this attempt, I had reached the giddy heights of 38. In this blog I wanted to show some of the interesting puzzles (and solutions) during my attempt: Puzzle 11 (Rated 704)...

Opening Myths: The Anderssen Gambit

Opening Myths: The Anderssen Gambit

ThePawnSlayer
| Jan 12, 2021

One of the greatest controversies of 2020 (not really) came in December when I posted my Ultimate Poll: "What is your favourite chess gambit opening?" Of the exhaustive wikipedia.org list that I used, I did not include the most important chess g...

Top Three Reasons To Play Daily Chess

Top Three Reasons To Play Daily Chess

ThePawnSlayer
| Jan 1, 2021

2021 has begun with a bang on chess.com with the start of the "2021 Chess.com Daily Chess Championships." As a keen correspondence player, I knew that I had to play in these championships to prove myself as a strong chess player! Over the course o...

Checkmate in Two Puzzles Test (Very Hard)

Checkmate in Two Puzzles Test (Very Hard)

ThePawnSlayer
| Dec 3, 2020

I have recently become obsessed with solving very difficult checkmate in two puzzles. The reason I like to solve these difficult puzzles with only 2 moves is that on the one hand the solution is very much achievable, you only need to find 2 moves ...

Opening theory in Shatranj from 1000 years ago!

Opening theory in Shatranj from 1000 years ago!

ThePawnSlayer
| Oct 1, 2020

Chess.com recently released a new variant (well old variant I should say) of live Chaturanga on their chess servers (edit* I should make it clear that this is the 2 player version known as Shatranj rather than the 4-player game with dice known as ...

The infamous 8th Chess Olympiad

The infamous 8th Chess Olympiad

ThePawnSlayer
| Sep 3, 2020

On March 24th of this year, and with the Covid-19 crisis growing into a global pandemic, FIDE made the difficult decision to postpone the 44th chess Olympiad till next year. For the first time ever, we witnessed an online Olympiad instead of an OT...

More chess training during Covid-19

More chess training during Covid-19

ThePawnSlayer
| May 1, 2020

In my last blog I spoke about my chess training regime during the lock-down. I would strongly recommend you give that a read before continuing to read this blog. In any case, things seem to be going okay... However, like with any training, do...

Chess training during Covid-19

Chess training during Covid-19

ThePawnSlayer
| Apr 21, 2020

It is fair to say that during this Covid-19 crisis, not a lot of work is being done... We have all been advised to stay at home each awaiting our respected government's instructions as to what to do next. In my own individual circumstance, my curr...

Chess Losers: "Richard The Fifth"

Chess Losers: "Richard The Fifth"

ThePawnSlayer
| Apr 5, 2020

About a year ago, Netflix released a mini-documentary series called Losers. The documentary series followed the lives of the athletes who, for whatever reason, ended up on the wrong side of a result: A trailer for Losers - incidentally the footb...

A time control that should be scrapped

A time control that should be scrapped

ThePawnSlayer
| Jan 28, 2020

I recently played an opponent in my local leagues who insisted on playing a particular time control that is legal in my league. Our normal time control is 70 mins +10secs increment which is a perfectly normal slow game time control. The vast major...

Opening Novelty: The Granada Gambit (+video)

Opening Novelty: The Granada Gambit (+video)

ThePawnSlayer
| Jan 12, 2020

A few months ago I took a pleasant holiday to the south of Spain. On my adventures I spent a couple of nights in the very picturesque city of Granada. Throughout its history the city had swapped hands between the Moors and Christian Spaniards unti...

Tie Another Day

Tie Another Day

ThePawnSlayer
| Sep 9, 2019

I recently helped arbiter at the Delancy UK chess challenge held at Harrow High School last weekend. The UK chess challenge holds a special place in my heart as it was my first introduction to competitive chess over 16 years ago. At the tender age...

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