What's the best move?

What's the best move?

Zeitnot17
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4 hrs ago

This is a quick post about a position that popped up in a 3/2 blitz game I just played where my opponent and I both missed a key tactic. While this position is so far out of book that you can't even see the book anymore, it showcases a tactic th...

Max Euwe's little-known masterpiece

Max Euwe's little-known masterpiece

Zeitnot17
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14 days ago

In the summer of 1972, when Gennadi Sosonko left Russia for the West, his luggage consisted "entirely of a strong desire to leave the country, a rather sketchy impression of the world that lay beyond its borders, and a suitcase full of books." A...

Isn't chess blunderful?

Isn't chess blunderful?

Zeitnot17
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Jun 20, 2019

As much as I enjoy chess, I often find it frustrating that virtually every game I play is rife with mistakes. Every time I finish a game, I'm repeatedly reminded of my all-too-human imperfections as soon as I run a Stockfish analysis that "...

Throw out the lifeline!

Throw out the lifeline!

Zeitnot17
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Jun 9, 2019

On the weekend of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this post is dedicated to the memory of my friend and relative Augie, a man from the Greatest Generation who after Pearl Harbor volunteered for the Coast Guard, who for his first...

The gates of paradise

The gates of paradise

Zeitnot17
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May 18, 2019

Here's a totally different type of chess puzzle for you to solve. I invite you to post your answers in the comments. The less I say about this puzzle now, the better. I'll leave it to you to figure out even what type of puzzle it is.  ...

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Zeitnot17
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May 14, 2019

At times it seems like no one knows how the knight moves. Even masters find it hard to explain. Howard Staunton, the man who gave us the English opening, said that the knight's "move is one square in a straight line, and one in an oblique dire...

Reduce speed now

Reduce speed now

Zeitnot17
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May 2, 2019

Years ago, as I was doing a driving tour of castles in Wales, I suddenly found my car surrounded by hundreds of sheep as a farmer was moving his herd from one pasture to the next. That passing experience remains a fond memory and serves as a rem...

A queen and her knight

A queen and her knight

Zeitnot17
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Apr 27, 2019

As GM @DanielNaroditsky writes, "The queen and knight is a fearsome tandem, whose attacking potential is simply through the roof.... The queen and knight complement each other perfectly in almost every way imaginable. They can attack both up close...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #4

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #4

Zeitnot17
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Apr 25, 2019

Welcome to the fourth installment of my series on chess problems that Mikhail Chigorin personally picked out for us to solve. If you're new to the series, you're welcome to start at the beginning with the first problem here. Problem no. 4 Wh...

Waiting for Molotov

Waiting for Molotov

Zeitnot17
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Apr 22, 2019

It's May 14, 1955. A decade has passed since VE Day, when Germany surrendered, marking the end of World War II in Europe. The four Allied war powers — the United States, Britian, France and the Soviet Union — still maintain zones of ...

A trap in the Alekhine defense

A trap in the Alekhine defense

Zeitnot17
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Apr 16, 2019

I've come across a trap in the Alekhine defense, Scandinavian variation. Since I haven't seen it written up elsewhere, I thought that I'd share it here.  If you play the Alekhine defense as Black, you might want to be aware of this trap in ...

Strike first!

Strike first!

Zeitnot17
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Apr 7, 2019

This post is a sequel to my most recent post, Disarm your adversary. As we learned, when we find ourselves in a heavy piece endgame with both kings vulnerable, we need to immediately seize the initiative to attack the weakness of our opponent's ...

Disarm your adversary

Disarm your adversary

Zeitnot17
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Apr 5, 2019

What if you found yourself in a sword fight against an opponent rushing at you? Wouldn't you like to find a way to disarm him? What if you found yourself in a queen and rooks vs queen, rook and bishop endgame when you were down in material? ...

Begin with the end in mind

Begin with the end in mind

Zeitnot17
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Apr 3, 2019

It's White to move and win. In how many moves is for you to figure out.   As a clue, this etude is medium difficulty. It's not as easy as my earlier problems, Put first things first, This is very important and Puzzles from my first ...

A butterfly flaps its wings

A butterfly flaps its wings

Zeitnot17
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Apr 1, 2019

A butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil can cause a tornado in Texas. It sounds absurd but that's exactly how MIT scientist Edward Lorenz described what's come to be known as the butterfly effect — that in complex systems minuscule change...

The other side of the coin

The other side of the coin

Zeitnot17
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Mar 27, 2019

This post is a companion to my last post, A chip and a chair, where we looked at this position with White to move.  While it looks like White is losing, it can force a win in 10 moves or less. If you haven't already solved the origin...

A chip and a chair

A chip and a chair

Zeitnot17
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Mar 25, 2019

Back in 1982, Jack Straus, an affable guy with a bushy beard who'd walk around carrying all his cash stuffed in a paper sack, was playing in the World Series of Poker Main Event out in Vegas. On Day 1 of the high-stakes tournament, thinking he hel...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #3

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #3

Zeitnot17
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Mar 22, 2019

Continuing our series on Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, let's look at the third etude that Chigorin wants us to solve. Problem no. 3 White to move and mate in 2 It took a bit of detective work to figure out who composed ...

Find the fastest mate

Find the fastest mate

Zeitnot17
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Mar 21, 2019

Inspired by my latest series of Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, I'd like to share an interesting position that popped up in a 3/2 blitz game I just played. Find the fastest mate. If you'd like to brush up on this tactic, GM Pat...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Zeitnot17
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Mar 19, 2019

As we discussed in my first post in this series, Mikhail Chigorin loved chess problems.  As editor of Shakhmatny Listok, Chigorin selected the best chess problems for his readers. In my first post, we looked at the first study published in ...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems

Zeitnot17
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Mar 15, 2019

Everyone who plays chess seriously recognizes Mikhail Chigorin (Михаи́л Ива́нович Чиго́рин) as one of the greatest players the game has known. Most attention is given to Chigorin's brilliant games and justly so.  What has received litt...

Poetry in Sochi — 1966

Poetry in Sochi — 1966

Zeitnot17
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Feb 25, 2019

In his autobiographical poem Albert Frolov (Альберт Фролов), the Russian poet Joseph Brodsky (Ио́сиф Алекса́ндрович Бро́дский) wrote these lines: Второго января, в глухую ночь,мой теплоход отшвартовался в Сочи.Хотелось пить. Я двинул наугад...

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