Reading Chess Informant
Last Thursday, Chess Informant 128 arrived via courier. With each new issue, I resolve to read all the articles or play through all of the games in the traditional section (see "Discovery"). With each new issu... | Read More
Fabiano Caruana missed a win in his game against Anish Giri at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament earlier this week. During the broadcast, it was reported that he would have maintained a winning position (according to someone's computer)with 55...Ra3... | Read More
Hitting the Books
ContextA distinctive element of GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge(2000) draws in some readers and pushes many others away. Rashid Ziyatdinov's book contains diagrams without analysis. The author explains that the book i... | Read More
The first thing for the reader to learn is to see every possible mate; this is one of the requirements of a good player.Renaud and Kahn, The Art of the Checkmate
When David Weinstock recommended The Art of the Checkmate (... | Read More
A Decision in the Opening
There are 400 possible positions after both players have completed the first move. The position after 1.e4 e5 is the second most popular.* White played the most popular first move, and Black opted for th... | Read More
Those who do not understand correspondence chess and its research aspect frequently assert that players using databases are blindly following other's game. Not true. Reference games should be examined carefully, rather than blindly followed.
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Winning an Open
I won the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.5/5. It was my first win of an open Swiss, although I have won club tournaments, quads, and a few invitationals. I also tied for first in the reserve section of the 2006 Washington ... | Read More
The King's Gambit often offers examples of a player winning with no concern for material. This position arose from a King's Gambit.
It is Black to move. Who is better?
See the whole game at http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2015/07/kings-gambit-... | Read More
For a quick overview of the Italian Opening, where would you start? I went through 23 games in Tartakower and DuMont this morning, Marin's article in Chess Informant 124 yesterday, and now am looking through my tattered copy of Horowitz.
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Should aspiring chess players study the games of players who have been dead for more than a century? In an interview conducted while he was World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik answered in the affirmative.
I think that if a player wants to achieve mu... | Read More