Ziryab's Blog


    • Caruana's Missed Win

      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

      • Ziryab
      • | Jan 21, 2016
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    • Hitting the Books

      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

      • Ziryab
      • | Jan 2, 2016
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    • Checkmate Patterns

      Checkmate Patterns 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

      • Ziryab
      • | Dec 10, 2015
      • | 956 views
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    • Opening Study 2.Nf3 Qf6

      A Decision in the Opening   1.e4 e5   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

      • Ziryab
      • | Oct 25, 2015
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    • Expose the King!

      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. Here... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Oct 2, 2015
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    • Winning an Open

      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

      • Ziryab
      • | Aug 21, 2015
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    • Material vs King Vulnerability

      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

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 15, 2015
      • | 766 views
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    • Italian Opening

      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. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 8, 2015
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    • Spirit of Greco

      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

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 7, 2015
      • | 610 views
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    • Daily Chess (i.e. Correspondence)

      Applied Study Correspondence ChessResearch is a central pleasure of correspondence chess. Using opening books, databases, and both print and electronic versions of Chess Informant elevates my play in the short run and expands my over the boar... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jun 16, 2015
      • | 982 views
      • | 3 comments