AlphaZero at the Candidates 2020

AlphaZero at the Candidates 2020

IM vinniethepooh
|
Mar 24, 2020

Before the first rest day, there were glimpses of how AlphaZero has revolutionized the chess world- Anish Giri and Fabiano Caruana in rounds 1 and 3 respectively showed some brilliant preparation based on sacrificing pawns for long term compensati...

Why Ding Liren is the next big thing

Why Ding Liren is the next big thing

IM vinniethepooh
|
Mar 20, 2020

Odd, isn't it? To be writing an article of praise on a particular person, at the time when he is on -1 after three rounds, in a tournament where he is considered one of the clear favourites? But sometimes, it's not your results that define you. ...

2019

2019

IM vinniethepooh
|
Dec 31, 2019

You know that a lot has happened in an year when you find it tough to write a title for a new year blog. Impossible to summarize it in one sentence alone, so I instead just chose to label it as "2019", enough said. That's how the year has been, ...

Christmas Blast with 'Mate-in' Studies

Christmas Blast with 'Mate-in' Studies

IM vinniethepooh
|
Dec 25, 2019

Christmas is here, and for the die-hard chess lover, there is no better gift than a set of challenging, beautiful, and fun chess compositions! Here are three problems I have devised, all 'mate-in' studies, which may involve very creative and i...

What kind of player was Tigran Petrosian?

What kind of player was Tigran Petrosian?

IM vinniethepooh
|
Nov 8, 2019

"Some consider that when I play chess I'm excessively cautious. But it seems to me that the question may be a different one. I try to avoid chance. Those who rely on chance should play cards or roulette. Chess is something quite different. -T...

Mikhail Tal and the Art of 'Ghost Creation'

Mikhail Tal and the Art of 'Ghost Creation'

IM vinniethepooh
|
Nov 7, 2019

Such was the dominance of Mikhail Tal in the 1960's that if he sacrificed a piece for the initiative, the player sitting opposite to him would mentally collapse already. After all, if his play confounds engines till date, what can you expect from ...

Ding beats Magnus in his own den

Ding beats Magnus in his own den

IM vinniethepooh
|
Aug 29, 2019

With an excellent display of steel nerves, speed prowess and excellent defense Ding Liren beat Magnus Carlsen 2-0 in blitz en-route to winning the Sinquenfield Cup 2019 after the players tied for first in the classical portion. The latter made a...

The rise and rise of Ding Liren

The rise and rise of Ding Liren

IM vinniethepooh
|
Aug 27, 2019

Calculating like a beast, being very solid, keeping accuracy and precision on his fingertips, having an excellent endgame technique, being the only Chinese to ever play the Candidates, posing problems to the World Champion from time to time; Ding ...

My Compositions #2: An unforeseen hero

My Compositions #2: An unforeseen hero

IM vinniethepooh
|
Aug 11, 2019

Visualization, Awareness, Imagination. Solving chess compositions enhance these three crucial aspects of your tactical ability. Studies train your eyes to unexpected moves, crazy ideas, and significantly improve your creativity. Welcome bac...

Sometimes, chess defies logic!

Sometimes, chess defies logic!

IM vinniethepooh
|
Jul 2, 2019

Chess is more than just a game. It's more than just sport, or science. It's an art. It's a battle of nerves. One can't possibly explain it, for chess sometimes defies logic and pulverizes all common sense into paralysis. Logic says king should b...

The will of a Monarch

The will of a Monarch

IM vinniethepooh
|
May 31, 2019

Is it a bird? Uh-huh. Is it a plane? No way! Who could it be? Check it out, it's The will of a Monarch! The safety of the king is considered paramount in chess, and we generally avoid bringing it to action until late endgame. But once in a whi...

FIDE Grand Prix: Russia vs Russia in Russia!

FIDE Grand Prix: Russia vs Russia in Russia!

IM vinniethepooh
|
May 26, 2019

Russia may not be the absolute powerhouse it was before, with countries like India and China taking over, but it still remains a big force to reckon with.  Another world championship cycle has commenced, with the first leg of FIDE Grand Pri...

Chess or Mathematics? Staircase

Chess or Mathematics? Staircase

IM vinniethepooh
|
Mar 9, 2019

While generally Chess and Mathematics have a vast difference, sometimes they can be very similar. Some chess puzzles give us the striking impression of a pleasingly geometrical sequence. These puzzles are taken from an article written by the fam...

Sometimes, less is more! Underpromotion

Sometimes, less is more! Underpromotion

IM vinniethepooh
|
Mar 6, 2019

On a regular basis, we encounter amazing, highly original ideas in chess, who's beauty can give one's soul unparalleled joy. One of these, for me is the tactical motif Underpromotion. It is when a pawn promotes, to a piece rather than the queen....

Road to the International Master (IM) Title

Road to the International Master (IM) Title

IM vinniethepooh
|
Mar 2, 2019

Hello my dear chess.com friends! I am Aditya Mittal, a 12-year old chess player from India. Since I was first introduced to the game at roughly 5 years of age, I have been mesmerized by it and have been working hard to achieve my goal of becoming ...

Tata Steel Masters Rd 1-5: "Black is OK!"

Tata Steel Masters Rd 1-5: "Black is OK!"

IM vinniethepooh
|
Jan 16, 2019

Wijk Aan Zee is not just a tournament. It is a festival, a chess bonanza of sorts. Different categories, different strengths, make it the perfect way to start any year. It's long tradition saw it's names changing from Hoogovens to Corus to Tata St...

WCC 2018 Tie-Break: Magnus Carlsen defends title

WCC 2018 Tie-Break: Magnus Carlsen defends title

IM vinniethepooh
|
Dec 2, 2018

Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen proved his dominance in speed chess by whitewashing Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in the rapid tiebreaks after all the classical games ended in draws. The World Chess Championship 2018 was a match-up for the ages. Af...

Get Listed