Sometimes, chess defies logic!

Sometimes, chess defies logic!

IM vinniethepooh
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20 days ago

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Why the chess world is never-ending

Why the chess world is never-ending

IM vinniethepooh
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Nov 29, 2018

Chess is a world of innovation and creativity. It is such a world that if you dare get inside, you will be mesmerized by the majestic beauty manifested in 64 square blocks. An amazing brain game, it requires highly logical and complex thinking p...

WCC 2018 Rd 12: Into the tiebreaks!

WCC 2018 Rd 12: Into the tiebreaks!

IM vinniethepooh
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Nov 26, 2018

Finally, the expected ended with the unexpected, and then back to the expected. Magnus outplayed Fabiano thanks to some good preparation, and as the tension was building up to the maximum height, a nervy draw offer by the Norweigan ended the match...

WCC 2018 Rd 5-10: Wildness and Peace

WCC 2018 Rd 5-10: Wildness and Peace

IM vinniethepooh
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Nov 22, 2018

The players are unleashing a maelstrom of fireworks. Top level brutality has produced some marvelous chess on show. But the result has left everyone gasping. The World Chess Championship 2018 has began with 10 straight draws. This is n...

The inside story of Fabiano Caruana

The inside story of Fabiano Caruana

IM vinniethepooh
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Nov 3, 2018

One of the greatest duels in chess history is going to take place very soon. In a week, Fabiano Caruana will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship title, and there cannot be a better time to look at his chess career s...

A colossus of blogging activity! October 2018

A colossus of blogging activity! October 2018

IM vinniethepooh
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Nov 1, 2018

Throughout my blogging experience on chess.com, I have learnt that there is so much that can be written, so many vast topics to cover, and that imagination is never-ending. It's so great to see how creative and intelligent the chess community is! ...

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER.

NEVER GIVE UP. NEVER.

IM vinniethepooh
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Oct 30, 2018

A while ago, my friend and top blogger Michel wrote a blog "Worst Bullet Game Ever" and said he would be surprised to see a game worse than that. However, I prove him wrong tonight This game is an excellent example of why to never give up as bo...

Caruana vs Carlsen: Openings

Caruana vs Carlsen: Openings

IM vinniethepooh
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Oct 29, 2018

Begin your countdown. We are just 10 days away as the biggest event of the year is yet to come after a calendar featuring the Candidates and the Olympiad. World Chess Championship 2018. Why and how can Caruana beat the World Champion? In th...

Improve your Imagination! Study #1

Improve your Imagination! Study #1

IM vinniethepooh
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Oct 27, 2018

It is very important to improve your imaginative skills, your creative skills, the feel for unexpected moves in chess. With this series I present one study in each blog and recommend you to find the solution. Keep trying! Don't worry about the t...

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