Candidate moves II

Candidate moves II

GM jhellsten
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2 hrs ago

In this second part of my article about Candidate Moves, we will have a look at some situations where you have many moves to choose from. Let's start with a very simple case. Black to play. He is a piece down, but we can sense a back rank moti...

The Kingly Immortal Game

The Kingly Immortal Game

kinglybingly
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14 hrs ago

The date was August 5th, 2018.  I was on Twitch watching a streamer by the name of "Bertrout".  He was accepting challenges on Chess.com so I obliged.  It was just a normal game, me playing the London System and him loathing it.&n...

Hammer of Von Hennig - Part 2

Hammer of Von Hennig - Part 2

UAArtur
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19 hrs ago

So, next Thursday comes and we have a continuation of the blog about the "Secret" Gambit of Von Hennig.In the first part we broke off on the second line of our opening. After some discussion in the blog, I remind you that I am not a sel...

A trap in the Alekhine defense

A trap in the Alekhine defense

Zeitnot17
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2 days ago

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 ...

Some games from Marienbad 1925

Some games from Marienbad 1925

introuble2
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2 days ago

Beautiful photo, isn't it?! It's Marienbad 1925, a tournament with Gunsberg as its director that started just 10 days after the end of Baden-Baden 1925. 10 players participated in both. Alekhine and Bogoljubov were also invited but didn't make it....

Richard Reti in New York 1924

Richard Reti in New York 1924

introuble2
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3 days ago

"During the month of December, 1923, interest in chess was at a high level on this side of the Atlantic, largely due to the presence of Alexander Alekhine and his remarkable performances. At a social gathering on New Year's Eve the possibility of ...

My European Championship 2019 - Part III

My European Championship 2019 - Part III

GM alexcolovic
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4 days ago

In Round 9 I was White against GM Santos Ruiz, rated 2560 and one of Spain's brightest prospects. I noticed he had some problems in the Ruy Lopez and I expected him to switch to the Najdorf, his other main opening. I again managed to use a line I'...

Standard #36:  Punishment in the Morra

Standard #36: Punishment in the Morra

MidnasLament
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5 days ago

In this 15 min/10 second game on chess.com I reply to the Sicilian with the aggressive 2. d4!? entering into the Smith-Morra Gambit.  After a full month of studying Mayhem in the Morra by Marc Esserman I was quite happy to see if I could get ...

Overcoming Challenges - Part 3

Overcoming Challenges - Part 3

GM Illingworth
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6 days ago

You may be wondering: what was the inspiration behind last week's post?  Well, I noticed a common pattern among my student's questions - which, by the way, were among the best I've been asked in my 15+ years teaching chess! Namely, sever...

WA Class Championships 2018

WA Class Championships 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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8 days ago

The Washington Class Championship is traditionally a big tournament, the second-biggest of the year, and is held in Lynnwood, a suburb about 20 miles north of Seattle.  Normally I've commuted, but this year my husband suggested I get a hotel ...

FunMasterMike vs. Tani!

FunMasterMike vs. Tani!

FM MikeKlein
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9 days ago

In case you haven't heard by now, the sensational 8-year-old talent Tanitoluwa "Tani" Adewumi is pretty good at chess. Although he's only been playing for about one year, and despite being homeless and a refugee from Nigeria, he recently won ...

Removing the Defender (+ Video)

Removing the Defender (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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10 days ago

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to explain 7 selected puzzles, where you have to win using a Tactical Theme we call Elimination of t...

My European Championship 2019 - Part II

My European Championship 2019 - Part II

GM alexcolovic
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10 days ago

After the two losses I was paired with a lower rated opponent. In Round 5 I was facing WGM Maltsevskaya, 16-year old Russian talent rated 2252 and a World Champion for girls under 20 from 2018. For the game analysis please see here. The game t...

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