Dynamic Catalan

Dynamic Catalan

IM MatBobula
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3 hrs ago

Every '1.d4 player' faces Queens Gambit Declined very often. This is probably the most common opening after 1.d4 among players in the rating range  between 1000-2000. If you are bored playing popular lines with the Bg5-move and looking for so...

More Quick Puzzles

More Quick Puzzles

GM Illingworth
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12 hrs ago

Hello everyone! I have been busy lately, so here are a few more puzzles to keep you tactically sharp for your games Puzzle #1 Puzzle #2 Were the first two puzzles too easy? Then here is a tougher one ...

Miguel Najdorf: An Unsung Hero, (Part 1)

Miguel Najdorf: An Unsung Hero, (Part 1)

kamalakanta
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15 hrs ago

Dear readers, I was casually reading the book "Najdorf: Life and Games", and came across a wonderful game, with notes by Najdorf, and it inspired me to share it with you. Tonight, looking at Najdorf's notes more closely, I realize that he has some...

Opening Oddities from the World Cup 2019

Opening Oddities from the World Cup 2019

GM alexcolovic
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1 day ago

One of the most exciting tournaments to watch, the World Cup in Khanty Mansysk, is well under way. With every passing round the tension rises and as the usually say for knock-outs, the players with best nerves win. As I write this Round 3 finish...

Chess For Pandas | Chapter 1 | Chess Fiction

Chess For Pandas | Chapter 1 | Chess Fiction

FM Geborgenheit
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1 day ago

This is an experiment and I would like to see how far it goes. Welcome to this adventure! 1. The Pandas of Lagavi are finding it hard to live under the rule of Zingados - a two-headed creature community. It is that time of the year where re...

A Few World Cup Round 3 Puzzles

A Few World Cup Round 3 Puzzles

GM Illingworth
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1 day ago

Hello chess friends! Here are a few puzzles from Round 3, Game 1 of the FIDE World Cup. Good luck! Vitiugov vs. Karjakin So vs. Vidit Now for my favourite, from Duda vs. Andreikin: ...

Best Games of FIDE World Cup Round 2.1

Best Games of FIDE World Cup Round 2.1

IM DanielRensch
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1 day ago

As promised, I'm continuing to offer my notes and analysis as I prepare videos for our YouTube and Twitch channels during the 2019 FIDE World Cup. In Round 2 we, once again, saw fighting chess (the kind only a knockout event with stakes like the W...

Learn the Evans Gambit!

Learn the Evans Gambit!

NM BlakeyBChess
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1 day ago

We're continuing on with the ChessPathways.com "Openings" series today with a video on the Evans Gambit. This Romantic-era chess opening originated hundreds of years ago, but retains its popularity today. Kasparov even famously used it to take d...

Seven Tips On Preparing For A Tournament!

Seven Tips On Preparing For A Tournament!

FM Geborgenheit
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2 days ago

Hello & Namaste! I'm sharing some of the tips extracted from my experience in chess life. What if you had seven days to prepare for a tournament? I think you could make the most of the time you have before a tournament by following s...

Firouzja's Super Knight Sacrifice

Firouzja's Super Knight Sacrifice

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

Which move was the highlight of the 2019 FIDE World Cup thus far?  There are quite a few candidates, but many are already saying that Firouzja's 37th move, in his Round 2 World Cup game against 2018 World Rapid Champion Dubov, is the...

What's White's best move?

What's White's best move?

Zeitnot17
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2 days ago

I wish I could say I found the right move in my 3/2 blitz game. It's an elegant line.     19 Sept 2019 update — I couldn't help but notice the similarity between the pattern in my game above and the one that popped up i...

Try to solve this Pawns Endgame (+ Video)

Try to solve this Pawns Endgame (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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2 days ago

Hello people who love a game invented in India. As you already know, one of my favorite topics is chess endgames. Today we are analyzing an interesting position I found in a book written by one of the bests: Mark Dvoretsky. The name of the book is...

Scottish Championship 2019 (Part 2)

Scottish Championship 2019 (Part 2)

FM HustleTime
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3 days ago

Hi All, Hope you have had a fantastic weekend and so here comes the continuation of my blog series on Scottish Championships 2019. (You can find Part 1 here) So after the first 3 rounds I was standing at 2.5 points out of 3, which is not...

Whose Doubled Pawns are Better?

Whose Doubled Pawns are Better?

GM Illingworth
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3 days ago

Hello chess friends! How do you determine whether doubled pawns are a strength or a weakness?  It is not so often that you see a position where both sides have doubled pawns, but that's what happened in the game I've annotated for tod...

Tactical Tests from the World Cup Rd 2

Tactical Tests from the World Cup Rd 2

FM Geborgenheit
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3 days ago

Chess is 99% Tactics - Richard TeichmannIn the last segment, I shared 18 exercises from the World Cup Rd1. Today, I'm back with ten exercises from tiebreaks + Round 2. A few readers asked me if I could get the interactive diagrams so that they cou...

Standard #43: Burning in the Bertin Gambit

Standard #43: Burning in the Bertin Gambit

MidnasLament
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4 days ago

Hello, Stacia here!  I wanted to share an interesting 15/10 game I played on chess.com.  This game features a wild line of the King's Gambit Accepted affectionately referred to as "The Wild Cunningham", but also know as the Bertin Gambit...

Why Do Different People Have Different Results?

Why Do Different People Have Different Results?

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

If you aren't getting the same results as someone else, it only means that they know some things you don't - and are doing things you aren't. Therefore, in addition to working hard toward our dreams, we should also reflect on our efforts, and ...

Winter not-so Classic 2018

Winter not-so Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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4 days ago

Yes, this blog is nine months late.  Work has been making me crazy, and also I found these games particularly difficult to annotate--or indeed to look at.  I've decided to present it with incomplete annotations, as otherwise it might be ...

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