Grandmaster chess tactics training day 4

Grandmaster chess tactics training day 4

IM attilaturzo
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1 hr ago

On the 4th training day, when I solved puzzles to improve my calculation skills to reach the Grandmaster title. It was a long session. I used 153 minutes to solve 45 puzzles. I enjoyed the stream, nice to have friends around when I am doing my tac...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 4

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 4

GM alexcolovic
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6 hrs ago

The shortest game of the match so far and in fact there was only one critical moment in it. Carlsen opened with 1 c4, adding more options right from the start. Would Caruana try to go for QGD set-ups with 1...e6 or would he go symmetrical with 1...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 3

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 3

GM alexcolovic
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15 hrs ago

A rather unconvincing showing by both players. Caruana deviated from Game 1 and chose the rare 6 0-0 in the Rossolimo (I'm afraid we won't be seeing an Open Sicilian any time soon). The omission of h3 introduces many subtleties in the upcom...

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Szabo, 1955

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Szabo, 1955

NM SamCopeland
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1 day ago

Paul Keres is a fascinating player with a fascinating history. Winner of the star-studded 1938 AVRO tournament, he was a presumed challenger to Alexander Alekhine when WW II intervened. After the war, his native Estonia had been subsumed by the So...

My good games at this week #41

My good games at this week #41

UAArtur
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2 days ago

Hi, all! Let me introduce you my funny, fantastic and interesting games at this week.  The first game is dedicated to my favorite gambit. A complete list of my favorite gambits is here Top 5 gambits The game is not without mistak...

Carlsen vs. Caruana Stats: Games 1 and 2

Carlsen vs. Caruana Stats: Games 1 and 2

NM SmarterChess
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3 days ago

In this series I will be using the chess.com analysis tool to compute the players' CAPS, Avg. Diff., Best Move %, Mistake-Score, and Largest Advantage in each game.  In addition to those metrics, a rerun of the Monte Carlo simulations of the ...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 2

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 2

GM alexcolovic
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3 days ago

The players keep surprising me. In my Preview I argued that Carlsen would play 1 e4 because after it the preparation can successfully be narrowed down. The point is that after 1 d4 Black has more satisfactory defences than after 1 e4 (where basi...

Chess Cart Before the Horse

Chess Cart Before the Horse

RoaringPawn
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3 days ago

WHAT IS OLDER IN CHESS AND ALL WARFARE, MOVEMENT OR POWER? The movement of chessmen has been a starting point in chess since time eternal. A sine qua non, a religion that has aged and hardened that nobody ever dared to question. But this moves...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 1

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 1

GM alexcolovic
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4 days ago

What a start of the match! I never expected Carlsen to be that aggressive from the get-go. In fact, I never imagined he could play something other than 1…e5. It was quite a shock for me to see the Sicilian! Is this a match strategy to be ...

Top 5 B01-02 games

Top 5 B01-02 games

UAArtur
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4 days ago

Greetings,  my friends! If this is not your first time on my blog, you may know that I am a real fan of the Scandinavian Defense. Games with this opening often decorate my creative series My Good Games, and also I have a blog with partic...

London System Update: "Triangle" or "Two Knights"?

London System Update: "Triangle" or "Two Knights"?

IndreRe
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4 days ago

Starting from today, all chess eyes are turned towards London. I have nothing to say about the upcoming match, but, thematically, I am going to give you an interesting update on the London System. I promise, this will be my last post on the London...

The wizard of Petroff

The wizard of Petroff

FM ddtru
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5 days ago

One of Fabiano Caruana's most incredible achievements is that he turned Petroff defense into a fun and dangerous weapon. Think of it for a second. The symmetric and rock solid Petroff, the opening that makes Berlin defense look exciting in ...

All the chess books ...

All the chess books ...

NM FLchessplayer
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5 days ago

I have often been asked to recommend chess books ... so much so, I dare not even count the number of times that I have been asked this question. (Via E-mails, messages, IM's, PM's, etc.) Since I played my first USCF-rated tournament in 1966 and I ...

Don't Just Check

Don't Just Check

NM CoachJKane
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5 days ago

Hi Chess Friends, I was happy to play a nice combination in a recent blitz game, which got me thinking about an important attacking theme. First, see if you can find black's winning combination below. The move that struck me there was...

New-Age Challenges Susan Polgar

New-Age Challenges Susan Polgar

RoaringPawn
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5 days ago

COMPARING A MODERN VS CONVENTIONAL EARLY CHESS LEARNING METHOD. NEW-AGE vs STONE AGE In 1929, Aron Nimzovich strongly asserted that the early teaching method was "fundamentally flawed." For nearly ninety years his idea hasn't attracted anyone's a...

11 tips to play better chess games

11 tips to play better chess games

FM Michel2426
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6 days ago

Hi everyone. I have already written my thoughts about how to train to make progress in chess or about some mistakes you could be making in your training. Recently, as I was talking with some of my favorite students, I thought about some general ti...

Smyslov's Slav vs Hammertime

Smyslov's Slav vs Hammertime

FM ddtru
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6 days ago

An amateur chess player like me does not get to play against Grandmasters very often, and so I was extremely happy when I was paired with Jon Ludvig Hammer in the 1st round of today's Titled Tuesday. This tournament starts terribly early, a...

Sentenced to Chess:  Seattle Classic 2018

Sentenced to Chess: Seattle Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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6 days ago

A nine round tournament.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Playing for five days straight is exhausting, keeping in playing form becomes a real struggle -- I don't know why I love this format, but I do. This iteration was graced by the...

The Power of Quiet Moves

The Power of Quiet Moves

FM ddtru
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7 days ago

I am rarely satisfied with my own blitz games, but a few days ago I won a nice one that illustrates a rare topic of quiet moves. This game saw a little bit of everything – positional struggle on the queenside, followed by a knight sac...

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