Levenfish on Chess Improvement

Levenfish on Chess Improvement

FM ddtru
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1 day ago

While browsing the bulletins of 1942 Kuibyshev tournament I came across an interesting article on chess improvement by Grandmaster Levenfish. Things have changed quite a bit in the 75+ years that followed, and yet the recommendations of this artic...

The Refutation to the C3 Sicilian/Smith-Morra

The Refutation to the C3 Sicilian/Smith-Morra

JapaneseTutor
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3 days ago

Hi all, A blog twice in one week? I know, it seems strange but since I am practising/studying for the World Open, I thought I'd share a nice line I came across. Click here for the Video: https://youtu.be/K_v2cefo4F8 Make sure to watch the ...

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

NM BlakeyBChess
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3 days ago

A couple weeks ago, I made a video for the ChessPathways YouTube channel, analyzing a game for Pierre - one of our members.  He had won this Game Analysis video as part of his prize from the ChessPathways Blitz Streak Challenge, so I was exci...

Smothered mate in practice

Smothered mate in practice

IM MatBobula
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3 days ago

One of the most famous checkmate patterns in chess is smothered mate. Everyone knows it, but have you ever won that way? Or have you ever seen that live? In that post I am going to show you couple examples of smothered mate application. Let's ...

New Video Series

New Video Series

WGM axvesik
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4 days ago

Hi everyone!Check out my latest video series on things you should always/never do during the game. Hope you enjoy them! Why You Should Always Ask What Your Opponent Is Up To: https://www.chess.com/video/player/think-like-your-opponent Why...

Staunton Throws

Staunton Throws

NM GargleBlaster
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5 days ago

Dear Readers, Imagine the scene.  The year is 1843, the place is London, and you are Howard Staunton, the greatest player in the world, a player so great that people hundreds of years from now will demand to play only on sets named after yo...

6 Fantastic Endgame Puzzles (+ Video)

6 Fantastic Endgame Puzzles (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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5 days ago

Hello chess mates. In this post we are going to analyze 6 selected tactic endgames I found some days ago. I really enjoy this kind of exercise (tactic endgames), because you have to use your general endgames knowledge and your sharp tactic vision,...

Vladimir Nabokov in ‘The Problemist’

Vladimir Nabokov in ‘The Problemist’

Rocky64
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6 days ago

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) was one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century whose celebrated works include Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada. Early in his career he wrote The Defense (1930), the story of a chess grandmaster named Luzhin whose obse...

Throw out the lifeline!

Throw out the lifeline!

Zeitnot17
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6 days ago

On the weekend of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, this post is dedicated to the memory of my friend and relative Augie, a man from the Greatest Generation who after Pearl Harbor volunteered for the Coast Guard, who for his first...

Zukertort - Potter. The Miracle Save.

Zukertort - Potter. The Miracle Save.

simaginfan
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7 days ago

Morning everyone. Something brief but beautiful today, before I forget all about it! This week a wonderful article caught my eye, here. https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-win-with-the-longest-move-in-chess     I insta...

Move-Finding, The Engine Way

Move-Finding, The Engine Way

the_real_greco
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7 days ago

In a previous post I looked at how engines represent positions with bitboards. (If you haven't read that, you should!). Having a full set of 12 bitboards lets you know where all the pieces are... but that isn't the end of the story. The next ...

Salo Flohr on Grandmaster Title

Salo Flohr on Grandmaster Title

FM ddtru
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8 days ago

The Chess Grandmaster title has a long and rather confusing history. There is a popular legend that it was first established by Tsar Nicholas II at St. Petersburg 1914 tournament - a theory that has been since debunked by chess historian...

A miniature in the Morra gambit

A miniature in the Morra gambit

CM GaborHorvath
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10 days ago

In this post I would like share with you a nice attacking game which I played recently in the Morra gambit. Although the Morra is not my main weapon against the Sicilian, I teach it to my young students, so I have to play it from time to time...

The Gauntlet of Children (TX State Championship)

The Gauntlet of Children (TX State Championship)

NM BlakeyBChess
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10 days ago

A couple weeks back, I made a last-minute decision to play in the Texas State Championship.  On Friday morning, I thought I might just spend my 3-day weekend relaxing at home...and less than 24 hours, later, I'm waking up at 4am to rush to th...

2000$ REMATCH || IM Greg Shahade vs IM Lawrence Trent

2000$ REMATCH || IM Greg Shahade vs IM Lawrence Trent

Bikfoot
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10 days ago

Remember that 1000$ match Greg and Lawrence had two months ago? Yeah, they're going at it again and the stakes are doubled. So cancel your plans and invite all your friends, because you don't want to miss this gem of a match! How did it all star...

A Clash of Active Kings

A Clash of Active Kings

NM CoachJKane
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10 days ago

Hey Chess Friends, I had a recent blitz game where both kings were in danger throughout. It reminded me of World Champion Steinitz's claim that the king was a strong piece, capable of defending itself. We reached a critical position early whe...

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