Standard #39:  No Like My Pawn?

Standard #39: No Like My Pawn?

MidnasLament
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2 hrs ago

Here I share a USCF rated game played at the Parma Chess Club in June of 2019 against Anthony Hoag.  Anthony (wisely?) declines my Smith Morra Gambit and we enter a Moroczy Bind type position which then transforms into an IQP (isolated q...

Man vs. Machine, Parts I+II

Man vs. Machine, Parts I+II

the_real_greco
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1 day ago

Deep Blue vs. Kasparov. Deep Junior at Dortmund. Deep Fritz vs Kramnik. Leelenstein vs jjosh? The history of humans playing computers is not a long one. The period in which chess engines and strong human players could compete on level footing wa...

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

GM alexcolovic
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2 days ago

I don't understand why people start with the premise that a draw is bad. When the premise is erroneous then everything that follows cannot be right. The way too many attempts at tinkering with the format of chess tournaments has led to me...

The king move

The king move

GM jhellsten
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2 days ago

One way to gain flexibility in our tactical play, is by moving the king in advance. In this way, not only do we avoid checks, but we also await the opponent´s next step, on which we could base our following actions. Interestingly, this kind ...

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

FM HustleTime
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4 days ago

Hi All, Finally I have pulled myself together to write another blog-post to share my experience in 4NCL. You can see the first part of this blog-series here. P.s. thank you for your comments and messages regards the first blog-post. Your...

Levenfish on Chess Improvement

Levenfish on Chess Improvement

FM ddtru
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5 days 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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7 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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7 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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8 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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8 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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9 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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9 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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10 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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10 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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11 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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11 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 ...

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