Stamped Out

Stamped Out

batgirl
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5 hrs ago

  As early as 1982 the USCF had already started making preparations for the upcoming events commemorating the centennial of the death of Paul Morphy (1837-1884).  Paul Morphy, as most chess enthusiasts realize, was the most celebrated ch...

Online Chess "Respect"

Online Chess "Respect"

GM Troffy
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6 hrs ago

Over 9 years ago I delved into my thoughts about respect in chess specifically around the idea of when is the appropriate time to resign. It actually turned out to be one of my most viewed and commented on blogs. Likely because no matter what leve...

Player profile: WIM Jesse February

Player profile: WIM Jesse February

WCM rebooks
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15 hrs ago

I recently caught up with the newly-crowned 2019 South African Women’s Chess Champion, WIM Jesse February, to find out her future chess plans, her chess training and advice, and her thoughts on South African chess. As top finisher at the SA ...

6 Ways to Get Positional Advantage

6 Ways to Get Positional Advantage

FM Gertsog
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18 hrs ago

Dear Chess Friends, I’ve already posted 2 articles: About mistakes that beginners make (and, of course, I shared my ideas of how to avoid these mistakes) in Chess. You can find the article here – “4 Typical Mistakes Beginne...

An early Garry Kasparov... Dortmund 1980

An early Garry Kasparov... Dortmund 1980

introuble2
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20 hrs ago

I was browsing through chess magazines online and tracked an article in Tidskrift för Schack [10/1980] on young then Kasparov. He had just won, at the age of 17, the 19th World Junior Chess Championship, held in Dortmund during Aug 1980. Seco...

Electrifying!

Electrifying!

CaliforniaUnicorns
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1 day ago

by David Pruess, manager Last year, GM Daniel Naroditsky played all 10 regular season matches for the team. And in addition to scoring well, he was famous for some really exciting games, such as this, earning him game of the week nominations wee...

Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

Ella Vengerova remembers Fyodor Dus-Chotimirsky

Spektrowski
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2 days ago

Source in Russian: http://screenstage.ru/?p=1885 Dus Fyodor Ivanovich Dus-Chotimirsky with his wife and son lived in our kitchen. Not exactly in kitchen though - beside the kitchen, in the former servant room. The area of that room was 8 ...

A Glimmer of Hope (SA Closed, Pt 2 of 3)

A Glimmer of Hope (SA Closed, Pt 2 of 3)

WCM rebooks
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2 days ago

This is the second part in my series on the games I played in the 2019 South African Closed Chess Championships. Part one can be found here. Part one ended with me on 2 points out of a possible 4, with (in my mind) no hope of winning the tournam...

Seattle City Championship 2020:  A New Beginning

Seattle City Championship 2020: A New Beginning

WCM mkkuhner
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2 days ago

As I said when I wrote this tournament up last year, no one pays any particular attention to the Seattle Championship; it's just a fancy name for an ordinary weekend Swiss.  For reasons that will become apparent, I'm a bit sorry I said that. ...

Bagelization

Bagelization

CaliforniaUnicorns
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3 days ago

by Dana Mackenzie, staff writer Welcome to the first blog post written on my new laptop! I don’t have a chess program on my laptop yet, so I will have to do with some makeshift diagrams and no computer analysis. Maybe that will be a refres...

The Tata Steel Fortress

The Tata Steel Fortress

GM Mikhail_Golubev
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3 days ago

The ending in the game V.Kovalev-J.Van Foreest from Round 9 of the Wiik aan Zee Tata Steel tournament is similar to Golubev-Minasian, USSR U-18 Championship 1985, with the important (I think!) difference that my opponent didn't manage to place his...

The Art of Sacrifice in Chess

The Art of Sacrifice in Chess

ForwardChess
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3 days ago

"A sacrifice is the natural product of the initiative." - GM Ivan Sokolov "Only the player with the initiative has the right to attack." - Wilhelm Steinitz (Former World Champion, 1886-1894) Our BOOK OF THE WEEK is The Art of Sacrifice in Ch...

The "First Pillar" of Opening Preparation

The "First Pillar" of Opening Preparation

NM BlakeyBChess
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4 days ago

Several players have reached out to me in the past few weeks to get access to my EXCLUSIVE training on building a Master-Level Opening Repertoire. (If you haven't, it's still not too late! Click HERE and let me know, and I'll send you the video....

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

kamalakanta
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4 days ago

Sometimes it pays to listen to your father, or even your grandfather! Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov (1921-2010) was a gigantic figure in chess in the 20th Century. He played three matches for the World Championship against Mikhail Botvinn...

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 6 - Bobby Fischer

Weak Squares and Outposts Part 6 - Bobby Fischer

KingsBishop
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4 days ago

As mentioned previously, a weak square's importance is dependent upon one's ability to utilize it. However, a weak square's utility is very much dependent upon its accessibility. Bobby Fischer demonstrates some tactical ingenuity to achieve a stra...

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