Announcing my Retirement from Competitive Chess

Announcing my Retirement from Competitive Chess

GM Illingworth
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17 hrs ago

Hello chess friends, I've been playing chess for two decades now, and I'd like to announce my retirement from classical tournaments (with the exception of the forthcoming 2019 FIDE World Cup, which I just qualified for).  Some of you may ...

Merchandise Sale!

Merchandise Sale!

ChessBrah
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20 hrs ago

Just wanted to let everyone know that this weekend you can get 20% off everything in our store! Just make sure to enter 'ANISH' as the promo code when you check out. You can find the links below! WORLDWIDE STORE EU STORE

Quick PRO Chess Standings Update

Quick PRO Chess Standings Update

SFMechanics
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22 hrs ago

By Dana Mackenzie, Staff Writer When I wrote my last post I couldn’t tell yet how much the San Francisco Mechanics had moved up in our division of the PRO Chess League. Now Thursday's two Battle Royales are in the books, and the league sta...

Endgame Domination Puzzle

Endgame Domination Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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1 day ago

I have been pretty busy tonight, so today's blog post will be a short one! One of the themes I find really beautiful in chess is domination - namely, seeing a small unit dominate an equivalent or higher-value force. You can find many exa...

What has Been and What is to Come in 2019

What has Been and What is to Come in 2019

IndreRe
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2 days ago

Hi Everyone, My last post was written in early November. What has happened in the meantime? A lot, both in chess-life and life in general. I decided to kick off this year's blogging with a more personal post than usual, telling you a bit abou...

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

The One-Trick Pony that Runs Many Laps

GM Illingworth
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2 days ago

Earlier today, as I was playing my Round 6 game at the Oceania Zonal, I was sitting beside a game between two strong club players (rated in the 1900-2100 range), watching events unfold with interest. The game started as follows: At this ...

Amazing line in a game from Batumi

Amazing line in a game from Batumi

FM Michel2426
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2 days ago

Hi everyone. I had seen this game before, as they were playing the Olympiad. I didn’t analyze it too much in that moment, but today that game came to my mind; I found it again and analyzed it with some engine. The lines here are spectacular,...

Adult Improvers: Are you mentally ready for battle?

Adult Improvers: Are you mentally ready for battle?

NM HanSchut
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3 days ago

At the end of January Vladimir Kramnik announced his retirement from chess at the age of 43.  In an interview with Marina and Sergey Makarychev he stated the following: “I felt I could no longer give my all. I still, as before, have a r...

Great Grunfeld Endgame

Great Grunfeld Endgame

GM Illingworth
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3 days ago

In this post, I will show some interesting tactics and ideas from a Grunfeld endgame that was played in the 2017 World Rapid Championship! Rather than present one really long game annotation, as I've done in previous posts, I have broken this on...

David Bronstein's Birthday

David Bronstein's Birthday

UAArtur
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3 days ago

Today (19th of February) is a birthday of legendary chess player David Ionovich Bronstein (1924-2006) Grandmaster (1950), Champion of USSR (1948, 1949), 4-times Olympic Champion (1952, 1954, 1956 і 1958). Bronstein is one of the greatest pl...

My favorite miniature of chess?

My favorite miniature of chess?

NM FLchessplayer
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4 days ago

I have a web page on the best/greatest chess miniatures of all time. (http://www.ajschess.com/lifemasteraj/short_games.html) On that page is a list of the ten greatest chess miniatures of all time.  But what is my favorite short game of che...

Reviewing Round 1 Aeroflot Openings

Reviewing Round 1 Aeroflot Openings

GM Illingworth
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4 days ago

For today's blog post, I will do something a bit different, and try to explain the opening choice of Wei Yi in his first round of an open tournament (played live at the time of writing). Well, this is from Round 1 of the 2019 Aeroflot Open...so he...

Is Puzzle Rush getting harder?

Is Puzzle Rush getting harder?

NM FLchessplayer
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4 days ago

When I first started Puzzle Rush ... I was averaging close to 25. I am 100% certain there were a LOT of easy mates and stuff, I do not seem to be seeing as much of that now. (It seems that there USED to be a lot of "mate-in-one-moves" and {easy} b...

Tal's Greatest Game?

Tal's Greatest Game?

NM FLchessplayer
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5 days ago

GM Mikhail Tal is one of the greatest players who ever lived. You cannot call yourself a true chess fan if you have never looked at one of his games! He set the world on fire in the late 1950's and early 1960's with his dazzling brilliance and ele...

Most Amazing Move in Chess History (+ Video)

Most Amazing Move in Chess History (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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5 days ago

Hello chess people. Which is the best move in chess history? In this post I am going to answer that question (well, I am going to try). Actually is too complicated, but today I bring a game with a great winning move, something different, something...

When They're About to Castle...

When They're About to Castle...

GM Illingworth
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5 days ago

...play the best move! On a more concrete note, here's my puzzle for today! It is White to move in the position below: I'll post the solution in the comments in about 24 hours, good luck!  If you're finding this puzzle difficult, f...

Vladimir Makogonov. Some Games and Photographs.

Vladimir Makogonov. Some Games and Photographs.

simaginfan
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6 days ago

Happy weekend everyone! A short while ago my friend @Zeitnot17 posted the start of what promises to be a wonderful series here The name of Vladimir Makogonov came up there, which was sufficient for me to go back into his games and quickly - it...

February RAFFLE!

February RAFFLE!

ChessBrah
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6 days ago

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