The gates of paradise

The gates of paradise

Zeitnot17
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1 day ago

Here's a totally different type of chess puzzle for you to solve. I invite you to post your answers in the comments. The less I say about this puzzle now, the better. I'll leave it to you to figure out even what type of puzzle it is.  ...

My good games at this week #66

My good games at this week #66

UAArtur
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1 day ago

Hey! I am glad to announce that this week brought me new chess records. Look at the squally attack that a player from Russia has undergone, having chosen Van Geet Opening against me. This is a good choice if you want to stun the oppo...

Introducing the SCC Prediction Nerds Club!

Introducing the SCC Prediction Nerds Club!

NM SmarterChess
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1 day ago

Do you enjoy watching the SCC?  Do you like to make predictions on the SCC matches?  We've got the club for you.  The SCC Prediction Nerds club is a group dedicated to discussing the SCC matches, and logging predictions.  Predi...

The Curse of the Chess Book 'Second Edition'

The Curse of the Chess Book 'Second Edition'

GM smurfo
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2 days ago

Do you remember in school or during further studies, the dilemma of deciding which edition of a textbook to buy? As a poor student, I always found it scandalous that the most recent edition carried a hefty price tag that, as far as I could tell, o...

Sochi Impressions

Sochi Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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2 days ago

Several days ago I was invited to open the first Archibald Chess Professional tournament, organised by the Archibald Chess Company in Sochi, Russia. While I didn't get to see much of Sochi, there was plenty of action on the boards. It is so much...

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

GM alexcolovic
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3 days ago

Or perhaps I should have named this post "How to Make a Draw Among Friends?" The tournament in Ivory Coast, part of the Grand Chess Tour, saw the game Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi in Round 1. It featured the Gothenburg Variation of the Najdorf. A l...

Broken Tactics

Broken Tactics

NM CoachJKane
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4 days ago

Hi Chess Friends, Since having a kid I haven't had the time or focus to compete in tournaments, so most of my play has been blitz right here on chess.com. I've noticed that as I've gotten more adept at the traps in my current openings a clear...

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Zeitnot17
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5 days ago

At times it seems like no one knows how the knight moves. Even masters find it hard to explain. Howard Staunton, the man who gave us the English opening, said that the knight's "move is one square in a straight line, and one in an oblique dire...

Coming back from Capablanca Memorial

Coming back from Capablanca Memorial

FM michechess89
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6 days ago

Hi my chess friends. Capablanca Memorial just finished some hours ago in Havana. There was an Open and an Elite Group of six strong players (where Ivanchuk, Adhiban, Anton and Sevian where the most rated ones). There were also two kids' groups. As...

Composing endgame studies

Composing endgame studies

GM jhellsten
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6 days ago

Solving endgame studies is known as an excellent way to improve your calculation skills. But what about composing them? I have always had a weakness for this activity, and I believe it can help your tactical vision (move orders, intermediate moves...

My good games at this week #65

My good games at this week #65

UAArtur
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8 days ago

Hello! Regular readers of my blog may remember interesting and rare opening what I learn to play, the Urusov gambit. I already posted interesting games in it, but here are a few more games where my opponents made some dramatically mistakes and...

" The Time Has Come to Speak of Many Things"

" The Time Has Come to Speak of Many Things"

kamalakanta
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9 days ago

" Weak squares, neuralgic pointsAmazing tactics, pain in your joints!Wild gambits to take the initiative,Slow maneuvers to make you pensive! Wild tactics and great imagination, Almost faster than the Earth's rotation!Wins and losses, ratings poi...

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers

FM HustleTime
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10 days ago

Hi All,It's been a while since my previous blog posts - other things got in the way, hadn't been really playing much nor working on my chess really, hence nothing to write. However, over a year ago I moved to Edinburgh, Scotland and this made...

Carlsen's Sveshnikov

Carlsen's Sveshnikov

GM alexcolovic
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11 days ago

Bobby Fischer said that a turning point in his career came when he realised that he can play for a win with Black too, even against the strongest players. I assume that this realisation must have happened during the period 1960-1963, because at ...

Gufeld- Irrepressible Creative Force!

Gufeld- Irrepressible Creative Force!

kamalakanta
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12 days ago

Intuition can be used in many ways. All of my best life-decisions have been intuitive. I also use intuition when I do music. But today intuition took another role! I have about 200 chess books in my book shelve. Today I chose a book at random, a...

A weapon against the King's Indian

A weapon against the King's Indian

GM jhellsten
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12 days ago

The King's Indian might not be as popular today as back in Kasparov's days, but it remains a very dangerous and complex opening for White to deal with. One critical reply is the Bayonet Attack (9.b4), popularized by Kramnik. Another popular choice...

Standard #38: A Challenger Emerges

Standard #38: A Challenger Emerges

MidnasLament
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12 days ago

Here I present a game played against fellow YouTuber Bryan Castro of Better Chess Training!  We are of similar rating although I suspect he's a decent amount stronger than myself, but nonetheless I took up his challenge.    We agree...

Game analysis #7 - Losing a playable endgame

Game analysis #7 - Losing a playable endgame

CM GaborHorvath
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12 days ago

Freehealthcare published this game on the forums, asking why he lost the endgame, as it did not look so bad. Well, the main reason was apparently a misplaced rook on b2 that got into trouble.  We all have heard that we should develop our...

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