Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

DanielGuel
| 2 hrs ago

Hi, and welcome back to my blog! So as I've mentioned a few days ago, we're back over our peak USCF rating, hence the blog title! On a serious note, as I've mentioned, peaking is great and all, but there is still a lot o...

Opposite side castling

Opposite side castling

IM MatBobula
| 12 hrs ago

Positions with opposite side castles are nothing new in chess. They happen quite often, especially for players with a sharp style of playing. Below you will find a couple of principles and puzzles on how to attack and defend when you will get one....

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

FM Gertsog
| 16 hrs ago

Dear Chess Friends! It’s difficult to overestimate the value of the center in a chess game. The pieces can reach any side of the board just in 1-2 moves if they are located in the center. That’s why the player who controls the center...

The early reviews of my Smyslov book

The early reviews of my Smyslov book

FM ddtru
| 1 day ago

There is nothing more exciting - and at the same time nothing more scary - than to read the reviews of your own book. "The Life and Games of Vasily Smyslov: Volume I - The Early Years: 1921-1948" has been published a few months ago, and I am reall...

Road to My Peak #1: A Golden Opportunity

Road to My Peak #1: A Golden Opportunity

DanielGuel
| 2 days ago

Hi, chess fans! Welcome back to my blog. I am happy to say that after reaching my peak USCF rating last weekend, that this two-part series, "Road to My Peak" is accurate because it actually happened!  Since I last wrote about a ...

Ratings on the Rise

Ratings on the Rise

KingsBishop
| 2 days ago

I have been teaching chess to beginners and intermediate players since 1984. I am happy to report that the progress of my students is always consistent with the work and effort they put into it. The following ratings graphs are selected from some ...

FINALLY! After Three Years...

FINALLY! After Three Years...

DanielGuel
| 4 days ago

Howdy, chess fans! 🤠 I hope that you are having a great weekend! I have some important updates for you. If you've been tracking my progress for days, months, years, or since I started my blog, this is going to be some exciting stuff! ...

Berlin 1919 Four Masters... I just found a photo

Berlin 1919 Four Masters... I just found a photo

introuble2
| 4 days ago

A follow-up of my recent blog on chess during WWI. After the Great War was over, Bernhard Kagan organized a four-player tournament in Kerkau-Palast, Berlin. It lasted from Feb 21 to 26, 1919, and Bogoljubov won with 5/6. table from TNS 3/1919,...

Gligoric-Pomar | Isolated pawn | d4-d5 break

Gligoric-Pomar | Isolated pawn | d4-d5 break

IM AttilaTurzo
| 4 days ago

When a player plays against the isolated pawn, he need to block it or need to be ready to deal with the situation when it is pushed. In the game Gligoric-Pomar, black developed his bishop to the passive d7 square, which created disharmony in the b...

Botwinnik-Vidmar | Isolated Pawn | f2-f4-f5 push

Botwinnik-Vidmar | Isolated Pawn | f2-f4-f5 push

IM AttilaTurzo
| 5 days ago

When the isolated d4 pawn is blocked by a piece on d5, then white needs a new strategy. He can use the e5 square for a strong knight outpost and f2-f4-f5 can undermined the d5 blockade. World Champion Mikhail Botwinnik used the power of the ligh...

Chess, Guns, And Roses

Chess, Guns, And Roses

MomOnaBreak
| 5 days ago

It’s 1985. Somewhere, on the outskirts of beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, stands tall an apartment building. Somewhere in that building lives an ordinary family – father, mother and a 5-year-old son, Alexander. They call him Sasha...

Chess Celebrities vs. Celebrity Bots

Chess Celebrities vs. Celebrity Bots

CM AdviceCabinet
| 6 days ago

Welcome to the final instalment of the three-part series on chess.com bots. Previously, I’ve written about both the chess.com bots and adaptive bots. Now, I will discuss the final topic in this series – Chess Celebrities vs Celebrity B...

Royal Squares and Active Moves

Royal Squares and Active Moves

KingsBishop
| 7 days ago

The following position was reached in a recent game by NostraPawnus, one of my students: When your opponent's King is exposed, you should have an inner sense that alerts you to the possibility that checkmate is nigh at hand. This is especiall...

Webinar 80. Learn from Ian Nepomniachtchi

Webinar 80. Learn from Ian Nepomniachtchi

FM Gertsog
| 7 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Do you know the procedure how players become world champions? The Challenger has to play a match with the current World Champion (currently Magnus Carlsen). But how to define the challenger? For these purposes FIDE conducts...