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Reporting on the FIDE Candidates

Reporting on the FIDE Candidates

CMCoachQ
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Hey everyone, I am here in Toronto getting ready for reporting on the FIDE Candidates Tournment. Can't wait to see all of the action live and in person! I wrote a SUB-STACK post about my arrival here in the beautiful Toronto! Had over there to che...

Lessons from the Candidates

Lessons from the Candidates

GM alexcolovic
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With the Candidates Tournament in Toronto underway, I'd like to share some inside information from the previous one in Madrid in 2022, especially as I had a priviledged position to follow it from. As I wrote in my blogpost, I had the privil...

A Century of Chess: New York 1924

A Century of Chess: New York 1924

kahns
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This is the quintessential tournament of the decade — much as St Petersburg 1914 is for the 1910s and AVRO for the 1930s. It included all the leading players of the era, with the exception of Rubinstein, and was a thrilling, fast-paced race ...

Overcoming Our Self-Imposed Limitations To Develop Creative Solutions

Overcoming Our Self-Imposed Limitations To Develop Creative Solutions

GM Illingworth
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A common challenge when trying to improve at something is that we place conditions on what we'll do to improve. ⁣⁣We see limited options (or even only one choice) for overcoming an obstacle because we 𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦. ⁣⁣A c...

A Forced Checkmate for a Champion

A Forced Checkmate for a Champion

sleepyporcyy
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Chess is a game that has been played for centuries. Some people spend years trying to perfect their play while some people make playing amazing moves look so effortless. Unfortunately, some impressive careers are cut short. In the case of Jessica ...

Through the Mirror of Chess is now on Amazon Prime!

Through the Mirror of Chess is now on Amazon Prime!

hsburton1
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Great news! Following strong demand the docuseries Through the Mirror of Chess: A Cultural Exploration is now available on Amazon Prime. Perhaps it helped that the film was the recipient of the Best Documentary Award by Chess Journalists of Americ...

Winner's POV: Nuremberg 1883 Hauptturnier

Winner's POV: Nuremberg 1883 Hauptturnier

Steakanator
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In Winner's POV, we take a look at tournaments from the 19th century and see the games that allowed the top player to prevail. Some tournaments will be known and famous, others will be more obscure - in a time period where competition is scarce, I...

A Puzzle And A Simaginfan Chain Of Thought

A Puzzle And A Simaginfan Chain Of Thought

simaginfan
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Afternoon everyone. Another bit of self-indulgence today .My regular hardy band of readers will know how my head works. One chess idea leads to a stream of games jumping into my head. This week a friend of mine posted a game where I spotted a ni...

THE ROCK SOLID OPENING REPERTOIRE challenge

THE ROCK SOLID OPENING REPERTOIRE challenge

IM MatBobula
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Take part in the daily chess tournament and practice the middlegame positions from the ROCK SOLID OPENING REPERTOIRE! Join here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/rock-solid-opening-repertoire-challenge  The starting position is the Catalan ...

Opening Bomb Diary #32: My New Pet Dragon Line

Opening Bomb Diary #32: My New Pet Dragon Line

NM Anhao
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I've played the Dragon since I was a kid. It's one of those openings that's great to teach to someone starting out, as the pieces come out easily and the ideas are easy to learn. Most people eventually move onto more "refined" Sicilians, but I ...

The Qualities Of The Most Successful Students

The Qualities Of The Most Successful Students

GM Illingworth
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What makes a great student? Over the years, I’ve taught individuals from various backgrounds, each with unique qualities. Reflecting on these experiences, I’ve observed specific characteristics that stand out in those who excel. ⁣...

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