Bangor Chess Congress 2019

Bangor Chess Congress 2019

CM GaborHorvath
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9 hrs ago

The weekend before last I participated in the Bangor Congress 2019, a 6 round rapid tournament which has been revived after a 14 year break, thanks to the energetic organiser, Brendan Jameson and his team. Tournament Organiser/Arbiter Bre...

Bishop vs Knight

Bishop vs Knight

IM MatBobula
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13 hrs ago

In that post, I would like to shed some light on the eternal competition: Bishop vs Knight. Both are called minor pieces are the value is the same: 3 points. But they are moving a different way. Bishop can move a lot of squares but only in one col...

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 2)

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 2)

IndreRe
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1 day ago

Welcome to the second part of our planned 4-part series on the infamous Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. Our aim is to find a Black response that gives us the most "bang for our buck". In the first part we covered some of the "declined" options, 3... e5 (t...

Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

MidnasLament
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1 day ago

I'm the type of person that actually enjoys studying openings way more than I should actually, and as a result I do get a lot of nice positions and sometimes even winning advantages out of the opening!  What more could a chess player dream of...

A heraldic endgame-tablebase composition

A heraldic endgame-tablebase composition

Rocky64
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2 days ago

Last year my Adventures series of blogs examined endgame tablebases, software that provides perfect play information for any positions with up to seven pieces. I reviewed the remarkable capabilities of these programs – they play as God effec...

Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

GM ArnaudovP
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4 days ago

Many interesting endgames were played in the Fide World Cup. I am presenting you 11 challenging position where your task is to find a cunning way to win or draw. Good luck and enjoy it!  Exercises Exercise 1 - Xiong - Giri What...

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

Spektrowski
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4 days ago

A small Soviet sci-fi novella by Aleksandr Abramov, published in 1926. The year is 1927. An elderly mathematician from Moscow claims to have built a true chess automaton that can defeat any human player. What happens if his claims are indeed tru...

How to play when you are losing

How to play when you are losing

IM MatBobula
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4 days ago

Sometimes it happens that the game may not turn out the way you hope. The opponent does not make any mistakes or you blunder something very early - you feel that you are on the track to lose the game. Can you do anything to change your luck? There...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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5 days ago

Another day NOT on the Isle  has me doing a few quick video lessons, highlighting some of the fun, educational takeaways from Round 2 of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss.  Hope you enjoy the written notes to go along with the videos... ...

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

NM CoachJKane
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5 days ago

Today I played a wild blitz game against a slightly higher rated opponent. In an even ending he sacrificed a piece to gain some powerful passed pawns, which led to the position below. I had White and didn't want to passively try to block ...

What is Chess Strength?

What is Chess Strength?

JarlCarlander
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5 days ago

You've probably got that one player, always rated 100 or so points higher than you, who you seem to do well against. If not, then you've definitely got players for whom you are that "good customer"; players with significantly lower ratings who are...

New Chess Song by Juga

New Chess Song by Juga

IM Anna_Rudolf
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6 days ago

Chilean singer Juga just released her 3rd chess song and music video called:TACTICAL As a close friend of Juga, I'm one of those lucky ones who get to listen to her compositions and watch her music videos before anyone. It's quite a privilege, a...

3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

NM BlakeyBChess
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6 days ago

I'm often asked by our ChessPathways members if I think they "have what it takes" to become a Chess Master. While it's certainly not an easy road, I believe that the possibility exists for all who dedicate themselves to it! Are you up for the ch...

A Technical Win

A Technical Win

GM alexcolovic
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7 days ago

The Spanish Division de Honor, their Premier League, took place in Melilla from 30 September to 6 October. I was present during the tournament and had a chance to observe the games as they happened in the playing hall. As it turned out, every ro...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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7 days ago

Each day, I'll be recording a few videos designed to bring you some educational, entertaining insight into a few games or key moments that didn't get as much love as they deserve from the main broadcast. Below is my analysis and videos from Round ...

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