The burning question in chess.

The burning question in chess.

NM FLchessplayer
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20 hrs ago

There is a concept/idea ... that you MUST teach to every rank beginner. Further, EVERY good chess player does this ... whether he/she is consciously aware of it or not. And I have asked dozens of really good and well-known chess teachers this ques...

7 Times Chess Players Talked Trash

7 Times Chess Players Talked Trash

NM SamCopeland
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2 days ago

Trash talk is a rich part of chess culture. Born in the coffeehouses and parks where real chess is played, where real men (and women battle) and only cowards turn down a sacrifice, and no one pays a mite of attention to the elements. Here are se...

Nikolai Kuzmin (also known as Karamboll)

Nikolai Kuzmin (also known as Karamboll)

UAArtur
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3 days ago

On December 6, my friend Nikolay Vasilievitch Kuzmin (1963-2018) died. He was an excellent analyst, a chess composer and a strong practical player. Despite the modest title (Candidate Master), being the heir to the Soviet school, he has repeat...

Andras Adorjan- A True Creator!

Andras Adorjan- A True Creator!

kamalakanta
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4 days ago

Andras Adorjan is a supremely creative player, an innovator who influenced both Candidates' Matches and World Championship matches with his original ideas. In this article we will take a look at one of his original ideas in the Queen's Indian De...

Stonewall Dutch

Stonewall Dutch

JapaneseTutor
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4 days ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unoZSyzUmn8   Ever wanted to learn how to play a system for Black against 1.d4? This is your opening! Easy enough and always coming up with new ideas! Let's dive in together and take them pesky 1.d4 play...

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

AlphaZero, Stockfish 10 en Komodo 12.2.2

NM HanSchut
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5 days ago

At the beginning of December Stockfish 10 was released. Stockfish has won the last three unofficial world championships for chess engines (TCEC) and confirmed its dominant position by also winning the chess engine tournament at chess.com recently....

My good games at this week #45

My good games at this week #45

UAArtur
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6 days ago

Hello, my old and new friends! Thanks for visiting my blog. I again approached the level of 2200. This week my rating on chess.com is 2186. This was the result of several interesting games, some of them I will show you now. The week bega...

The wild and woolly world of 960 chess.

The wild and woolly world of 960 chess.

NM FLchessplayer
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6 days ago

I have now played a handful of games of 960 chess. On another site, I lost the first 5-10 games that I played in this variant as correspondence games. And I want to see if I can figure out why,  I also thought it would be fun to post the ga...

Cecil De Vere. 'The English Morphy'. Part Two.

Cecil De Vere. 'The English Morphy'. Part Two.

simaginfan
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7 days ago

Back in Part One, we left the story at the end of the great Baden-Baden tournament of 1870.  Some five months later he took part in the huge City of London Chess Club Handicap Tournament. There were four players - out of the 48 competitors ...

Put first things first

Put first things first

Zeitnot17
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8 days ago

In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey advises us to "put first things first." This puzzle (which is inspired by a position that popped up in a recent 15/10 rapid game) is a helpful reminder of this simple yet powe...

Cecil De Vere. 'The English Morphy'. Part One.

Cecil De Vere. 'The English Morphy'. Part One.

simaginfan
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9 days ago

O.K. A handful of you will have seen the bulk of this article before, but I have, in view of new information and further digging, decided to redo it in two parts. I have also added some notes to all the games. Since my original effort, I have fo...

ih8sens On The "Draw Problem"

ih8sens On The "Draw Problem"

NM ih8sens
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10 days ago

I have a slightly different opinion on this nonsense. What nonsense? Well for those of you who have been living under a rock, Carlsen and Caruana just drew 12 consecutive classical games in their WC match and a bunch of people are screaming that...

The best game of November

The best game of November

UAArtur
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11 days ago

Hello! This blog summarizes the my creative results of November. And I have one question for you. Which game is the best, in your opinion? Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4 Write in commentary number of g...

What Shape is the Elephant? (Part I)

What Shape is the Elephant? (Part I)

kamalakanta
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12 days ago

There is a famous story, which I believe originated in India. Five blind brothers were asking themselves, what is the shape of the elephant? So they decided to find out. They went to the river and touched the elephant. One of the brothers touche...

Chess Masterpieces: Euwe vs. Keres, 1940

Chess Masterpieces: Euwe vs. Keres, 1940

NM SamCopeland
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12 days ago

In 1939/1940, Max Euwe and Paul Keres played a "friendly" match which the chess world followed enthusiastically in light of the current turmoil in the world championship situation. In 1937, Euwe had lost his rematch with Alexander Alekhine, whil...

Tactical Themes: Obstruction (+ Video)

Tactical Themes: Obstruction (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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12 days ago

Hello everyone. As you already know, tactics is a very important aspect of the game if you want to raise your level. In this post, I’m going to try to help you to improve, explaining 5 puzzles, where you have to win using Obstruction Tactica...

WCC 2018 Tie-Break: Magnus Carlsen defends title

WCC 2018 Tie-Break: Magnus Carlsen defends title

CM vinniethepooh
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13 days ago

Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen proved his dominance in speed chess by whitewashing Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in the rapid tiebreaks after all the classical games ended in draws. The World Chess Championship 2018 was a match-up for the ages. Af...

Richard Reti on the Carlsen - Caruana match

Richard Reti on the Carlsen - Caruana match

Spektrowski
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14 days ago

Well, of course I'm joking. Richard Reti wrote the article titled "Some Conclusions: Alekhine vs. Capablanca" in 1928 for Shakhmatniy Listok. Still, many of the things written 90 years ago seems still relevant today, so I think it's worth rep...

Just the basics.

Just the basics.

NM FLchessplayer
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15 days ago

This will be a blog of annotated games ... for the average player ... say 1650 and below! (If you are a higher rated player, please look away, this blog is not for you!)  This is a chance for me to teach and try to help all the lowe...

Endgame Principles - A Beginner's Guide

Endgame Principles - A Beginner's Guide

FangBo
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15 days ago

Hi folks! There are lots of books on the opening, and middlegame strategy is replicated through thematically recurring patterns, but as an intermediate player, the endgame is an area that I have quite neglected. Although there are fewer pieces...

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