Find the fastest mate

Find the fastest mate

Zeitnot17
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22 hrs ago

Inspired by my latest series of Mikhail Chigorin's love of chess problems, I'd like to share an interesting position that popped up in a 3/2 blitz game I just played. Find the fastest mate. If you'd like to brush up on this tactic, GM Pat...

A Good Game in a Bad Tournament

A Good Game in a Bad Tournament

FM Cats4Sale
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2 days ago

Something's ailing me. I'm not playing well after coming out of my semi-retirement. Nevertheless I've not completely lost my chess marbles as evidenced by the following beauty that I played in the first round of the Marshall Masters against the am...

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

My Favorite Reads This Quarter: Tons Of Openings

IM IM_Kgwm
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2 days ago

I have just finished two tournaments in Austria, the excellently organised Lienz Open and Graz Open and I am astonished at the number of Caro-Kanns that were played in the latter. Perhaps, it is because the inventor of this opening, Markus Kann is...

PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Eastern Division Playoff Predictions

SFMechanics
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2 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. This post also includes Final Four picks!! This analysis ...

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

PCL Central Division Playoff Predictions

SFMechanics
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2 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Central Division and their playoff prospects. I'll note that throughout the season, I had some misgivin...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems #2

Zeitnot17
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3 days ago

As we discussed in my first post in this series, Mikhail Chigorin loved chess problems.  As editor of Shakhmatny Listok, Chigorin selected the best chess problems for his readers. In my first post, we looked at the first study published in ...

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

PCL Atlantic Playoffs Preview

SFMechanics
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3 days ago

by David Pruess, manager Following the same methodology as in this first post on the Pacific, here is my analysis of the top lineups in the Atlantic Division and their playoff prospects. 1. St Louis Archbishops St Louis Official Accu...

A HUGE Milestone!!!

A HUGE Milestone!!!

NM FLchessplayer
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4 days ago

How many chess games have you played?  I am NOT talking about your ratings ... just the total number of games that you have actually played?  As you can see from this image. I have now played over 100,000 bullet games!!!!!!!!!...

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

PCL Pacific Playoff Preview

SFMechanics
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4 days ago

by David Pruess, Manager I've looked over the 4 pacific playoff teams, looking for lineups that best utilize the players with the strongest performances so far this year-- although in some cases there are still some potentially strong players on...

My good games at this week #57

My good games at this week #57

UAArtur
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5 days ago

Hello, my dear chess friends! This is my new report about my chess games. Do you remember, in My Good Games #52 I introduced you to the new weapon, which was the old Urusov gambit. I actively used it this week. And, I admit, I have some r...

Dog Eats Bunny! My OTB Game Against a Polish GM!

Dog Eats Bunny! My OTB Game Against a Polish GM!

kamalakanta
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6 days ago

Chess can be very embarrassing! In that respect it is very similar to music. You play a wrong note, and EVERYONE hears it. You are completely exposed, and the whole world can judge your performance. Recently I went to Iceland for vacation, and t...

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems

Mikhail Chigorin, the lover of chess problems

Zeitnot17
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6 days ago

Everyone who plays chess seriously recognizes Mikhail Chigorin (Михаи́л Ива́нович Чиго́рин) as one of the greatest players the game has known. Most attention is given to Chigorin's brilliant games and justly so. What has received little, if...

How To Improve Your Chess Visualization?

How To Improve Your Chess Visualization?

damafe
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6 days ago

A chess player needs to train seven fundamental skills. There are: Visualization, Calculation, Tactics, Evaluation, Strategy, Openings and Endgames. One of the most important skills for a chess player is visualization. Visualization is the abili...

A Beautiful Zugzwang

A Beautiful Zugzwang

GM alexcolovic
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6 days ago

Solving studies is never easy, but it is very beneficial. It develops the good habits of disciplined and structured thinking and often demands self-control in a situation where it appears that one side has a lot of options. In such cases ...

Top 5 my games in Slav (Semi-Slav) Defense

Top 5 my games in Slav (Semi-Slav) Defense

UAArtur
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7 days ago

Hello! I am UAArtur, chess amator from Ukraine. I have never had a coach... and my game style was formed without the participation of any classical principles. But only as a result of practical games and original (sometimes even very original)...

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