The Queen's playing chess with the devil...

The Queen's playing chess with the devil...

introuble2
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3 hrs ago

The head photo is a detail from the ceiling of the Sala de los Reyes of the Granada Palacios Nazaries (Alhambra) [in wikicommons]. No direct connection with my topic, but I think a beautiful visualisation of my head title. The material of this blo...

FIDE Grand Prix: Russia vs Russia in Russia!

FIDE Grand Prix: Russia vs Russia in Russia!

CM vinniethepooh
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13 hrs ago

Russia may not be the absolute powerhouse it was before, with countries like India and China taking over, but it still remains a big force to reckon with.  Another world championship cycle has commenced, with the first leg of FIDE Grand Pri...

My good games at this week #67

My good games at this week #67

UAArtur
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1 day ago

Hola!Today I have a few games that helped brighten me up this week. It all started with an interesting mistake that happened behind the board against the FIDE Masters from Germany Christian Aepfler (FIDE 2257). It seems our blitz game was so f...

So... What's Been Up With Me?

So... What's Been Up With Me?

EOGuel
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2 days ago

So... I know it's been a while since I formally wrote to you. I started a series which many (including myself) were expecting good things from, and a second post has not come up. Where have I been? Why have I not been writing to you? ...

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

Tough Times For Snowballs At PRO Chess Finals

IM DanielRensch
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3 days ago

First, I must acknowledge a delay in telling this important story, and attempt to proactively answer your questions of "why wait to tell us this," before you start reading. What I'm about to share truly is upsetting. It hurts not just for t...

Short and Sweet Najdorf

Short and Sweet Najdorf

GM alexcolovic
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3 days ago

Normally when it is sweet we want it to last and this particular one lasts for 50 minutes. Does it qualify as short then? You probably realise by now that I'm talking about Chessable's Short & Sweet courses that are free and provide a short ...

Video Update of My Najdorf Repertoire

Video Update of My Najdorf Repertoire

GM alexcolovic
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5 days ago

After the release of my Najdorf repertoire for Chessable I received a lot of positive feedback - people were happy with what I managed: to condense the Najdorf to a manageable size. You can read the details in my previous post where I outlined m...

Studying Chess Tactics

Studying Chess Tactics

raync910
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5 days ago

Written for a grandchild and sharing on this blog: Are chess tactics important, and how often should you study them? Studying tactics is a great way to improve chess skills. Along with playing games to give actual experience, the study of t...

Look at the whole board!

Look at the whole board!

GM jhellsten
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6 days ago

One common reason for tactical failure is the lack of attention to the whole board. In the heat of the battle, we often focus, subconsciously or not, on a specific zone of the board, where the "action" is. Needless to say, this can have disastrous...

The gates of paradise

The gates of paradise

Zeitnot17
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7 days ago

Here's a totally different type of chess puzzle for you to solve. I invite you to post your answers in the comments. The less I say about this puzzle now, the better. I'll leave it to you to figure out even what type of puzzle it is.  ...

My good games at this week #66

My good games at this week #66

UAArtur
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7 days ago

Hey! I am glad to announce that this week brought me new chess records. Look at the squally attack that a player from Russia has undergone, having chosen Van Geet Opening against me. This is a good choice if you want to stun the oppo...

Introducing the SCC Prediction Nerds Club!

Introducing the SCC Prediction Nerds Club!

NM SmarterChess
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8 days ago

Do you enjoy watching the SCC?  Do you like to make predictions on the SCC matches?  We've got the club for you.  The SCC Prediction Nerds club is a group dedicated to discussing the SCC matches, and logging predictions.  Predi...

The Curse of the Chess Book 'Second Edition'

The Curse of the Chess Book 'Second Edition'

GM smurfo
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8 days ago

Do you remember in school or during further studies, the dilemma of deciding which edition of a textbook to buy? As a poor student, I always found it scandalous that the most recent edition carried a hefty price tag that, as far as I could tell, o...

Sochi Impressions

Sochi Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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9 days ago

Several days ago I was invited to open the first Archibald Chess Professional tournament, organised by the Archibald Chess Company in Sochi, Russia. While I didn't get to see much of Sochi, there was plenty of action on the boards. It is so much...

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

GM alexcolovic
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10 days ago

Or perhaps I should have named this post "How to Make a Draw Among Friends?" The tournament in Ivory Coast, part of the Grand Chess Tour, saw the game Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi in Round 1. It featured the Gothenburg Variation of the Najdorf. A l...

Broken Tactics

Broken Tactics

NM CoachJKane
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10 days ago

Hi Chess Friends, Since having a kid I haven't had the time or focus to compete in tournaments, so most of my play has been blitz right here on chess.com. I've noticed that as I've gotten more adept at the traps in my current openings a clear...

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Ain't it funny how the knight moves

Zeitnot17
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11 days ago

At times it seems like no one knows how the knight moves. Even masters find it hard to explain. Howard Staunton, the man who gave us the English opening, said that the knight's "move is one square in a straight line, and one in an oblique dire...

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