Queen Endgames Everyone Should Know!

Queen Endgames Everyone Should Know!

BradenLaughlin
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1 hr ago

     Endgames are undoubtedly a very important part of chess, from understanding how to convert a material advantage to key concepts such as zugzwang or opposition. But how well do you know theoretical endgames? In this blog I would...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 19. Wilhelm Steinitz.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 19. Wilhelm Steinitz.

simaginfan
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1 day ago

My blog output this year has been a bit of a patchwork quilt. Whilst  away for the week I took Hans Renette's magnificent book on Paulsen with me. My friend @kamalakanta recently described it as being a book that is almost a religious experie...

Trying some AlphaZero Ideas in Blitz

Trying some AlphaZero Ideas in Blitz

NM CoachJKane
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2 days ago

Hi Chess Friends, I've recently been reading through Game Changer, a book about AI chess engine AlphaZero, the strongest chess entity to date. Obviously no person can play at the level of the machine, but we can pick up a few of its preferred...

Battle of the streamers

Battle of the streamers

IM MatBobula
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2 days ago

Deathmatches are becoming more and more popular among streamers. It is not only about emotions (who is going to win) but it also gives a great educational content. Viewers can watch games from perspective of both players - it broadens picture. L...

Isn't chess blunderful?

Isn't chess blunderful?

Zeitnot17
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3 days ago

As much as I enjoy chess, I often find it frustrating that virtually every game I play is rife with mistakes. Every time I finish a game, I'm repeatedly reminded of my all-too-human imperfections as soon as I run a Stockfish analysis that "...

How Chess Helps At-Risk Kids

How Chess Helps At-Risk Kids

raync910
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3 days ago

How useful is learning and playing chess for kids, particularly at-risk children? A lot, according to professors of education and nursing, probation officers, counselors, prosecuting lawyers, school teachers and administrators, and judges—in...

Standard #39:  No Like My Pawn?

Standard #39: No Like My Pawn?

MidnasLament
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4 days ago

Here I share a USCF rated game played at the Parma Chess Club in June of 2019 against Anthony Hoag.  Anthony (wisely?) declines my Smith Morra Gambit and we enter a Moroczy Bind type position which then transforms into an IQP (isolated q...

Man vs. Machine, Parts I+II

Man vs. Machine, Parts I+II

the_real_greco
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6 days ago

Deep Blue vs. Kasparov. Deep Junior at Dortmund. Deep Fritz vs Kramnik. Leelenstein vs jjosh? The history of humans playing computers is not a long one. The period in which chess engines and strong human players could compete on level footing wa...

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

GM alexcolovic
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6 days ago

I don't understand why people start with the premise that a draw is bad. When the premise is erroneous then everything that follows cannot be right. The way too many attempts at tinkering with the format of chess tournaments has led to me...

The king move

The king move

GM jhellsten
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7 days ago

One way to gain flexibility in our tactical play, is by moving the king in advance. In this way, not only do we avoid checks, but we also await the opponent´s next step, on which we could base our following actions. Interestingly, this kind ...

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

4NCL with the Celtic Tigers (Part 2)

FM HustleTime
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8 days ago

Hi All, Finally I have pulled myself together to write another blog-post to share my experience in 4NCL. You can see the first part of this blog-series here. P.s. thank you for your comments and messages regards the first blog-post. Your...

Levenfish on Chess Improvement

Levenfish on Chess Improvement

FM ddtru
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9 days ago

While browsing the bulletins of 1942 Kuibyshev tournament I came across an interesting article on chess improvement by Grandmaster Levenfish. Things have changed quite a bit in the 75+ years that followed, and yet the recommendations of this artic...

The Refutation to the C3 Sicilian/Smith-Morra

The Refutation to the C3 Sicilian/Smith-Morra

JapaneseTutor
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11 days ago

Hi all, A blog twice in one week? I know, it seems strange but since I am practising/studying for the World Open, I thought I'd share a nice line I came across. Click here for the Video: https://youtu.be/K_v2cefo4F8 Make sure to watch the ...

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

Why do we accept draws in winning positions?

NM BlakeyBChess
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11 days ago

A couple weeks ago, I made a video for the ChessPathways YouTube channel, analyzing a game for Pierre - one of our members.  He had won this Game Analysis video as part of his prize from the ChessPathways Blitz Streak Challenge, so I was exci...

Smothered mate in practice

Smothered mate in practice

IM MatBobula
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12 days ago

One of the most famous checkmate patterns in chess is smothered mate. Everyone knows it, but have you ever won that way? Or have you ever seen that live? In that post I am going to show you couple examples of smothered mate application. Let's ...

New Video Series

New Video Series

WGM axvesik
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12 days ago

Hi everyone!Check out my latest video series on things you should always/never do during the game. Hope you enjoy them! Why You Should Always Ask What Your Opponent Is Up To: https://www.chess.com/video/player/think-like-your-opponent Why...

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