Tata Steel Masters Rd 1-5: "Black is OK!"

Tata Steel Masters Rd 1-5: "Black is OK!"

CM vinniethepooh
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16 hrs ago

Wijk Aan Zee is not just a tournament. It is a festival, a chess bonanza of sorts. Different categories, different strengths, make it the perfect way to start any year. It's long tradition saw it's names changing from Hoogovens to Corus to Tata St...

How I beat a stronger opponent

How I beat a stronger opponent

FM Michel2426
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18 hrs ago

Hello everyone. I wrote once some tips to beat stronger opponents. In this post I bring a game where I faced a higher rated player, and things were good for me. I wrote some comments and tried to explain some lines. In some way I just got ...

Harry the H-Pawn in the London

Harry the H-Pawn in the London

GM Illingworth
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19 hrs ago

Here are two fun games from the Australian Junior Chess Championships, where Harry the H-Pawn gets involved in some thematic London System attacks.  Two rounds later... And you thought the London System was just a quiet way to ...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 17. Paul Morphy.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 17. Paul Morphy.

simaginfan
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23 hrs ago

A cheery 'Good Morning' to those of you joining me for some more of the innumerable chess games that I have floating around my head. I have taken time off from annotating games for the second part of the Charousek article to add one of Morphy's ...

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

kamalakanta
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1 day ago

Looking for inspiration, to see if I play in the Icelandic Chess Club Championship at the end of February, I find myself looking at Gufeld's games.... And then I found this jewel! I know, I know, beauty is a subjective thing....but when I went...

Miniature #1:  Playing the Scandi... as White!?

Miniature #1: Playing the Scandi... as White!?

MidnasLament
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1 day ago

This is the first in a new series I've been wanting to do for awhile where I will analyze interesting quick or blitz games played solely for the purpose of learning.   In this 3/2 game on chess.com I play 1. e4 and face something interestin...

Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

Bestuzhev Index for Tata Steel

Spektrowski
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2 days ago

Predictions for @tatasteelchess based on "Bestuzhev index" (percentage of points in classical games against each other, as per chessgamescom data). @lachesisq is the only player to have classical games against all 13 opponents, and has best poin...

Saturday Chess (#1)

Saturday Chess (#1)

NM FLchessplayer
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2 days ago

For many years now, a gentleman by the name of Josh Stewart has been running a chess group for children. Originally, I went with my oldest daughter, Ailene. (She is now 22.) Now I am going with my youngest daughter, Angel. (She is a Senior in High...

Day 4 at TATA Steel chess - Won again!

Day 4 at TATA Steel chess - Won again!

Bikfoot
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2 days ago

Greetings! Day 4 at TATA steel chess was a good one for me! I won my game, had dinner with legends and appeared on the official broadcast joining IM Lawrence Trent and IM Anna Rudolph! More on that later in this blog. Day one at TATA...

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Smyslov, 1939

Chess Masterpieces: Keres vs. Smyslov, 1939

NM SamCopeland
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2 days ago

Paul Keres defeated more world champions (9!) than any other chess player. That list includes every world champion from Jose Capablanca through Bobby Fischer. Here is his very first recorded win against a future world champion, Vassily Smyslov. ...

Week 2 Preview v. the Roos

Week 2 Preview v. the Roos

SFMechanics
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2 days ago

With one loss in the books, we turned our attention to the second week's match against the Australia Kangaroos. They don't have the star power of Ding Liren or Caruana+So, but they definitely have two young stars worth keeping one's eyes on: Alexe...

So chess is...

So chess is...

introuble2
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2 days ago

This blog isn't exactly on chess... I've just started searching for chess paintings and images in the web. I've found many many great posts with beautiful collections, some thematic, some with reconstructive intentions of the displayed chess posit...

Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

Tactical Themes: Clearance (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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3 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 explain 5 selected puzzles, where you have to win using Clearance Tactical Theme. We talk about...

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