"Komsomol Chess": an obscure Soviet chess variant

"Komsomol Chess": an obscure Soviet chess variant

Spektrowski
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9 min ago

While reading a huge book about Russian kids' games, I came across two Soviet variants of chess that were introduced in mid-1920s. One of them ("International", developed by Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky, among others) had rules more akin to modern ta...

Announcing: The Streamer Battle League!

Announcing: The Streamer Battle League!

IM ChessDojo
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4 hrs ago

For some time now, armies of chess players have donned their most powerful openings, and rushed into matches-- often dubbed "sub battles"- to represent their favorite streamers and twitch channels. Now, 8 channels are taking this practice to a new...

Playing Too Slow: a Professional's Opinion

Playing Too Slow: a Professional's Opinion

NM danheisman
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1 day ago

One of my former students, Trevor Harley, is a professional psychologist. I told him about my concern about students who play too slow and consistently get into unnecessary time pressure, which costs them game after game. These students know they ...

Master Game Analysis

Master Game Analysis

NM SmarterChess
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2 days ago

Analyzing master games is an important training method for chess improvement. A lot of aspiring chess improvers ask where to find master games and how should they approach reviewing them. For a full review, check out my latest post on how to analy...

Great Attack Miniature (+ Video)

Great Attack Miniature (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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2 days ago

Hi, check friends. Today we analyze a very instructive miniature by Arshak Petrosian (not Tigran Petrosian, the World Champion ). In this game, Petrosian vs Gusev, we can see opposite-side castlings and a great finish. There are three interesting ...

Pawns Adventures

Pawns Adventures

RoaringPawn
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2 days ago

Intended level: late beginner/early intermediate Let us put it bluntly, without us Pawns there would be no chess. Just imagine this possible scenario at the start, there is no phalanx of pawns on the two confronting sides. What would follow? A...

Fred Reinfeld: America's Chess Teacher

Fred Reinfeld: America's Chess Teacher

DonMcKim
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3 days ago

Alex Dunne, Fred Reinfeld: The Man Who Taught America Chess, with 282 Games. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2019. Paper. $45.00.   Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) helped teach me chess. In fact, he was “the man who taught Amer...

Win a won game?

Win a won game?

MidnasLament
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5 days ago

Hello! It's me, Midna!  I mean... er... uh... Stacia Melinda.    And I'm on a mission.  I have been studying hard and ready to prove that I'm better at chess so I'm playing games on chess.com and I'm ready to break 1700. ...

Play Me In A 77-Board Simul For Charity On Oct. 31

Play Me In A 77-Board Simul For Charity On Oct. 31

GM Hikaru
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5 days ago

Would you like to play me in one of the largest online chess simuls ever and help support Doctors Without Borders? On October 31 at 8 a.m. Pacific time, I will be playing 77 opponents in a simul on Chess.com. IM Levy Rozman (twitch.tv/gotha...

New on ChessKid TV: Where & What to Watch!

New on ChessKid TV: Where & What to Watch!

ChessKid
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6 days ago

Hi ChessKids and Parents, There has been a LOT of new ChessKid content lately. With so many new announcements, it can be hard not to miss a few. We've rounded up all of the new ChessKid TV info here so you don't have to look. Our daily content t...

Beauty Prizes Wk of 10/12

Beauty Prizes Wk of 10/12

IM dpruess
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7 days ago

As I posted last week, I have started to award beauty/best game prizes in all Dojo-organized events that I do commentary for. Here are the past week's crop of prize winners; enjoy! The past two weeks I've filled in for Kostya on Sunday Night Fig...

Master Analysis of Your Games #7

Master Analysis of Your Games #7

IM RitvarsReimanis
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8 days ago

Hi All, Nudged by high demand we are back with the series "Master Analysis of Your Games" - episode #7! What has happened since last session? Well, there is a bit of news - finally FIDE approved my IM title, so I can officially call myself an ...

The 'Pillsbury Bind'. Games Out Of My Head!

The 'Pillsbury Bind'. Games Out Of My Head!

simaginfan
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9 days ago

Afternoon Everyone. A few days ago there was an article on this site where the term 'Pillsbury Bind' was used. My memory being what it is, I forget where that was, so feel free to enlighten me! Anyway, the use of that term dragged some games out o...

How to read Chess Books (+ Video)

How to read Chess Books (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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9 days ago

Hi chess lovers. Some friends and students have asked me before how do professional players read Chess Books. This week, I was thinking about this and prepared a post/video with some interesting ideas and advices to read them and get the most from...