Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

GM ArnaudovP
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1 day ago

Many interesting endgames were played in the Fide World Cup. I am presenting you 11 challenging position where your task is to find a cunning way to win or draw. Good luck and enjoy it!  Exercises Exercise 1 - Xiong - Giri What...

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

"The Death of Chess" (1926)

Spektrowski
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1 day ago

A small Soviet sci-fi novella by Aleksandr Abramov, published in 1926. The year is 1927. An elderly mathematician from Moscow claims to have built a true chess automaton that can defeat any human player. What happens if his claims are indeed tru...

How to play when you are losing

How to play when you are losing

IM MatBobula
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1 day ago

Sometimes it happens that the game may not turn out the way you hope. The opponent does not make any mistakes or you blunder something very early - you feel that you are on the track to lose the game. Can you do anything to change your luck? There...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 2 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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2 days ago

Another day NOT on the Isle  has me doing a few quick video lessons, highlighting some of the fun, educational takeaways from Round 2 of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss.  Hope you enjoy the written notes to go along with the videos... ...

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

NM CoachJKane
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2 days ago

Today I played a wild blitz game against a slightly higher rated opponent. In an even ending he sacrificed a piece to gain some powerful passed pawns, which led to the position below. I had White and didn't want to passively try to block ...

What is Chess Strength?

What is Chess Strength?

JarlCarlander
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2 days ago

You've probably got that one player, always rated 100 or so points higher than you, who you seem to do well against. If not, then you've definitely got players for whom you are that "good customer"; players with significantly lower ratings who are...

New Chess Song by Juga

New Chess Song by Juga

IM Anna_Rudolf
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3 days ago

Chilean singer Juga just released her 3rd chess song and music video called:TACTICAL As a close friend of Juga, I'm one of those lucky ones who get to listen to her compositions and watch her music videos before anyone. It's quite a privilege, a...

3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

3 Signs that you'll be a Chess Master One Day

NM BlakeyBChess
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3 days ago

I'm often asked by our ChessPathways members if I think they "have what it takes" to become a Chess Master. While it's certainly not an easy road, I believe that the possibility exists for all who dedicate themselves to it! Are you up for the ch...

A Technical Win

A Technical Win

GM alexcolovic
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4 days ago

The Spanish Division de Honor, their Premier League, took place in Melilla from 30 September to 6 October. I was present during the tournament and had a chance to observe the games as they happened in the playing hall. As it turned out, every ro...

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss: Round 1 Highlights

IM DanielRensch
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4 days ago

Each day, I'll be recording a few videos designed to bring you some educational, entertaining insight into a few games or key moments that didn't get as much love as they deserve from the main broadcast...These will be titled "Missed On the Isle" ...

4 Steps to Converting a Strategic Advantage

4 Steps to Converting a Strategic Advantage

GM Illingworth
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5 days ago

How does it feel to let another winning position slip through your fingers? You knew you were much better, and yet, you had no idea how to turn that advantage into a win. Not only are you frustrated, but you feel incompetent and weak, and ...

Sharp Sicilian counter-attack

Sharp Sicilian counter-attack

IM MatBobula
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6 days ago

Sicilian counter-attack, also known as the Pin Variation is a very sharp way of playing in the Sicilian Defense. Black immediately develops minor pieces and creates threats in the center. It was played by such strong players like Alekhine, Aronian...

Mikhail Tal, A Positional Player (Introduction)

Mikhail Tal, A Positional Player (Introduction)

kamalakanta
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6 days ago

As chess fans, we are fed bits of information that are easy to digest, but might not always be foolproof: "Tal/Morphy was a tactician" "Petrosian was a positional player" The truth is, no player can ascend the heights of chess performance...

Don't "Assume Exchanges" when Calculating!

Don't "Assume Exchanges" when Calculating!

NM BlakeyBChess
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6 days ago

I'm happy to announce the second winner of our ChessPathways "Tournament Challenge," where I encouraged our members to play long-time-control games and analyze them! Brendan played in the New West Summer Open and scored a respectable 3/5. I enjo...

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 1)

Beating the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit (Part 1)

IndreRe
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7 days ago

I've taken a long time off blogging, but now I'm back! The infamous Blackmar-Diemer Gambit or BDG can arise from at least two move-orders. The most common one is 1. d4, d5 2. e4?!. However, also possible is 1. e4, d5, 2. d4!?. Thus, if ...d5 ...

How to get better at an Opening?

How to get better at an Opening?

FM Geborgenheit
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7 days ago

Hello & Namaste!In the next few posts, I will focus on the "how to" part of chess. To start with, I am writing on the subject of openings. There are a lot of books available on openings that give you knowledge but very little is written about ...

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