Connecting The Dots, Thanks To Book On Smyslov

Connecting The Dots, Thanks To Book On Smyslov

kamalakanta
| 14 hrs ago

The recently-published book on Smyslov by Andrey Terekhov, has helped me to understand one of Bronstein's most famous and true utterances: "Do you really believe that I will attack Smyslov, for three roubles a day?" Yes, it was funny when...

Who Is Behind You?

Who Is Behind You?

MomOnaBreak
| 3 days ago

One day, I was all alone in the house with my 2-year-old at the time, daughter Lea. In the spirit of inspiring her to play chess, I was playing a game against, um … myself, on the digital chessboard. Suddenly, Lea asked: “mommy, wh...

Gligoric-Szabo | Isolated pawn | d4-d5 break

Gligoric-Szabo | Isolated pawn | d4-d5 break

IM AttilaTurzo
| 4 days ago

The players with the isolated pawn aims to push and exchange the pawn to get a strong, centralized piece on d5. If black prepares for the d4-d5 break, he can keep the balance. Always need to be ready. In the game Gligoric-Szabo White could play ...

Unzicker-Bronstein, Interzonal 1955.

Unzicker-Bronstein, Interzonal 1955.

kamalakanta
| 5 days ago

Bronstein teaches us how to play the Black side of the Boleslavsky (6....e5 against the 6.Be2 system against the Najdorf) In the 1955 Gothenburg Interzonal, Bronstein dominated the field with 10 wins, 10 draws and no losses!  &n...

Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

Road To My Peak #2: Back Over The Hump

DanielGuel
| 6 days ago

Hi, and welcome back to my blog! So as I've mentioned a few days ago, we're back over our peak USCF rating, hence the blog title! On a serious note, as I've mentioned, peaking is great and all, but there is still a lot o...

Opposite side castling

Opposite side castling

IM MatBobula
| 6 days ago

Positions with opposite side castles are nothing new in chess. They happen quite often, especially for players with a sharp style of playing. Below you will find a couple of principles and puzzles on how to attack and defend when you will get one....

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

FM Gertsog
| 6 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! It’s difficult to overestimate the value of the center in a chess game. The pieces can reach any side of the board just in 1-2 moves if they are located in the center. That’s why the player who controls the center...

The early reviews of my Smyslov book

The early reviews of my Smyslov book

FM ddtru
| 7 days ago

There is nothing more exciting - and at the same time nothing more scary - than to read the reviews of your own book. "The Life and Games of Vasily Smyslov: Volume I - The Early Years: 1921-1948" has been published a few months ago, and I am reall...

Road to My Peak #1: A Golden Opportunity

Road to My Peak #1: A Golden Opportunity

DanielGuel
| 8 days ago

Hi, chess fans! Welcome back to my blog. I am happy to say that after reaching my peak USCF rating last weekend, that this two-part series, "Road to My Peak" is accurate because it actually happened!  Since I last wrote about a ...

Ratings on the Rise

Ratings on the Rise

KingsBishop
| 8 days ago

I have been teaching chess to beginners and intermediate players since 1984. I am happy to report that the progress of my students is always consistent with the work and effort they put into it. The following ratings graphs are selected from some ...