The power of cross-pins

The power of cross-pins

CM GaborHorvath
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11 hrs ago

I decided to write a post about cross-pins because quite a few of my students said that they never heard about the idea before our lessons. Of course, there is nothing new under the sun: while I was collecting material for this post, I discovered ...

White side of the Scheveningen Part 1/2

White side of the Scheveningen Part 1/2

JapaneseTutor
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12 hrs ago

First of all a small puzzle to say good morning! If you would like to skip ahead and go straight to the free videos: Click here Today we are going to learn some plans in the Scheveningen. This is for the White side and part 1 of...

Some games of Victor Ciocaltea

Some games of Victor Ciocaltea

introuble2
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12 hrs ago

Never heard of Ciocaltea before, I've tracked him while searching for Sylvain Burstein, a French promising player of the 1950s with a really short chess career. They faced each other during a chess match between France and Romania played in 1955. ...

Reti's Maneuver and a Race of Pawns (+ Video)

Reti's Maneuver and a Race of Pawns (+ Video)

FM michechess89
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1 day ago

Hey people of the 64 squares kingdom. Have you ever seen a spring between two pawns? In the first endgame of this post we will see one. Actually there will be a Relay Race (just like in Athletics ). In the second and last position we will see a go...

Sicilian Dragon Pawn Structure Guide

Sicilian Dragon Pawn Structure Guide

JapaneseTutor
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2 days ago

If you want to go directly to the video: https://youtu.be/O6iyev0hfdc Today we are going to learn some plans in the Dragon! Refute the lower level Dragon players by understanding the pawn structure and its plans better than your opponent!...

Isle of Man Round 9: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

Isle of Man Round 9: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

IM DanielRensch
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2 days ago

More fun from Round 9 at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss.  The game that took most of my time was, unfortunately, more bad luck for my buddy Eric Hansen. Opening preparation has been his Achilles this event, and his own PRO Chess League team...

Become a Tactical Beast

Become a Tactical Beast

GM ArnaudovP
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3 days ago

Hi guys, my new post is about tactics. In the exercises below, you will find 17 examples from the Fide World Cup. The tests are quite hard but very instructive, some of them were found by the players, but many were missed by the...

Chess For Pandas | Chapter 3 | Chess Fiction

Chess For Pandas | Chapter 3 | Chess Fiction

FM Geborgenheit
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3 days ago

Hello & Namaste! If you missed the first two parts of this ongoing chess fiction series, you can read it here: https://www.chess.com/blog/Geborgenheit/chess-for-pandas-chapter-1-chess-fictionhttps://www.chess.com/blog/Geborgenheit/chess-f...

Craziness in Round 8: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

Craziness in Round 8: FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss

IM DanielRensch
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3 days ago

In Round 8 at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss we had just about everything! To start, the main topic of the round was that we had two players "copying" each other, one removed from the playing hall, and all four players involved playing terrible ch...

Bangor Chess Congress 2019

Bangor Chess Congress 2019

CM GaborHorvath
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4 days ago

The weekend before last I participated in the Bangor Congress 2019, a 6 round rapid tournament which has been revived after a 14 year break, thanks to the energetic organiser, Brendan Jameson and his team. Tournament Organiser/Arbiter Bre...

Bishop vs Knight

Bishop vs Knight

IM MatBobula
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4 days ago

In that post, I would like to shed some light on the eternal competition: Bishop vs Knight. Both are called minor pieces are the value is the same: 3 points. But they are moving a different way. Bishop can move a lot of squares but only in one col...

Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

MidnasLament
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5 days ago

I'm the type of person that actually enjoys studying openings way more than I should actually, and as a result I do get a lot of nice positions and sometimes even winning advantages out of the opening!  What more could a chess player dream of...

A heraldic endgame-tablebase composition

A heraldic endgame-tablebase composition

Rocky64
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6 days ago

Last year my Adventures series of blogs examined endgame tablebases, software that provides perfect play information for any positions with up to seven pieces. I reviewed the remarkable capabilities of these programs – they play as God effec...

Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

Endgame Challenge - Train Like a GM

GM ArnaudovP
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8 days 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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8 days 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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8 days 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...

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