Don't Feed the Hippo

Don't Feed the Hippo

GM Illingworth
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6 days ago

A few months ago, I visited Adelaide Zoo and saw many beautiful and interesting animals, including the Hippopotamus. I don't think I'll ever forget Brutus the old hippo - he would spend nearly all his time in the water, lured only by the prospect ...

Kotov's Golden Rook

Kotov's Golden Rook

RoaringPawn
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7 days ago

FROM THE ANNALS OF DIRTY GAMES OF CHESS AND POLITICS Alexander Kotov is a chess mountain. Think his influential "Think like a Grandmaster," or the 1952 Stockholm Interzonal, which he won with a more than brilliant score of 16.5/20, three clear...

Solution to Yesterday's Puzzle

Solution to Yesterday's Puzzle

GM Illingworth
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7 days ago

The post I initially wrote for today ended up being quite long, so I've saved it for tomorrow, and today I'll focus on the solution to yesterday's puzzle. In case you missed that post, here is the position again, with White to play: 9.b4!,...

Топ 5 самых красивых жертв в шахматах

Топ 5 самых красивых жертв в шахматах

Anonymous_Combinator
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7 days ago

Здравствуйте, сегодня я вам покажу 5 партий с очень красивыми жертвами. Я думаю, что жертва в шахматах - это одно из самых важных вещей в этой мудрой игре. Величайшими героями жертв являются Пол Морфи, Александр Алехин, Михаил Таль... Итак, присту...

100 Days of Chess Challenge Starts October 15

100 Days of Chess Challenge Starts October 15

chessnerdbird
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7 days ago

I am excited to announce the return of the 100 days of chess challenge starting on October 15, 2018. The most common tip for chess improvement is to improve your chess tactics. My challenge is designed to improve chess tactics, calculation, visual...

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Korchnoi, 1978

Chess Masterpieces: Karpov vs. Korchnoi, 1978

NM SamCopeland
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8 days ago

There's a certain additional thrill and electricity in games from the world chess championship. With tensions high, two magnificent players at the height of their game battle for a month, trying to break their opponent's sturdy defenses. Tension...

What's Your Chess Improvement Question?

What's Your Chess Improvement Question?

GM Illingworth
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8 days ago

As I am too jetlagged to focus on chess analysis for today, I figured I'd do a different type of blog post today - one where you, the audience, can make your contribution! Feel free to leave a question below on how you can improve as a chess pla...

Two World Champions and a Masterpiece (+ Video)

Two World Champions and a Masterpiece (+ Video)

FM Michel2426
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8 days ago

Hi everyone. Since the moment I saw this game at “The Art of Chess Analysis”, by Jan Timman, I knew I had to cover it in my blog and my channel. There is just too much to learn from it. This was played in 1974 between Anatoly Karpov (w...

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself for Chess Training

3 Ways to Motivate Yourself for Chess Training

GM Illingworth
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9 days ago

As I was flying back to Sydney, bobbing my head to Eminem's 'Revival' album, I started thinking to myself about how I could best encourage my students to do the difficult work, the 'deliberate practice' that makes one a stronger chess player. Wh...

Old Coach Still Has New Tricks

Old Coach Still Has New Tricks

NM CoachJKane
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9 days ago

Hi Chess Friends, A busy work schedule and fatherhood have kept me from playing much lately except for a few online games. That's why it was nice to find a few fun moves while teaching a lesson and then playing a blitz game today. The bl...

Batumi Impressions

Batumi Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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9 days ago

I am not writing about chess this time. I wanted to offer you a glimpse into the world of chess politics. As I didn't play at the Olympiad I was engaged in the social aspect and in an election year this is the most important thing to do. I mus...

Endgame Technique: Some Practical Lessons

Endgame Technique: Some Practical Lessons

EOGuel
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9 days ago

It's a nice relaxing Saturday afternoon. I log on live chess to play a couple of blitz games. A user with a somewhat cool profile picture accepts takes me down in the first game, and I look forward to a rematch with the Black pieces. I thought tha...

The Game of the Century

The Game of the Century

vinniethepooh
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10 days ago

Hello chess lovers! In today's post we are going to see a special game played by Wei Yi, when he was only 16 years old against Bruzon Batista. This match is called by many as 'The Game of the Century'. I encourage you to try and find the mo...

My good games at this week #36

My good games at this week #36

UAArtur
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10 days ago

Hello, my chess com friends! Its still a pleasure for me to show you my games of this week, and I hope that they will also entertain you a little! For start, a one game that may seem a bit ... a little crazy. The fact is that White, using th...

Learning from the games of others

Learning from the games of others

GM Illingworth
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11 days ago

I've noticed that when I analyse a chess game, I tend to have a lot of questions about different moves that could have been played.  So, I have a 'brief check' of what the engine gives, play out some natural-looking 20 move variation to dra...

Bullettime 11 (Tarrasch Defense)

Bullettime 11 (Tarrasch Defense)

FM Michel2426
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11 days ago

Hi everyone. There are some strategic and tactic aspects we can talk about on this bullet game, that’s why I’m sharing it. This time I played Tarrasch Defense. I don’t play it very often, but I have been studying it and I need to...

Finishing touch from the World Champions

Finishing touch from the World Champions

GM janwerle
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11 days ago

From Wilhelm the first to Emanuel the Second, we arrived in this series at  the third world champion: Jose Raul Capablanca. The Cuban grandmaster reigned from 1921 to 1927. Maybe the most glamorous amongst the World Champions, but on the ches...

Learning from your Losses

Learning from your Losses

GM Illingworth
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11 days ago

Now that I have finished the Olympiad, I will share my analysis of one of my games, which contained some interesting moments before an unfortunate blunder on my part. I'm about to head off to the Closing Ceremony for the Batumi Olympiad, bu...

Hunt the king in its castle! #1

Hunt the king in its castle! #1

vinniethepooh
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12 days ago

When a king is sitting pretty in its castle, enjoying snacks and sipping coffee, and suddenly.. BOOM! A cannon drops in and destroys the castle, leading to the death of the Monarch! How? The king is very secured in the palace, but then, the othe...

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