London System vs. the Benoni: 3. d5

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. d5

IndreRe
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12 days ago

Last week we started looking at how White can respond to the Benoni move 1. d4, Nf6 2. Bf4, c5 with 3. e3 and 3. dxe5. This week I'll look at the main recommendation, 3. d5, and try to come to some conclusions (at least for myself) as to which is ...

Presentation of new e-book about endgames

Presentation of new e-book about endgames

GM LuckyTiger
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12 days ago

I'm happy to announce that second part of my series Improving the Endgame Technique is already available on Amazon. In near future it will be also available on ForwardChess app (if you do not have this app on your electronic device I strongly reco...

Kenya, Part 1

Kenya, Part 1

GM smurfo
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12 days ago

[Note: This is a cross-post from my blog at www.davidsmerdon.com on my reflections in Kenya. Part 1 isn't about chess.] “Have you been to Africa before?” asked my taxi driver as we left the airport. “Yes,” I ...

Kasparov’s last game

Kasparov’s last game

FM Michel2426
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13 days ago

Hello my chess friends. Have you seen Kasparov’s last game before his official retirement? Well, I was looking at my database, and I found it. This is a historical game. A very interesting game too. I was a child when it happened, it was Lin...

The best game of June

The best game of June

UAArtur
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13 days ago

Hi, there! So, we have four different openings.We have four players of different strengths.And we have four games.Choose one now. Write, please, what game you like more? Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4  W...

Crazy King Walks!

Crazy King Walks!

toucanchess
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14 days ago

The King is the most important piece in a game of chess. After all, if your King is threatened in such a way that escape is not possible (checkmate), the game is over! Therefore, it is usually tucked away early in the game as the other pieces arou...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 9. Vera Menchik.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 9. Vera Menchik.

simaginfan
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16 days ago

In number 8 of this little series, it was suggested that I might post a favorite game by a woman player. By a coincidence, I had been looking at this week's game just a few day before. Spooky!! The wonderful Vera Menchik. A full article goes out...

My good games at this week #22

My good games at this week #22

UAArtur
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16 days ago

Hello, my old and new friends! This week my blitz rating reached 2148, which has never been so high on this site.  I'll open our selection of games this week with a combination of an interesting gambit. The player from th...

Giri outperforms Carlsen in first half 2018 by a hair

Giri outperforms Carlsen in first half 2018 by a hair

NM HanSchut
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17 days ago

With a performance rating of 2855 over the first six months of 2018, Anish Giri inched out Magnus Carlsen (2853). Both Carlsen and Giri started the year off with a strong performance at the Tata chess tournament, where both scored +5. Crucial game...

A new principle

A new principle

FM Michel2426
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17 days ago

Hello everyone. This is something that happens almost every day, in almost all levels. What makes this issue so special, is that even when it is so common, no one has ever written anything about this in any book or article (at least not that I hav...

Towards Success : The First Step

Towards Success : The First Step

MiddlegamerUmesh
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17 days ago

A long time since I wrote, isn't it? Hello Friends!         What was I doing all this while? Since my last blog came out, there's been a lot of change in me, as well as on chess.com. One reason I didn't blog was the bug ...

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5!?

London System vs. the Benoni: 3. e3 and 3. dxc5!?

IndreRe
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17 days ago

It is widely thought by experts that the critical test of the "Neo-London" with 1. d4, Nf6, 2. Bf4 is the Benoni move 2...c5. In this two-part post I want to look at how White can play against this and to try to come to some conclusions (at least ...

Shilling-Kostic gambit

Shilling-Kostic gambit

UAArtur
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18 days ago

Hi! I remember the first game in this gambit well.  My opponent put the knight on c6 and I made a move Bf1-c4 to play the Italian game. I could not believe my eyes. The knight with c6 jumped on d4. I've never heard of i...

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

GM alexcolovic
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18 days ago

An account of my trip to Russia and back. Watching the World Cup was certainly an experience I wanted, though some of the problems that occurred I would have preferred to avoid. Hint: fear of flying is bad. In the end, a selection of Caruana-i...

The Birth, Death and Source of an Idea!

The Birth, Death and Source of an Idea!

kamalakanta
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22 days ago

In a video from 2006, GM Seirawan talks highly about my favorite player, David Bronstein, and how, in 1990, playing in Reykjavik, he played the White side of a Najdorf Sicilian against the famous Walter Browne, a renowned Najdorf Sicilian expert a...

My Favorite Game Of. Number 8. Vladas Mikenas.

My Favorite Game Of. Number 8. Vladas Mikenas.

simaginfan
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23 days ago

In the great tradition of the London bus, no posts from me for ages, then 2 come along at once!! Having done consecutive posts that look in some depth at Lasker's extraordinary qualities, I wanted to post a game that came into my head whilst sit...

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

London System: Dealing with ...Bg4

IndreRe
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23 days ago

A few weeks ago we looked at White's best play when Black plays the copycat with ...Bf5 (see here). In the meantime I visited London for some philosophy, but now it's time to look at another way in which Black can surprise White: by p...

So Much Wrong Here

So Much Wrong Here

NM CoachJKane
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24 days ago

Can you spot everything wrong with this picture? It's a still from Luke Cage Season 2, episode 1. I'm pretty sure that character is supposed to know how to play chess.

The 'Lasker Exchange'. Chess Relativity Theory.

The 'Lasker Exchange'. Chess Relativity Theory.

simaginfan
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24 days ago

The 'Lasker Exchange' !?!? Nope, you have never heard of it, 'cos I just invented the term for this article. Whilst away braving hostile elements - Grandchildren and the British coastline - ( Black against Jon Speelman in blitz is less frighteni...

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