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Critical Challenges

Critical Challenges

Challenges by GM's W. Browne, N. de Firmian & Afi Staff This module contains a sampling of challenges produced by various members of Aficionado's staff, shareholders, and endorsers including GM Walter Browne, GM Nick de Firmian, IM John Donaldson, FM Mike Arne, and NM Art Wang.

  • Deep Blue - Kasparov, Game 1 of 1996 Match

    IBM's Deep Blue (White) plays against World Champion Garry Kasparov (Black). This match, and particularly this game, made chess and computer history. Millions of people worldwide followed the match live via the Internet. For the first time ever, a computer...

    • 11 challenges
  • Browne-Quinteros, Wijk aan Zee 1974

    In this challenge I will illustrate what can happen if you move your queen too often in the opening and neglect developing your other pieces. The board position arose after the opening moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 (nowadays 4...Nxd7...

    • 10 challenges
  • D. Joseph 1922 Endgame Study

    This is from an endgame study. I hope you will find the "geometry" and artistry to be as beautiful as I found it to be. It should be noted that without the queens on the board, this position is a draw. White has an obvious advantage that his pawn is advanced,...

    • 6 challenges
  • Variation D. Joseph 1922 Endgame Study

    As Black, you are "on the ropes" -- threatened with an immediate knock-out. Do you have any recourse?

    • 1 challenge
  • A. A. Troitsky 1896 Endgame Study

    An endgame study by one of the most famous and prolific of composers, A. A. Troitsky. White has a bishop and pawn to the good, but if Black can manage to ensconce himself on h8, White's light squared bishop will never be able to oust him. Although this...

    • 5 challenges
  • Blatny-Donaldson, US Olympiad Captain IM Donaldson

    PAVEL RINGS DONALDSON'S BELL This game was played at the Marshall Chess Club as part of the 'Enhance' Grandmaster International in March 1996.

    • 15 challenges
  • Marc Leski - Art Wang, Long Beach 1995

    IM Marc Leski has outmaneuvered NM Art Wang (Aficionado's Managing Director) on the queenside and has nullified Black's pressure on the b-file with the knight on c1. On the other hand, Black's pawn on a6 is vulnerable and White threatens to wreak havoc...

    • 17 challenges
  • Art Wang - Zsuzsa Polgar (1), Long Beach 1995

    NM and Aficionado's Managing Director Art Wang is a heavy underdog against GM Zsuzsa Polgar in the first round of the 16th Annual Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic. White's ambitions in the opening are modest. He merely wants to survive and avoids any...

    • 12 challenges
  • Art Wang - Zsuzsa Polgar (2), Long Beach 1995

    NM and Aficionado's Managing Director Art Wang has survived the opening with GM Zsuzsa Polgar in the first round of the 16th Annual Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic. From an earlier challenge, we have arrived at the end of the opening with a plus for...

    • 22 challenges
  • A Tal Tale by US Co-Champion GM Nick de Firmian

    The ex-World Champion Mikhail Tal played with imaginative flair and unmatched brilliance in attacking games. In this problem you are to find the continuation of his game with Boris Spassky from the Montreal super tournament of 1979.

    • 12 challenges
  • Kubbel Ending Study

    Classic Endgame Study

    • 9 challenges
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