Critical Challenges

Critical Challenges

Are you ready for a tactical workout?

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. Take this challenge today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Practice tactics from the games of strong American players!
  • Learn from some of the studies that helped make these players great!
  • Improve your tactical abilities in multiple situations!
Deep Blue - Kasparov, Game 1 of 1996 Match

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.
11 Challenges
Browne-Quinteros, Wijk aan Zee 1974

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.
10 Challenges
D. Joseph 1922 Endgame Study

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.
6 Challenges
Variation D. Joseph 1922 Endgame Study

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

A. A. Troitsky 1896 Endgame Study

An endgame study by one of the most famous and prolific of composers, A. A. Troitsky.
5 Challenges
Blatny-Donaldson, US Olympiad Captain IM Donaldson

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

Marc Leski - Art Wang, Long Beach 1995

If you are going down, you might as well go down swinging.
17 Challenges
Art Wang - Zsuzsa Polgar (1), Long Beach 1995

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.
12 Challenges
Art Wang - Zsuzsa Polgar (2), Long Beach 1995

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

The current challenge involves transforming an edge from the opening into a positional advantage in the middle game followed by a further transition into the endgame.
22 Challenges
A Tal Tale by US Co-Champion GM Nick de Firmian

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. Here's his game with Boris Spassky from the Montreal, 1979.
12 Challenges
Kubbel Ending Study

Kubbel Ending Study

Classic Endgame Study
9 Challenges

Critical Challenges

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Released November 16, 2007
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