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  • Chess Books And Youth vs Old Age

    • IM Silman
    • Sep 29, 2016, 3:30 AM

    Sitting in a coffee shop in Tokyo that’s little known but adored by those who frequent it, I was staring at the most beautiful and delicious cappuccino on Earth. This was my second one, but before...

  • The Best Of The Old And New Schools

    Occasionally I run into players who think that Bobby Fischer "did it all by himself." I.e. he locked himself in his room, studied chess until he was world class, and then burst onto the tournament scene. Uh, no. Every...

  • Fighting For Initiative

    Seizing the initiative is not something that just happen. There's a strategy to gaining the initiative. However, the importance of playing aggressively doesn't justify reckless abandon. In this series, learn...

  • The Positional Threat

    When you think of the word "threat," what comes to mind? A threat of checkmate, perhaps? A threat to trap your piece? An indirect threat against your queen?  Whatever your specific mental representation,...

  • You Are Important!

    When we were learning how to play chess, most of us dreamed about becoming next Capablanca, Fischer or Kasparov one day. Alas, the sad reality is that 99.999 percent of us will never become one of the chess gods. Should...

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  • Game 6: Huebner v. Podgaets

    And here it is! Thanks to some very responsive support from Chessbase, I can go forward with game six now. This is an exceptionally complicated one. In truth, I feel less confident in my analysis of this game than...

  • Another legend is gone. (Taimanov)

    GM Mark Taimanov;  1926-2016. (Cdc story.) I was in the military when I was a young man ... and I was fortunate to travel the world on the government's dime. Back in the 1980's, I attended (as a spectator) many...

  • No Games Due Chessbase or Chess.com Problem

    I updated to the latest version of Chessbasen 13.  I analyzed a game for this blog.  The chess.com tool says it is not a valid PGN file.  So I cannot add new games to this blog.     I have contacted Chessbase and...

  • WCC, Game Eight

      WCC/November, 2016/NY/Game #8.  Before this match started, everyone assumed that it ... "was not a matter of if Carlsen would win, only when," as one famous GM tweeted. (I also am friends with Jesse Kraai, and...

  • Scacchi nelle scuole primarie: sono davvero utili? I risultati di due ricerche a confronto

    __   Introduzione La domanda di base da porsi è: può una ricerca costata molte centinaia di migliaia di sterline e realizzata a regola d’arte essere ignorata? Sembra proprio, infatti, che in Italia sia “stranamente”...

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  • Mark Taimanov: 1926-2016

    In the night between Sunday and Monday, Mark Taimanov died in St. Petersburg at the age of 90. He was a world-class player for decades and one of the participants of the legendary Zurich 1953 Candidates'...

  • Carlsen Presses But Karjakin Holds In World Champs 1st Round Draw

    The Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson made the first move of the 2016 world chess championship, but his principled 1. d4 wasn't the story. Rather, it was what followed one move later. Less than a minute into...

  • Chess24 Wins Court Case; Agon To Appeal

    The Commercial Court of the City of Moscow rejected AGON's claim that Chess24 was not allowed to transmit the moves of the Candidates' Tournament. Agon will appeal that decision. Shortly before the...

  • 42nd Chess Olympiad Starts In 2 Days

    We're only two days away from the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. The opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday,  September 1; the first round will be played on Friday.  About...

  • Can You Out-Solve The World's Best Solver?

    Earlier this month GM Kacper Piorun won his 4th World Solving Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. The problems he had to solve were pretty tough, but you can give it a try! Solving chess problems...

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