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  • Tal's Sacrifices Explained

    "When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down.'" -Mikhail Tal (1936-1992)  Neither Mikhail Tal's life, nor his personality, nor his playing...

  • Never Resign Prematurely!

    Throughout my chess career, I have resigned in several different ways. During my very first games with my brother, I - well, I resigned by knocking the pieces over in disgust. In my first tournaments, I flicked...

  • Desperado Defense

    "Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before," quipped American actress Mae West in 1936. So it is with defending bad positions in chess. One cannot deny that in the majority of cases, the best...

  • Do People Learn From Their Mistakes?

    • GM Gserper
    • May 25, 2014, 12:34 PM

    The question in the title of the article might sound stupid. We are called Homo Sapiens for a reason: translated from Latin it means "Wise Man." By accumulating the knowledge of the previous generations, humankind...

  • How to Avoid Blunders, Part 2

    Last week, I discussed a three-step method which you can (and should) apply to every move you are planning to make in a complex position to diminish the risk of blundering. As promised, today, we will actually test...

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  • The anti-kid strategy in action: Challenger's Cup Round 2

    I think this paragraph is really unnecessary. Who cares about who took the photos! Obviously I took them. Do you see that evil kid looking at the camera? That's right, I have a anti-Anthony strategy!  I can't believe...

  • Free Will, Predestination, and Chess

    I've been waiting to advance. I'm stuck on the second rank, defending all the major players in the game. There's not much else to do in life when you are stuck in this position. Tell me, do you believe in free...

  • A missed opportunity: FIDE Invitational Round 5

    There's always a nice thing with being last place in a tournament. You can figure, at least it won't get worse! And that was the correct type of thinking to have. Even though it is completely false. It really can...

  • Supercharge my chess - day 5

    Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.  You can read about the past days:   Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4    My goals:  1. I want to study chess in an...

  • Recovering from a Blunder

    BLUNDERS!! The deadly word that haunt every chess player. From novices to super GMs everybody  has blundered in chess at one point or other. Still fresh in memory is the final game between GM Svidler vs Karjakin,...

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