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Superior Pawn Structure?

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

According to Ketevan Arakhamia Grant, who annotated this game for Chess Informant 124, White has the upper hand in this position. Black to move After 29.b3 The game was played in the first round of the 2015 Women's World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Show More Summary

Playing with Rooks

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lessons for both my beginners and advanced students focused on rooks this week. For the beginners, the lesson focused on an elementary checkmate. The advanced students learned the basic plans for defending the Philidor Position. Checkmate...Show More Summary


White played the strongest move in this position from Marovic -- Pomar Salamanca, Espana 1969, Chess Informant 7/505. White to move I will respond to solutions left in the comments section below.

Find the Only Move

These positions arose in Simon Williams' commentary on Gelfand -- Nakamura 2010 in his video "Hikaru Nakamura Teaches the KID" on first position arose in three games. Once, White found the correct move. FM Delisle Warner was White in that game, scoring an upset win against IM Kevin Denny. Show More Summary

Fried Liver Attack

In the second week of after school chess club, my beginning group doubled in size and includes several who have never played chess. While emphasizing how the pieces move and other first things, I showed the group Gibaud -- Lazard 1924,...Show More Summary

Pawn Race

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I had this position and the move in a tournament game in 2015. Black to move

Converting the Advantage

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The most difficult part of chess is to win a won game.Wilhelm SteinitzI might have won my last round game in the Eastern Washington Open on Sunday, which would have given me an even score for the event. My game had been comfortable throughout and my position was never worse. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A new scholastic chess season has begun. The first tournament for Spokane's youth will be held October 22. My chess clubs started this week. For my beginning students, we looked at three instructive miniatures from the Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2014). Show More Summary

Disaster Against the French

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Regular readers know me as a devotee of the French Defense. I took it up in 2003 because I was tired of losing to it. I do better with the White pieces now, but still prefer the Black side and often struggle when playing White. ThisShow More Summary

Learning Old Ideas Anew

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Games played by others are a source for ideas in one's own games. That is why many chess players go through hundreds of games month after month. With enough source material, some ideas should prove useful. Sometimes new games offer reinforcing lessons on old ideas.This position was reached in Padeiro -- Rico, Lisbon 2015. Show More Summary

Protect the King

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A game brought to my attention by a video lesson by Dejan Bojkov on offers a nice display of Ann Chumpitaz's king hunting skill. The game was played in the Continental Championship in Lima, Peru last February. White to move Can you work out the winning combination?


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mark Dvoretsky, Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, employs the term tragicomedy for instructive endgames where serious errors were committed, often by strong players. As I am working my way through Chess Informant 128, now knowing that I will...Show More Summary

Playing by Intuition

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Yesterday, I was showing an ending from a blitz game to an adult student. As he does not play blitz, he seemed skeptical of the value of understanding errors that were made because they were played without thought.It was a challenging teaching moment for me. Show More Summary

Panic Mode

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Effects of Bullet Chess After playing too many bullet games over the past few days, I played instant moves during a critical phase of a rapid game. Although I had six or seven minutes left on the clock, I moved as if I was down to the last few seconds.I played the opening slower, but it did not go as planned. Show More Summary


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

After five prior losses to one player on in five games, I won our game this morning. Of more interest than the game, however, is the choice that I faced in a familiar position. After his eleventh move, we reached a position that I have had multiple times, including in the game featured in "Beating a National Master". Show More Summary

An Ivanov Miniature

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

One of the ways that I am enjoying Tadic and Arsovic, Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015) is working through the games in which Black played the French Defense. The French is my primary response to 1.e4, so it behooves me to be well aware of the pitfalls. Show More Summary

Winning with Knights

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Aleksey Alekseevic Troitski Working my way through the endgame compositions in Genrikh Kasparian, 888 Miniature Studies (2010) has put me in the midst of forty studies by A. A. Troitsky (1866-1942). Many of these feature clever checkmates with knights. Show More Summary

Two Endgame Compositions

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

These two compositions were brought to my attention through Genrikh Moiseyevich Kasparian, 888 Miniature Studies (2010), which I acquired last week. This book is an expansion of the author's 555 Miniature Studies (1975). This earlier book, as far as I know, was never translated into English. Show More Summary

Corte -- Bolbochán 1946

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Reviewing Informant Annotations The miniature Corte -- Bolbochán, Mar del Plata 1946 is the first game in Leonard Barden and Wolfgang Heidenfeld, Modern Chess Miniatures (1960). It also appears as game 404 in Irving Chernev, The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess (1955) and as game 1060 in Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015). Show More Summary

Defend Well

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

While looking for instructive miniatures for use in next week's chess camp, I came across this game: Letzelter -- Asmundsson, Buenos Aires 1978, Chess Informant 26/241. Black to move Black played a logical move, but it lost to a creative and instructive White attack. With a different move by Black, White's attack is unclear.

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