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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Ten Seconds

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

What should White play? It is a blitz game; seconds matter. White to move


2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This past weekend was the 26th annual Collyer Memorial chess tournament. I have played most years, and have had my best and worst tournament results in this event. Twenty years ago, after my first date with my wife on the eve of the tournament, I lost every game and finished in last place. Show More Summary

Keep Forking

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Last week and this, I've been using my time on the bus to solve a few tactics exercises on I have attempted more than one hundred, finding that my concentration on the bus is often less than optimal, especially on the small screen of my phone. Show More Summary

Study Material

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Chess Informant 134 contains an article by Ivan Ivanisevic on "The Art of Unequal Exchange" that has material suitable for chess players across a range of skill levels. An unplayed variaton in his first game fragment offers some positions highlighting fork threats. Show More Summary

On the Bus

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

During the bus ride from the college town where I am teaching a class this quarter back into the city where I park my car, I attempted fifteen tactics exercises yesterday. This is one of those that I failed. Black to move (diagram upside down with Black on bottom) It is exercise 660988 on

Checkmate Data

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

It is commonplace to speak and write about checkmate patterns. Certain recurring checkmates happen over and over again in games no matter the skill level of the players. Of course, once players rise above a certain level, checkmatesShow More Summary


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Black to move From a blitz game.

Beware the Horse

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Where should the queen move? White to move This position caught my interest. It appears in "The Art of Unequal Exchange" by Ivan Ivanisevic in Chess Informant 134, which I received last week. This article is quite interesting and offers study material that promises to improve my game, as well as helping me develop some materials for teaching young players.

Holiday Cheer

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I usually play a game or two of online blitz on holidays. These days are devoted to family time, but there are always a few moments when everyone else is sleeping or otherwise occupied, so I sneak in a game of chess. This morning, the investment of a knight gave me a nice position in a classical French. Show More Summary


3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Several of my students have seen this position this past week. None have succeeded. It is one that I use from Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual. White to move


4 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

For the past three months, I have been too busy with other matters to create articles for Chess Skills. I have studied no chess. My chess activities have been limited to coaching and a few games of online blitz most days. Things should...Show More Summary

Thompson -- Morphy, New York 1857

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Paul Morphy's first opponent at the First American Chess Congress was James Thompson. He had been born in England and emigrated to the United States as a child. After completing his education, he established himself in business in New York City, where he came to be known as a formidable chess player. Show More Summary

Critical Moments

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

How do you analyze a chess game?I do several things, but the first step--whether my own game or one played by others--is identifying the critical moments in the game. When did the loser reach a technically lost position?Today was the last day of my tenth annual youth chess camp. Show More Summary

It's Only Blitz

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I beat a National Master yesterday afternoon. It has been a couple of months since my last win against a titled player, so I was happy to get this one. It was my last game in a blitz playing session characterized by poor play, but it was a better game. Show More Summary

How to Think about Checkmate

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This week is my tenth annual youth chess camp. During this camp, I am making more explicit a training process that I have advocated for many years: work backwards through the game in your study. That is, start with checkmates, move from there to endgames, then study tactics and middlegame strategy, and only then examine the opening. Show More Summary

Five Days to Better Chess

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Five Days to Better Chess: Essential Tools was published a few days ago. What is this book about? Who is the audience? This book offers content and process. This process is for all chess enthusiasts who seek to improve their own game, or who help others to do so. Show More Summary

Smother Checkmate

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

As I work my way slowly through Tal's Winning Chess Combinations (1979) by Mikhail Tal and Victor Khenkin, I am combing my databases for additional examples. In this way, I am building a database of exercises for personal training, teaching,...Show More Summary

Alekhine -- Lugowski 1931

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

An unusual smother checkmate piqued my interest. It is presented in Mikhail Tal and Victor Khemkin, Tal's Winning Chess Combinations (1979), where it is credited as Alekhin -- Lugovsky 1931 (58). Due to spelling variances, my initial efforts to turn up the game score fell short. Show More Summary

Lesson One

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Where do you begin when teaching chess to a beginner? Certainly, the first steps should be the board and how the pieces move, as Daniel Rensch offers in "Everything You Need to Know 1: Start Playing Chess" on Or, perhaps there is a flaw in this approach. Show More Summary

Checkmate Patterns

8 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Some readers of Chess Skills may have been disappointed that my postings have been limited the past two months. Much of my chess time has been devoted to preparing lessons for my camp in August. A standard feature of my annual summer chess camp has a been a camp workbook that each student receives. Show More Summary

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