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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Pawn Wars?

Is it time to exchange rooks and go into a game of pawn wars? Black to move

Securing the Advantage

Black is a pawn ahead, but his position has some problems. How can Black secure the advantage? Black to move I failed to play this position correctly, but won anyway. Such is the "nature of bullet" chess.

Applied Study

Correspondence Chess Research is a central pleasure of correspondence chess. Using opening books, databases, and both print and electronic versions of Chess Informant elevates my play in the short run and expands my over the board repertoire in the long run. Show More Summary

Major Piece Ending

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Who is better? White to move This position arose in a bullet game. I played the ending well enough to win, although my play was far from perfect.What should White play here? Why?

The Nature of Bullet

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Speed kills. The faster moves are made, the more likely they will be errors. Even so, finding tactical combinations in an instant seems to be a skill of strong players. Can very fast games, even bullet chess (less than three minutesShow More Summary

Play Like Louis Paulsen

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A couple of days ago, I was reflecting that Louis Paulsen is one of those players whose play I know principally from his losses. A rare exception is one win against Paul Morphy at the First American Chess Congress. But, for the mostShow More Summary

Bullet Tactics

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Pattern Recognition Combinations that win material can be recognized in an instant when they are comprised of well-known patterns. The pattern in the combination in this position comes from some of Greco's illustrative games and contains elements found in Legall's pseudo-sacrifice. Show More Summary

Three Pawns Problem

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The problem of a king opposed to three united passed pawns was examined as early as 1617 by Pietro Carrera, but was first solved by József Szén in 1836. Knowing the solution is the key to solving this endgame position. White to move A few years ago, I had the opportunity to look at an article that Szén wrote on the subject. Show More Summary

Anderssen's Checkmate

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arose in Anderssen -- Zukertort, Barmen 1869. White to move

Knowing Better

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I failed my training regimen in the last round of the Inland Empire Open. In January, I studied Schulten -- Morphy, New York 1857 and had this game in my active memory when I played my last round on Sunday. Nonetheless, I ignored a lesson that I had extracted from that game when offered the opportunity to apply it to a new position. Show More Summary

Bad Decisions

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

It has been several years since I have lost a game on a Saturday during a weekend Swiss. As one of a half-dozen A Class Players at the top of the local pool, I can usually finish Saturday with two wins and my half-point third round bye.Today, however, I played poorly against an underrated youth in the second round. Show More Summary

Trapped in a Castle

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

During the War Between the States, often called the Civil War in the United States, Paul Morphy returned to Paris for a visit. While there, he played a few games of chess. One of his games against Jules Arnous de Riviere did not start particularly well. Show More Summary

The Crooked Path

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Most chess players are familiar with a famous pawn ending composed by Richard Reti in 1921. The Black king is in the square of White's pawn, but White's king is not in the square of Black's h-pawn. Nonetheless, White is able to draw by moving the king in a manner than both chases the enemy pawn and threatens to assist his own. Show More Summary

Learn from Wins

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

White to move From this position, White's position deteriorated and then he won on time. Such is the nature of blitz.White had been pressing most of the game, but fell short finding the finish. What would you play?

Play Like Irina Krush

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

United States Women's Champion Irina Krush was a special guest at the Washington State Elementary and Middle School Chess Championships this past weekend. I created some chess problems from her games for the tournament magazine. These are those problems. Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Training Priorities My personal chess training has suffered the past couple of weeks. Although I continue to go through my Game of the Week from the selection in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge, my understanding of the past few games has been superficial. Show More Summary

Beating a National Master

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I beat a National Master in a correspondence game!This achievement might be an indication that my training methods are bearing fruit. I would like to think so, but there is evidence pointing to a more likely cause of this success. My opponent is playing too many games at once. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My school chess clubs this week will be seeing this position from Fedorchuk -- Krush, Qatar Masters 2014. Irina Krush found the best move here and quickly won the game. Black to move Congratulations are due to Irina Krush for winning the U.S. Show More Summary

Drawing a National Master

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A day or two after I posted "Building Upon Morphy," I sacrificed a bishop on h6. As a consequence, I was able to force a draw against a young National Master (It is possible to play through the game at the link). NM Praveen Balakrishnan may become very strong in the next few years. Show More Summary

A Plate of Fried Liver

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A Tasty Dish The Fried Liver Attack scores about 75% for White, which helps explain why chess coaches everywhere urge the Traxler Counter Attack (4...Bc5) or 5...Na5, which seems to go by several names. Despite Black's abysmal record, I am of the opinion that Black is no worse with correct play. Show More Summary

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