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Black to Move

2 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I failed this problem on tactics trainer, but found the first two moves. Black to move


5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mental discipline and hard work improves luck.James StripesMy success finally winning a club championship at the Spokane Chess Club included a lot of luck. I was strategically lost in the first round, but my opponent failed to find the correct plan (see "Fiddling with the London System"). Show More Summary

The Whole Board

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position has occurred in at least 21 games, including Ree,H -- Piket,J, Breda 2001, which appears in Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015). White to move The best move, which has been played in 19 of those 21 games, is quite elegant.

Basic Tactics: Pins and Forks

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Yesterday, my beginning chess club saw an obscure miniature and then completed the worksheet Beginning Tactics 3.Beginning Tactics 3Find the correct move for White in each diagram. Draw an arrow showing the correct move. These positions...Show More Summary

The Fighting Dragon

A Book Review The Fighting Dragon: How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack (Boston: Mongoose Press, 2016) by Paul Powell is not a repertoire book. It does offer suggestions to meet White's normal lines of play against the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Show More Summary

Decisive Advantage?

When do you resign? Losing an exchange should not be sufficient cause for resignation. But, what if you are down an exchange and your opponent is rated 300 Elo higher? What if you are down an exchange and your position is passive?Going...Show More Summary

Patterns and Calculation

If we fail to make an idea work, we need to stop and ascertain the cause of the failure (i.e. answer the question 'why?'), and then attempt to correct our design.Paata Gaprindashvili, Imagination in Chess (2004), 40.A chess problem that...Show More Summary

Home Preparation

The Queen's Indian Defense vexes me. I have struggled enough against it that I've found myself playing the Black side recently in blitz. Memories of a particularly frustrating game in 2010 are always present when I face the QID. In a rapid event at the Spokane Chess Club, I had White against Michael Cambareri. Show More Summary

A Technical Win?

The annotations in Chess Informant 44/672 by Oscar Panno indicate that Black is in zugzwang. The game was Panno -- Leskovar, Buenos Aires 1987. Black to move After 57.Rc1 Even so, it is hard to see how White made significant progress over the next 22 moves. Show More Summary

Inspired by Morphy

Lesson of the Week This week's lesson for advanced students features part of a complex struggle that reveals how Yasser Seirawan was inspired by Paul Morphy's Opera game (see "Chess at the Opera"). This game was played as part of a match...Show More Summary

Studying with Kramnik

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Over the course of three sessions, I blitzed through all of the games in Chess Informant 130 that contain an ECO Code beginning with E. As I did so, I made light notes that would guide me back to games that I wanted to examine further. Show More Summary


2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This ending caught my interest as I was working through the games in Chess Informant 130. It is from Moroni -- Hamitevici, Baku 2016, Informant 130/178. White to move

Chess at the Opera

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The chess games of Paul Morphy (1837-1884) offer exceptional material for teaching basic concepts of opening play, as well as material for stunning combinations leading to checkmate. Morphy is sometimes credited with inventing the concept...Show More Summary

Imagination in Chess

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A Book Review Paata Gaprindashvili, Imagination in Chess: How to Think Creatively and Avoid Foolish Mistakes (2004) has been on my shelf for more than a decade. I have read and reread it, and have often found myself repeating its advice to my students. Show More Summary

Missed Chance

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Baskaran Adhiban won the challengers group in the 2016 Tata Steel Chess Tournament, earning a position in the top section this year. He stood one place above last after four rounds, having lost two games and drawn two. The commentators...Show More Summary

Researching a Rook Ending

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A rook ending that came up in Chess Mentor on sent me to the books. The first two moves were easy, but then I lost my way. Once I absorbed the basic idea and found the correct answer within Mentor, I tried it again against Stockfish on the iPad. Show More Summary

Breaking Bad Habits

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Against the London System with the Black pieces, I frequently find myself in this position. White to move My opponents have tried several move. Generally, my score is very good, unless they let me take the b-pawn.5.Nc3 Qxb2?Or sometimes...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I presented a variation from Mayet -- Andersson (1851?) to my students this week. Although this variation begins with a Black move that is superior to that played in the game, White's drawing (or even winning) chances are better than...Show More Summary

Solve This

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Round two of the Spokane Chess Club Winter Championship brought me another victory, but only because my opponent miscalculated at the critical moment. I was objectively lost, but when he misplayed the attack, my fortunes turned in a hurry. Show More Summary

Blitz is Hard

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My blitz rating has risen to dangerous heights, making a fall inevitable. When that fall comes, my self-discipline will be tested. Will I continue to limit myself to a small number of games each day and analyze them afterwards?...Show More Summary

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