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Building upon Morphy

Ten games won by Paul Morphy are the source for nineteen middlegame positions in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) by Rashid Ziyatdinov. These games have provided a core for my chess study the past ten weeks. Today, I am moving on to Anderssen -- Steinitz, London 1862, game 16 in GM-RAM. Show More Summary

The Opera Game

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

H.R.H. the Duke of Brunswick is a thorough devotee to Caissa; we never saw him but he was playing chess with some one or other. We were frequent visitors to his box at the Italian Opera; he had got a chess-board even there, and played throughout the performance. Show More Summary

Wasting Time

We are past the Ides of March, and I am still pursuing my project for the year that began in early December. Each week, with the beginning of the week on Wednesday, I am going through one game from the 59 in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) by Rashid Ziyatdinov. Show More Summary

The Sentinel

A lonely sentinel stands on the forward point of a fortress. He cannot be removed by the enemy, but nor can he retreat. As long as he stands there, the forces back home are safe from attack. White to move This position is from Gashimov -- Dominguez Perez, Nice 2010. Show More Summary

One Game

The past few weeks I have been trying to avoid long strings of online blitz games. It's not always easy. Instead, I try to play a single 15 minute game with a ten second increment. Yesterday's sole game was short, but easily could have...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My chess lessons this week have been tailored for different groups and individuals. Beginners Watching one of my young pupils chase a lone king with a queen and a knight until I, as the tournament director, stepped in and called the game drawn by the fifty move rule influenced my choice of lessons for the groups comprised mainly of beginners. Show More Summary

Hitting the Books

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Context A distinctive element of GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) draws in some readers and pushes many others away. Rashid Ziyatdinov's book contains diagrams without analysis. The author explains that the book is more of an exam than an instructional book. Show More Summary

Sacrifice Everything

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Black to move This position is Problem 12 in Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations, 5th ed. (2014), published by Ĺ ahovski Informator (Chess Informant). For the past several years, I have been enjoying the electronic edition of Anthology of Chess Combinations, 3rd ed (2005) and will continue to do so. Show More Summary

Decoy Sacrifice

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Young players in my school clubs, as well as those receiving individual instruction, are presented with a position from an online game played last week.Black threatens to bring the rook to g2, forking queen and pawn and demanding further concessions from White. Show More Summary

Manual of Chess Combinations

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In January, a young woman showed up at a youth chess tournament that I was running with an interesting book of chess combinations. She told me that this book had been recommended by her coach, who is a Russian master. She also said that...Show More Summary

The Critical Position

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position comes from my round two game against Bob Rajala in the 23rd annual Collyer Memorial. He played a Caro-Kann, and I struggled to find an advantage. We reached a position where I thought that I could be in trouble with a single inaccuracy. Show More Summary

Taking Care of Business

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My friend John Julian always reminded me that high rated players must take care of business in the early rounds of a Swiss tournament. That is, players in the upper quarter will be paired against players that they are expected to beat. Show More Summary


3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Morphy -- Lowenthal, London 1858 The fourteenth match game between Paul Morphy (1837-1884) and Johann Jacob Lowenthal (1810-1876) is an instructive game that highlights Morphy's positional understanding, which was decades ahead of his time. Show More Summary

Pawn Endings: The Key Position

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week This diagram may be the single most import one for understanding elementary pawn endings. It is the key to understanding many complex pawn endings. If it is White's move, White wins.1.e7 Kf7 (only legal move) 2.Kd7 and the pawn promotes. Show More Summary


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Working through a random set of combinations from the Anthology of Chess Combinations, third edition, I find that I need the patience to slow down and improve the accuracy of my calculations. Too much blitz and timed tactics solving has cultivated an expectation that I should see things instantly.This position is a case in point. Show More Summary


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Black is ahead one pawn and has everything defended against White's threats. There is just one problem. Black must move. Every possible move produces weaknesses. Black to move From Morphy -- Lowenthal, London 1858.Two moves later, White was ahead a pawn.

Building a Foundation

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My lessons with beginning chess students and with accomplished scholastic competitors are designed to build a foundation for a lifetime of chess. Most young chess enthusiasts play the game actively for a couple of years in elementary school, and then take up other activities. Show More Summary

Morphy's Immortal

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Game of the Week This week, I am working on the sixth match game between Louis Paulsen and Paul Morphy. Some commentators have called this game "Morphy's Immortal". The decisive combination that begins with a queen sacrifice is the first...Show More Summary

The New Informants

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Long a publication that crosses language barriers, in recent years Chess Informant has been expanding its front sections with articles written in English. These changes began with opening theory and expanded into articles on many topics.Informant 110 offered a new feature called CI Labs with five articles concerned with new trends in the openings. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My clubs and several private students this week have examined a position from Thompson -- Morphy, 1857. This game was the third in Paul Morphy's first match during the First American Chess Congress, which he went on to win.As last week, we are anticipating threats and seeking to understand necessary defensive measures. Show More Summary

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