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Filed Under:Hobbies / Chess
Posts on Regator:630
Posts / Week:2.3
Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Carlsen -- Anand, Game 11

17 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Magnus Carlsen is on the cusp of successfully defending his World Champion title. The former champion and challenger, Viswanathan Anand, was able to reach a promising position against Carlsen's Grunfeld Defense in game 10, but released the pressure and the game fizzled out as a draw.Carlsen leads 5.5 - 4.5. Show More Summary

Problems with Knights

These six chess problems all feature knights in a critical role. They were assembled as a problem solving contest for the Black Knight's Joust, a youth chess tournament that I am directing today. All entries with six correct answersShow More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 10

2 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads challenger and former champion Viswanathan Anand 5-4 after nine games. The match is being played at the Olympic Media Center in Sochi, Russia. Yesterday's game 9 started with the variation of the Berlin Defense to the Spanish Opening that appeared in game 7. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The lessons this week focus on elementary tactics that build a foundation for more complex tactics. They stem from a major blunder by the current World Champion. Magnus Carlsen is the highest rated player in history and regarded by growing numbers as the strongest player ever. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 9

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

When I awoke at 4:10 am, the ninth game of the World Championship had been underway a few minutes. I grabbed my iPad from the side of the bed and checked on the game. Seeing that it was another Berlin Defense, I put the iPad down and went back to sleep.No, I do not consider the Berlin boring. Show More Summary

Slaying Blind Pigs

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My low rated opponent opponent threatened a draw by repetition with his blind pigs. I was happy to find the antidote in this blitz game. White to move

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 8

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Carlsen's Theoetical Novelty There is a lot of talk that Magnus Carlsen does not study the openings, but simply plays very good chess. He plays better chess than anyone else, ever.Viswanathan Anand is almost a legend in his opening preparation. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 7

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A Record of Sorts Half-way through the World Championship in Sochi, Russia, Magnus Carlsen leads Viswanathan Anand 3.5-2.5. Carlsen has his second consecutive White today. Anand opted for the Berlin Defense against Carlsen's SpanishShow More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 6

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Viswanathan Anand is defending a difficult position in the Sicilian Kan against Magnus Carlsen. It is game six of the World Championship match. The match is tied at 2.5-2.5.Anand had the first White, so now Carlsen gets White two games in a row. Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 5

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In order to blog the World Championship match, I need to set the alarm to arise early. I was awake a few minutes after today's game began and looked at the game on my iPad from the comfort of bed. An hour later, I looked at the gameShow More Summary

Lesson of the Week

Three by Greco My students this week are seeing one or more of model games composed by Gioachino Greco (1600-1634). Beginning students are seeing a short opening sequence with two critical errors. I discuss every move. Advanced students see this brief game with less commentary and then two others. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 4

The World Championship match between challenger and former champion Viswanathan Anand and defender Magnus Carlsen is developing into in an exciting duel. Carlsen drew first blood by winning game 2. Anand struck back in game 3.I am following...Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 3

Mid-afternoon in Sochi, Russia is very early in the morning in Spokane, Washington, USA. I opted to sleep until my normal 6:00 am wake-up time this morning. When I awoke, Viswanathan Anand was in the midst of a long think after Magnus...Show More Summary

Knockout Blow

Too much online chess at short time controls makes a player sloppy. I missed the strongest move here, although it was still there a move later when I found it. White to move

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 2

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

After a hard-fought draw yesterday, the colors switch for today's World Championship game. Magnus Carlsen, the champion, has White. The challenger and former champion, Viswanathan Anand, has Black.The official website's biography of the players offers that Carlsen's favorite move is 1.d4 and Anand's is 1.e4. Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 1

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The World Chess Championship has begun.Will Viswanathan Anand regain his title from Magnus Carlsen? Anand's loss last year capped a period of several years where his play had been uninspiring. Nor was he considered the favorite to win the Candidates Tournament and earn another match. Show More Summary

Memorable Games

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week In Chess Training for Budding Champions (2001), Jesper Hall recommends creating a book or database with one's best games or combinations. In order to train well an aspiring chess player must have fun.Everyone has his own moments of happiness, moments that must not be forgotten. Show More Summary

Des Temps

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Louis Charles de la Bourdonnais published Nouveau Traite? du jeu des Échecs (1833) the year before his visit to London. The text offers what must be one of the earliest formulations of the element of time as a principle of strategy.Dès...Show More Summary

An Opening Disaster

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

McDonnell -- La Bourdonnais 1834 In the first and longest of the six matches between Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) and Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840), White fared poorly. Game 24 was Black's seventh victory in a row...Show More Summary

Zugzwang

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the game of chess, a player is required when it is his or her turn. Sometimes a player would prefer to pass, but the rules do not permit it. This compulsion to move in a bad position is called zugzwang.The player to move in this position will lose a pawn. Show More Summary

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