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Two Miniatures Max Euwe describes the games of Gioachino Greco as "chess fairy-tales on trhe age-old theme of the conflict between riches and honour" (The Development of Chess Style [1966], 1). One side grabs material while the other plays for checkmate.In early April, I played a game that might have been lifted from the pages of Greco. Show More Summary

Rook versus Knight

Despite having several other commitments this weekend, I managed to get in two tournament games. Both games were against lower rated opponents who beat me in February. I played terribly in the first round, but managed to offer my opponent an opportunity to stalemate me. Show More Summary


4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In The Road to Chess Mastery (1966) by Max Euwe and Walter Meiden, the authors criticize Black's 25...d5, which led to the following position. White to move How does White exploit the error?

One Good Game

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

As a blitz addict, I find innumerable motives for wasting endless hours in futile chess play. Sometimes I can rationalize my binges with a few instructive positions that I may show my students. Indeed, a young student whom I've beenShow More Summary

The Bishop Pair

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arose in some game presented as master vs. amateur in The Road to Chess Mastery (1966) by Max Euwe and Walter Meiden. White to move How would you play this position as White? Why?

When to Resign

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

When do you resign?I resign when I know that I could flip the board around and beat Magnus Carlsen. At that point, there is nothing left for me to learn from playing on.There are times when I might resign early, and other times when I might resign late. Show More Summary

Game of the Week

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Blackburne -- Gifford 1874 Most of my students this week are seeing this game, which features a clever queen sacrifice to weave a mating net. Advanced students may also see more variations. Students are asked to try to find several key...Show More Summary

Checkmate in Seven

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the two positions below, Black has a forced checkmate in seven moves. The first position is from Schulten -- Morphy, New York 1857. Morphy played the correct sequence and the game ended when it was checkmate in three. The second arose in Hawkins -- Pert, British Championship 2015, Chess Informant 127/5. Show More Summary

Minor Piece Ending

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Studying with Mihail Marin Mihail Marin annotated Stefanova -- Pogonina, Tehran 2016 for Chess Informant 127. It was Stefanova's only win in the event, the second of four events comprising the FIDE Women's Grand Prix. After 28 moves, each player had a knight, bishop, and seven pawns. Show More Summary


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

When a new Chess Informant arrives, I am like a child on Christmas morning. After a day or two of uncontrolled enthusiasm, I am able to settle down and begin work. One goal with each new issue is to play through the whole of the games section. Show More Summary

Incomplete Miniatures

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

For a Spring Break chess camp, I created this worksheet.Miniatures are games that last 25 moves or less. Each of the following games either ended with checkmate or the win of enough material to provoke resignation. Play through the moves given. Show More Summary

An Unsound Sacrifice

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Ten years ago, I was discussing a line of the French Defense with FM Curt Collyer, who was giving me lessons. He was not yet a FIDE Master, and was only a National Master part of the time that he worked with me. I became a B Class player...Show More Summary

Imagine, Visualize, Calculate

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Students in my beginning and advanced clubs were presented with this position this week. White to move Two questions were asked of the position.1) What is White's final resource for avoiding loss?2) How does Black end White's fantasies?The...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My beginning students continue to work on fundamental tactics. This week, the emphasis was on decoy. They worked through the problems on the worksheet Beginning Tactics 10 (reproduced at "Lesson of the Week [19 December 2012]"). They...Show More Summary

Unheeded Warning

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Good chess players analyze their losses. Better chess players critique their wins. My first round game at the 24th Collyer Memorial Chess Tournament was a win in twenty moves. Winning a miniature inspires confidence, but sober analysis...Show More Summary

Beating the French

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In 2003, I switched from the Sicilian Defense to the French Defense as my principal response to 1.e4. After a couple short years learning the basics, my rating began a rapid climb from mid-1400s to high 1900s. The French Defense brought me better results than I ever had with the Sicilian. Show More Summary

Rating Woes

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I set goals and resist setting goals. Setting these goals in terms of rating produces disappointment. It is better to set them in terms of learning targets.I might set as goals:1) In 2016, I will master the French Defense. See "A Batch...Show More Summary

Don't Be Clever

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

"You can have all the knowledge in the world and still play crappy chess."Cam LeslieI had this position and a clear plan White to move The plan had been to swap knights when my opponent moved his to e4, and then play Rf1. Maybe I have enough play to seek an advantage in the endgame. Show More Summary

Outpost: Threat and Execution

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the 1990s, I read Peter Romanovsky's subchapter, "The Eternal Knight", in Chess Middlegame Planning (1990) and found it a useful beginning towards the understanding of outposts. Michael Stean's discussion in Simple Chess (1978) takes my understanding a step further. Show More Summary


3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This morning's thirty minutes of tactics was nine problems in Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations, 5th ed. (2014). Problems 352-360 begin the Basic portion of those classified as Clearance. Three problems took more than five minutes each. Show More Summary

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