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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Training with Morphy

8 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Playing set positions against a computer develops technique. It is one thing to claim that Black has a decisive advantage, but quite another to demonstrate that advantage against an emotionless monster. During the wee hours of the morning earlier this week, I played out positions from Schulten -- Morphy against Hiarcs on the iPad. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

When I watch Grandmaster games live on the internet, I often play guess the move. I imagine that I am in the seat of the player to move and try to find the best move in the position. Watching the end of Aronian -- Ding in the last round...Show More Summary

Schulten -- Morphy 1857

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Game of the Week My training regimen varies. I use several tactics training resources, both print and electronic. I go through many games most weeks. I study classic games and sometimes follow Grandmaster games as they develop in real time (see "So -- Vachier-Lagrave"). Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My beginning students and my advanced, including most of those who receive individual lessons, get the same positions this week. For the beginners, I explain the first one and guide them to a solution to the second. Advanced students...Show More Summary

So -- Vachier-Lagrave

Live Blogging Wesley So has been impressing me during his post-game analysis with Yasser Seirawan. He is currently tied for second place with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Ding Liren in the 2015 Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee with 5.5/8. Show More Summary

The Scotch Gambit

The 6.Qh5!? Line My game of the week features a Scotch Gambit refuted by Paul Morphy (see "Meek -- Morphy 1855"). In the annotations to that game, I mentioned but did not explore 6.Qh5!? At first site, this aggressive line looks dangerous. Show More Summary

Meek -- Morphy 1855

While a student at Spring Hill College on the outskirts of Mobile, Alabama, Paul Morphy traveled the twelve miles into Mobile a couple of times. During one of these visits, he played three games with Judge Alexander Beaufort Meek, who was serving as judge of the probate court there. Show More Summary

Pawn Thrusts

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Tata Steel Chess, Round 3 The Tata Steel Tournament began on Saturday, in Wijk aan Zee. When I awoke this morning, the competitors were nearly two hours into play. I glanced through the opening moves in their games and two caught my eye. Show More Summary

Opening Considerations

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Szen -- Anderssen 1851 The 59 illustrative games in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) are presented as the source for the 120 essential middlegame positions that an aspiring player should strive to know. However, RashidShow More Summary

Planning, Time, Strategy

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Some of my advanced students this week are going through a game and annotations concerned with planning. The game was annotated by the winner and included in a chapter that he added to a book that he translated into English: Paul Keres, and Alexander Kotov, The Art of the Middlegame, trans. Show More Summary

Evergreen Alternatives

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

"...a brilliant combination bewitches men to such an extent that they willingly believe falshoods and are blinded to the truth."Emanuel Lasker, Lasker's Manual of Chess (1932)In the Evergreen Game, Anderssen -- Dufresne, Berlin 1852,...Show More Summary

Training Regimen

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I am spending a little time each day working through Rashid Ziyatdinov, and Peter Dyson, GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000).One way that I am working through this book is to devote time to one of the 59 games each week. In...Show More Summary

The Training Standard

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Ziyatdinov's 300 must know these positions cold. You must recognize them immediately, just as you would any letter of the alphabet. Specifically, you must recognize the position, know the correct plans for each side, and know the expected outcome, whichever side is to move. Show More Summary

Endgame Puzzle

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Can White win this position? White to move Several days ago, this position was posted on a fan page on Facebook.My first winning try against Stockfish was grounded in shallow analysis: 1.Be7.I wanted to transfer the bishop to f6 or f8 and then play h6-h7. Show More Summary

How Bad is Your Chess?

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Some days it is better to read a book than to play chess online. During this morning's online blitz, two minutes and 25 moves were sufficient to complete an appalling loss and an equally appalling victory.These two games call loudlyShow More Summary

Anderssen -- Staunton 1851

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The fifth match game between Adolf Anderssen and Howard Staunton at the 1851 London International Chess Tournament is the source for three essential middlegame positions in Rashid Ziyatdinov, GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000). Show More Summary

To Know a Position

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

300 Positions Rashid Ziyatdinov, in his provocative GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000), builds on an idea that has been put forth by others: knowing well a set number of critical positions is essential to chess strength.In...Show More Summary

Middlegame Novelty?

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Cranking my way through games in old Chess Informants, I thought that one particular game seemed familiar. Indeed, Psakhis -- Pomes, Groningen 1990 (CI 50/304) followed Huebner -- Nogueiras, Barcelona 1989 (CI 47/343) until move 23. White to move Psakhis played 23.Rb6!Huebner had played 23.c3 and Nogueras found a stalemate resource at move 41. Show More Summary

Pawn Wars

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In a game played ten years ago, Sergei Rublevsky had a one pawn advantage. White to move He played 33.Rxd5!A forcing sequence resulted. 33...Bxd5 34.Bxd5 Kf7 35.Re1 Raa6 36.Kg1 Ke7 37.Rxe6 Rxe6 38.Bxe6 Kxe6 White to move Rublevsky was able to win the pawn ending. The game was published as Chess Informant 91/236.

An Unplayed Brilliancy

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This was a betrayal of myself.Mikhail TalThere is a line of the Alekhine Defense in which the Black king strolls towards the center after White's knight sacrifice. The line resembles the Fried Liver Attack, but is more often played by Grandmasters.In one game, Bent Larsen defended the Black side well and won a nice miniature against Mikahil Tal. Show More Summary

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