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By the arithmetic of piece value, White has an advantage. Converting the advantage is another matter. How should White proceed? White to move I played 33.Nf7, which throws away the advantage in the opinion of Stockfish. Nonetheless, I went on to win when my opponent managed to let a rook get trapped. Show More Summary
Lesson of the Week This week, young students are asked to think their way through one of the most famous chess combinations of all time. Some may know it, of course. Four years ago, when I last put this position in front of young students, two brothers recognized it immediately. Show More Summary
When I play blitz or rapid chess, I miss a lot. Even slower time controls do not prevent missing things. However, under time pressure, tactical mistakes are the norm. In the positions below, however, I found the correct move. All come from one day's rapid play online. Show More Summary
Black to move Black's pawn will promote. Alas, White managed to win this pawn and the game.
Lesson of the Week Knowledge of tactical motifs open a chess player's imagination to the possibilities. Accurate calculation verifies whether such possibilities should be played. These two exercises may prove difficult for scholastic players, but they are almost routine for strong class players. Show More Summary
Whose king is more secure? White to move White's king has an intact pawn shield, while Black's was shattered by White's sacrifice of a knight.Black's h7 pawn appears to be a target, but Black has the diagonal leading to it blocked with a pawn that is well-defended. Show More Summary
In the second round of the Collyer Memorial tournament yesterday, I played the Ponziani for the first time in a standard game. My prior experience with the opening had been limited to a few games of online blitz the previous three days,...Show More Summary
This blitz game was played between two USCF A Class players at the inaugural Collyer Memorial Blitz tournament. The Collyer Memorial is Spokane's strongest annual tournament now in its 22nd year. Yesterday, a blitz tournament preceded...Show More Summary
After my opponent and I both managed to blow the rook ending in a blitz game that I played on my iPhone, I spent some time playing through possible variations against the computer. This sort of training can build confidence as I solve problems. Show More Summary
Lesson of the Week This week's lesson is simple, but important. It comes from a recent online game. Black to move White has just played 65.g6. How does this move effect Black's prospects?
The first game of the second and longer match between Geza Maroczy and Rezs? Charousek was an instructive win by Maroczy. Charousek delayed castling, and then was forced to make a capture with his king. Proceeding to castle by hand, he found his monarch under attack.The critical position occurred after Charousek's 20...Nd8. White to move
In a blunderfest during my lunch break, my opponent and I reached a rook and pawn ending that should be drawn. Suddenly, however, I found myself with a clear advantage and seized the moment, only to toss it away a few moves later. Black...Show More Summary
Going through the games of Rezs? Charousek (1873-1900), I found this uncommon position that emerged from the Barnes variation of the Spanish Opening (3...g6). Charousek had Black against Geza Maroczy and played a move that would be played again in Teichmann -- Pillsbury at Hastings later the same year. Show More Summary
Lesson of the Week Rezs? Charousek (1873-1900) created deep combinations. In this position, his opponent Jakob Wollner has material superiority, but a vulnerable king. Black to move How should Black play?In the game, Wollner played 18...Qg8.How should White proceed?
Elementary tactics win chess games. I made the second best move from this position, which was good enough to gain a decisive material advantage. White to move
Today I was the tournament director for the second annual Frosty Pawn, the seventh scholastic tournament in my area for the 2013-2014 school year. I was able to spend a little time in the playing area watching games and captured a few key positions on my iPhone.Every youth tournament seems to have at least one instance of Scholar's Mate. Show More Summary
Sunday morning I posted "Assessing Threats," which contained a position from Exner -- Charousek 1898. White to move I asked whose threats are more credible? I had gone through this game and a few others to cap a week in which I had gone through every available game played by Rudolf (Rezs?) Charousek. Show More Summary
Lesson of the Week Rezs? Charousek (1873-1900) emerged on the tournament scene at Nuremburg in 1896, where he defeated World Champion Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) in the final round. Lasker still won the tournament, while Charousek finished 12th. Show More Summary
In Exner -- Charousek, Szekes Fehervar 1898 Black has just played 31...Be6. He strikes at the h3 pawn, but threatens to promote his b-pawn. Whose threat is more credible? White to move My source for this game is Chessgames.com. It is another of the many Charousek gems available on that site, but not present in the ChessBase database.
A correspondence game that finished yesterday offered a few positions that illustrate well the square of the pawn, an important elementary pawn ending concept. I have previously discussed this concept in "Simple to Complex" (June 2012).Yesterday's finish ended a game full of gross errors. Show More Summary