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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Lessons from the Championship

My advanced students this week saw several positions from the tie-break games of the World Chess Championship. White to move The first position is from the final game. I wanted my students to first understand Black's checkmate threats.The...Show More Summary

Karjakin -- Carlsen 2016: Critical Positions

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The World Chess Championship is tied 5-5 after ten games. Today is a rest day. Before the match, many were predicting a victory for the reigning champion, Magnus Carlsen. Some even thought that Carlsen would retain his title in fewer than twelve games, regarding Sergey Karjakin as clearly the inferior player. Show More Summary

Beating the Italian

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Last night, I finished with a perfect 3-0 to win my section of the Turkey Quads. I had not played in this event since 2011, and then it started a nice run of wins (see "Eleven Consecutive Wins!"). That run propelled me to my lifetime peak USCF rating of 1982, so this year's success in the Turkey Quads could be a good omen. Show More Summary

Karjakin -- Carlsen Match

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Judit Polgar's commentary during the World Chess Championship, currently taking place in New York City, has been terrific! During game three, she assured her viewers that the game was likely to end in a draw, then later was quite certain that Magnus Carlsen would win, and then again that Sergey Karjakin could hold the draw. Show More Summary

The Drawn Game

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Chess games do not always end with a winner. In fact, as players become stronger, draws become more likely. In the World Championship match that is taking place right now in New York City, the first three games ended in a draw. Game four begins about the time that this post was published. Show More Summary

Good Blitz, Bad Blitz

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Blitz chess is popular and fun. It also can be useful as a training tool. On the other hand, blitz can reinforce bad habits by cultivating sloppy thinking and rewarding reckless play. Blitz chess is characterized by blunders.Today, while...Show More Summary

Pawns

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week The after-school chess club that I run at a small private school in my city is divided into two groups--beginning and advanced. Acceptance into the advanced group requires participation in last year's scholastic tournaments or my permission. Show More Summary

Useful Knowledge

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

How do chess players develop their skill?There is no doubt that strengthening tactics--pattern recognition and calculation--is essential. Learning openings and endgames helps also.Studying classic games is both enjoyable and productive. Show More Summary

Tarrasch -- Schlechter 1894

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

[T]his game becomes an instructive example of how a minor advantage can be nursed and finally converted into a win.Siegbert Tarrasch, Three Hundred Chess Games (1999 [1895])Seigbert Tarrasch's first game against then twenty year oldShow More Summary

Patterns of Contacts

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week [A]ny tactical operation no matter how complex, can be described in terms of different combinations of contacts....to certain constellations of pawns, pieces or squares on the chess board.Yuri Averbakh, Chess Tactics for Advanced Players (1992)This week's lesson of the week includes only that for the beginning club. Show More Summary

Learn to Castle

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week For my beginning students this week, I wrote three rules for castling on the whiteboard. When these three conditions are met, it is legal to castle. Castling moves two pieces--king and rook. It is the only way a king can move more than one square, and is the only time that more than one piece may be moved on a player's turn. Show More Summary

Winning

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I won two USCF rated tournaments this week!On Monday, I won a USCF online blitz rated game 10 on Chess.com. After winning two of the first three of such events that I entered earlier this year, I suffered poor results. Only once did I play well enough to raise my rating. Show More Summary

Blunderful

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I enjoy playing the Greco gambit in blitz, but sometimes my opponents throw me a curve. An online blitz game this morning after watching most of the first hour of the Carlsen -- Nakamura blitz and bullet battle revealed gross errors by both players. Show More Summary

Superior Pawn Structure?

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

According to Ketevan Arakhamia Grant, who annotated this game for Chess Informant 124, White has the upper hand in this position. Black to move After 29.b3 The game was played in the first round of the 2015 Women's World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Show More Summary

Playing with Rooks

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lessons for both my beginners and advanced students focused on rooks this week. For the beginners, the lesson focused on an elementary checkmate. The advanced students learned the basic plans for defending the Philidor Position. Checkmate...Show More Summary

Discovery!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

White played the strongest move in this position from Marovic -- Pomar Salamanca, Espana 1969, Chess Informant 7/505. White to move I will respond to solutions left in the comments section below.

Find the Only Move

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

These positions arose in Simon Williams' commentary on Gelfand -- Nakamura 2010 in his video "Hikaru Nakamura Teaches the KID" on Chess.com.The first position arose in three games. Once, White found the correct move. FM Delisle Warner was White in that game, scoring an upset win against IM Kevin Denny. Show More Summary

Fried Liver Attack

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the second week of after school chess club, my beginning group doubled in size and includes several who have never played chess. While emphasizing how the pieces move and other first things, I showed the group Gibaud -- Lazard 1924,...Show More Summary

Pawn Race

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I had this position and the move in a tournament game in 2015. Black to move

Converting the Advantage

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The most difficult part of chess is to win a won game.Wilhelm SteinitzI might have won my last round game in the Eastern Washington Open on Sunday, which would have given me an even score for the event. My game had been comfortable throughout and my position was never worse. Show More Summary

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