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Counting Tempi

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

During a lesson with one of my top students last week, he observed that a particular candidate move lost a tempo. I opined that tempi did not seem as vital in this variation of the Pirc Defense as in certain open positions. The conversation...Show More Summary

The Pride of the Family

This position arose in a game between Aron Nimzowitsch and Semion Alapin. When the game took place and where has not been established (see "Nimzowitsch v Alapin" by Edward Winter [updated 1 January 2014]). Suggested dates have ranged from 1911 to 1914. White to move Nimzowitsch played the best move from this position and won a nice miniature.

Side Checks

Even when down to a few seconds on the clock, I have drawn many rook endgames a pawn down. Because I teach the Philidor Position to young chess players, executing it in play is a simple matter. But sometimes checks from the rear fail and yet a similar idea succeeds.White can draw this position. Show More Summary

King's Gambit Lunacy

This was a blitz game with three minutes per game for each player. The game ended in less than half of that time.Stripes,J (1728) -- Internet Opponent (2010) [C25]Online Blitz 14.07.20151.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 exf4 4.Bc4 g5 Black hasShow More Summary

Giuoco Fortissimo

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In Chess Informant 124, Mihail Marin examines the ancient history and recent practice in the so-called quiet game, or Giuoco Piano ("Old Wine in New Bottles," 82-94). He suggests that in the games of Gioachino Greco and in some recent games, the term fortissimo might be more appropriate than piano or pianissimo. Show More Summary

The Spirit of Greco

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Should aspiring chess players study the games of players who have been dead for more than a century? In an interview conducted while he was World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik answered in the affirmative.I think that if a player wants to achieve much, he should live through the entire history of chess in his thoughts. Show More Summary

Solve This

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

As I am working through Anderssen -- Paulsen, Vienna 1873, which is in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge, I came across a reference game from a simul conducted by Alexander Alekhine in 1933. White to move Alekhine found the winning tactical shot here.

Overworked Defenders

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Adolf Anderssen found that Black's pieces were stretched thin in their efforts to hold everything together. White to move From Anderssen -- Paulsen, Vienna 1873.

Pawn Wars?

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Is it time to exchange rooks and go into a game of pawn wars? Black to move

Securing the Advantage

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Black is a pawn ahead, but his position has some problems. How can Black secure the advantage? Black to move I failed to play this position correctly, but won anyway. Such is the "nature of bullet" chess.

Applied Study

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Correspondence Chess Research is a central pleasure of correspondence chess. Using opening books, databases, and both print and electronic versions of Chess Informant elevates my play in the short run and expands my over the board repertoire in the long run. Show More Summary

Major Piece Ending

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Who is better? White to move This position arose in a bullet game. I played the ending well enough to win, although my play was far from perfect.What should White play here? Why?

The Nature of Bullet

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Speed kills. The faster moves are made, the more likely they will be errors. Even so, finding tactical combinations in an instant seems to be a skill of strong players. Can very fast games, even bullet chess (less than three minutesShow More Summary

Play Like Louis Paulsen

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A couple of days ago, I was reflecting that Louis Paulsen is one of those players whose play I know principally from his losses. A rare exception is one win against Paul Morphy at the First American Chess Congress. But, for the mostShow More Summary

Bullet Tactics

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Pattern Recognition Combinations that win material can be recognized in an instant when they are comprised of well-known patterns. The pattern in the combination in this position comes from some of Greco's illustrative games and contains elements found in Legall's pseudo-sacrifice. Show More Summary

Three Pawns Problem

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The problem of a king opposed to three united passed pawns was examined as early as 1617 by Pietro Carrera, but was first solved by József Szén in 1836. Knowing the solution is the key to solving this endgame position. White to move A few years ago, I had the opportunity to look at an article that Szén wrote on the subject. Show More Summary

Anderssen's Checkmate

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arose in Anderssen -- Zukertort, Barmen 1869. White to move

Knowing Better

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I failed my training regimen in the last round of the Inland Empire Open. In January, I studied Schulten -- Morphy, New York 1857 and had this game in my active memory when I played my last round on Sunday. Nonetheless, I ignored a lesson that I had extracted from that game when offered the opportunity to apply it to a new position. Show More Summary

Bad Decisions

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

It has been several years since I have lost a game on a Saturday during a weekend Swiss. As one of a half-dozen A Class Players at the top of the local pool, I can usually finish Saturday with two wins and my half-point third round bye.Today, however, I played poorly against an underrated youth in the second round. Show More Summary

Trapped in a Castle

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

During the War Between the States, often called the Civil War in the United States, Paul Morphy returned to Paris for a visit. While there, he played a few games of chess. One of his games against Jules Arnous de Riviere did not start particularly well. Show More Summary

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