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2 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

After five prior losses to one player on in five games, I won our game this morning. Of more interest than the game, however, is the choice that I faced in a familiar position. After his eleventh move, we reached a position that I have had multiple times, including in the game featured in "Beating a National Master". Show More Summary

An Ivanov Miniature

One of the ways that I am enjoying Tadic and Arsovic, Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015) is working through the games in which Black played the French Defense. The French is my primary response to 1.e4, so it behooves me to be well aware of the pitfalls. Show More Summary

Winning with Knights

Aleksey Alekseevic Troitski Working my way through the endgame compositions in Genrikh Kasparian, 888 Miniature Studies (2010) has put me in the midst of forty studies by A. A. Troitsky (1866-1942). Many of these feature clever checkmates with knights. Show More Summary

Two Endgame Compositions

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

These two compositions were brought to my attention through Genrikh Moiseyevich Kasparian, 888 Miniature Studies (2010), which I acquired last week. This book is an expansion of the author's 555 Miniature Studies (1975). This earlier book, as far as I know, was never translated into English. Show More Summary

Corte -- Bolbochán 1946

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Reviewing Informant Annotations The miniature Corte -- Bolbochán, Mar del Plata 1946 is the first game in Leonard Barden and Wolfgang Heidenfeld, Modern Chess Miniatures (1960). It also appears as game 404 in Irving Chernev, The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess (1955) and as game 1060 in Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015). Show More Summary

Defend Well

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

While looking for instructive miniatures for use in next week's chess camp, I came across this game: Letzelter -- Asmundsson, Buenos Aires 1978, Chess Informant 26/241. Black to move Black played a logical move, but it lost to a creative and instructive White attack. With a different move by Black, White's attack is unclear.

Beat Carlsen

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arose in Aronian -- Carlsen, Stavanger 2016. Carlsen has just played 26...Qxe5, an uncharacteristic error. Aronian found the necessary continuation. The game was published as Chess Informant 128/1, the first in the Games section (see "Determination" for more on this issue). White to move

Don't Look Too Close

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Blitz chess reveals a player's skill. It reveals intuition, judgement, and pattern recognition. Sometimes, it shows endgame strength or the ability to perform elementary checkmates in under ten seconds.My strength is evident by my rating, which put me briefly on the USCF list of the top one hundred players older than 50 (see "Top 100"). Show More Summary

What is Development

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Every chess player is taught to develop his or her pieces. When did this term come into being as a cardinal principle? How is the term defined?I offer this selection of quotes as a beginning. All quotes have been typed from a physical copy of the book in question. Show More Summary

Balancing Advantages

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A friend posted this position on Facebook, which he had reached in a game against a computer. He managed to lose it. Initially, I thought that his move from this position was the losing move and suggested another. After a few minutes...Show More Summary

Remove the Defender

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arose via a French Tarrasch. Black to move I played the correct move after 3.7 seconds of thought. My opponent overestimated its potency and abandoned the game after one more move.


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Reading Chess Informant Last Thursday, Chess Informant 128 arrived via courier. With each new issue, I resolve to read all the articles or play through all of the games in the traditional section (see "Discovery"). With each new issue, I fall short of my goals. Show More Summary


2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In pawn endings, a rook pawn (a- or h-pawn) usually draws. There are exceptions. While reading about these exceptions this morning in Muller and Lamprecht, Fundamental Chess Endings (2001), I suddenly remembered a game from last summer. From this position, I saw clearly the next ten moves or more. Black to move

Rule of the Square

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Earlier this week, I taught a class called "Six Most Important Pawn Endings" in Inland Chess Academy's June chess camp. I sought to highlight six principles that occur with some frequency. The rule of the square, also called the square of the pawn, was one of these principles. Show More Summary


3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Last weekend I played in the Spokane Contenders, a round robin tournament that determined the challenger to our city champion. I had won this tournament in 2008 and 2012. I also tied for first in 2010, finishing second on tie-breaks....Show More Summary

Max Judd's Draw Claim

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mikhail Chigorin threatened to leave the tournament. Max Judd had demanded, seemingly within the rules, that Chigorin checkmate him within fifty moves. Fifty moves had transpired and Judd had claimed the draw. Along the way, Chigorin...Show More Summary

Haste Makes Waste

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

During an online USCF rated blitz tournament last night, I reached an instructive endgame position. With more than five minutes left on the clock in the game/10 battle, I could have spent a minute or more working out the correct manner of play. Show More Summary


3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

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

4 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

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 months 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?

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