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Three Pawns Problem

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

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

Knowing Better

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

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 weeks 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

The Crooked Path

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Most chess players are familiar with a famous pawn ending composed by Richard Reti in 1921. The Black king is in the square of White's pawn, but White's king is not in the square of Black's h-pawn. Nonetheless, White is able to draw by moving the king in a manner than both chases the enemy pawn and threatens to assist his own. Show More Summary

Learn from Wins

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

White to move From this position, White's position deteriorated and then he won on time. Such is the nature of blitz.White had been pressing most of the game, but fell short finding the finish. What would you play?

Play Like Irina Krush

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

United States Women's Champion Irina Krush was a special guest at the Washington State Elementary and Middle School Chess Championships this past weekend. I created some chess problems from her games for the tournament magazine. These are those problems. Show More Summary

Wednesday Morning

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Training Priorities My personal chess training has suffered the past couple of weeks. Although I continue to go through my Game of the Week from the selection in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge, my understanding of the past few games has been superficial. Show More Summary

Beating a National Master

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I beat a National Master in a correspondence game!This achievement might be an indication that my training methods are bearing fruit. I would like to think so, but there is evidence pointing to a more likely cause of this success. My opponent is playing too many games at once. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My school chess clubs this week will be seeing this position from Fedorchuk -- Krush, Qatar Masters 2014. Irina Krush found the best move here and quickly won the game. Black to move Congratulations are due to Irina Krush for winning the U.S. Show More Summary

Drawing a National Master

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A day or two after I posted "Building Upon Morphy," I sacrificed a bishop on h6. As a consequence, I was able to force a draw against a young National Master (It is possible to play through the game at the link). NM Praveen Balakrishnan may become very strong in the next few years. Show More Summary

A Plate of Fried Liver

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A Tasty Dish The Fried Liver Attack scores about 75% for White, which helps explain why chess coaches everywhere urge the Traxler Counter Attack (4...Bc5) or 5...Na5, which seems to go by several names. Despite Black's abysmal record, I am of the opinion that Black is no worse with correct play. Show More Summary

A Magnet Sacrifice

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Chess vocabulary varies and can be colorful. This morning, as I was reading S. Tartakower and J. Du Mont, 500 Master Games of Chess (1975 [1952]), I came across an old term for the maneuver that is usually called decoy these days. The term attraction is also used by some, such as Chess Tempo. Show More Summary

More Practice

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I have been exploring the merits of a pawn sacrifice offered by Wilhelm Steinitz, and refused by his opponent. The position arises from the Italian Opening and features a dubious sortie by White's dark-squared bishop. Yesterday's "Some Miniatures" offered some games that Black won quickly after White grabbed the pawn. Show More Summary

Some Miniatures

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Playing Against Steinitz Wilhelm Steinitz offered a pawn to Serafino Dubois in their game during the London International Chess Congress, 1862. Johann Lowenthal comments in the tournament book that Dubois "was not to be tempted" (The Chess Congress of 1862 [1864], 102). Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Preparing for State My students this week are seeing a position from a game played by Irina Krush. Advanced students are seeing the entire game, and many get to try their hand at playing the attack that she used to finish the game. I found the game on a video put on YouTube to advertise Krushing Attacks by U.S.. Show More Summary

Assaulting the King

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The Nature of Blitz In a recent blitz game, I made an unsound sacrifice of a knight for two pawns to launch an attack on my opponent's king. Had he defended properly, my attack would have faltered. He failed. My attack, also, contained several inaccuracies. Show More Summary

Building upon Morphy

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Ten games won by Paul Morphy are the source for nineteen middlegame positions in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) by Rashid Ziyatdinov. These games have provided a core for my chess study the past ten weeks. Today, I am moving on to Anderssen -- Steinitz, London 1862, game 16 in GM-RAM. Show More Summary

The Opera Game

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

H.R.H. the Duke of Brunswick is a thorough devotee to Caissa; we never saw him but he was playing chess with some one or other. We were frequent visitors to his box at the Italian Opera; he had got a chess-board even there, and played throughout the performance. Show More Summary

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