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Filed Under:Hobbies / Chess
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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Forcing Checkmate

2 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

White to move It is checkmate in five from this position. My opponent missed a delaying move, so I was able to mate in four.

Lesson of the Week

American Thanksgiving cut out most of my school clubs and half of my private lessons this week. Even so, I still met with my beginning students at one school and a few advanced students in individual lessons.My advanced students are all going through the games Paul Morphy played in the First American Chess Congress, 1857. Show More Summary


3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I found all the elements of this combination, except the first move. It had been among my candidates, but somehow I dismissed it without clear analysis. White to play The position appears in the Anthology of Chess Combinations, third edition (2005). It is from the game Sokolsky -- Koifman, 1948.

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 11

5 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Magnus Carlsen is on the cusp of successfully defending his World Champion title. The former champion and challenger, Viswanathan Anand, was able to reach a promising position against Carlsen's Grunfeld Defense in game 10, but released the pressure and the game fizzled out as a draw.Carlsen leads 5.5 - 4.5. Show More Summary

Problems with Knights

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

These six chess problems all feature knights in a critical role. They were assembled as a problem solving contest for the Black Knight's Joust, a youth chess tournament that I am directing today. All entries with six correct answersShow More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 10

World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads challenger and former champion Viswanathan Anand 5-4 after nine games. The match is being played at the Olympic Media Center in Sochi, Russia. Yesterday's game 9 started with the variation of the Berlin Defense to the Spanish Opening that appeared in game 7. Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

The lessons this week focus on elementary tactics that build a foundation for more complex tactics. They stem from a major blunder by the current World Champion. Magnus Carlsen is the highest rated player in history and regarded by growing numbers as the strongest player ever. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 9

When I awoke at 4:10 am, the ninth game of the World Championship had been underway a few minutes. I grabbed my iPad from the side of the bed and checked on the game. Seeing that it was another Berlin Defense, I put the iPad down and went back to sleep.No, I do not consider the Berlin boring. Show More Summary

Slaying Blind Pigs

My low rated opponent opponent threatened a draw by repetition with his blind pigs. I was happy to find the antidote in this blitz game. White to move

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 8

Carlsen's Theoetical Novelty There is a lot of talk that Magnus Carlsen does not study the openings, but simply plays very good chess. He plays better chess than anyone else, ever.Viswanathan Anand is almost a legend in his opening preparation. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 7

A Record of Sorts Half-way through the World Championship in Sochi, Russia, Magnus Carlsen leads Viswanathan Anand 3.5-2.5. Carlsen has his second consecutive White today. Anand opted for the Berlin Defense against Carlsen's SpanishShow More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 6

Viswanathan Anand is defending a difficult position in the Sicilian Kan against Magnus Carlsen. It is game six of the World Championship match. The match is tied at 2.5-2.5.Anand had the first White, so now Carlsen gets White two games in a row. Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 5

In order to blog the World Championship match, I need to set the alarm to arise early. I was awake a few minutes after today's game began and looked at the game on my iPad from the comfort of bed. An hour later, I looked at the gameShow More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Three by Greco My students this week are seeing one or more of model games composed by Gioachino Greco (1600-1634). Beginning students are seeing a short opening sequence with two critical errors. I discuss every move. Advanced students see this brief game with less commentary and then two others. Show More Summary

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 4

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The World Championship match between challenger and former champion Viswanathan Anand and defender Magnus Carlsen is developing into in an exciting duel. Carlsen drew first blood by winning game 2. Anand struck back in game 3.I am following...Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 3

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mid-afternoon in Sochi, Russia is very early in the morning in Spokane, Washington, USA. I opted to sleep until my normal 6:00 am wake-up time this morning. When I awoke, Viswanathan Anand was in the midst of a long think after Magnus...Show More Summary

Knockout Blow

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Too much online chess at short time controls makes a player sloppy. I missed the strongest move here, although it was still there a move later when I found it. White to move

Carlsen -- Anand, Game 2

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

After a hard-fought draw yesterday, the colors switch for today's World Championship game. Magnus Carlsen, the champion, has White. The challenger and former champion, Viswanathan Anand, has Black.The official website's biography of the players offers that Carlsen's favorite move is 1.d4 and Anand's is 1.e4. Show More Summary

Anand -- Carlsen, Game 1

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The World Chess Championship has begun.Will Viswanathan Anand regain his title from Magnus Carlsen? Anand's loss last year capped a period of several years where his play had been uninspiring. Nor was he considered the favorite to win the Candidates Tournament and earn another match. Show More Summary

Memorable Games

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week In Chess Training for Budding Champions (2001), Jesper Hall recommends creating a book or database with one's best games or combinations. In order to train well an aspiring chess player must have fun.Everyone has his own moments of happiness, moments that must not be forgotten. Show More Summary

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