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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

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Middlegame Novelty?

19 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Cranking my way through games in old Chess Informants, I thought that one particular game seemed familiar. Indeed, Psakhis -- Pomes, Groningen 1990 (CI 50/304) followed Huebner -- Nogueiras, Barcelona 1989 (CI 47/343) until move 23. White to move Psakhis played 23.Rb6!Huebner had played 23.c3 and Nogueras found a stalemate resource at move 41. Show More Summary

Pawn Wars

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In a game played ten years ago, Sergei Rublevsky had a one pawn advantage. White to move He played 33.Rxd5!A forcing sequence resulted. 33...Bxd5 34.Bxd5 Kf7 35.Re1 Raa6 36.Kg1 Ke7 37.Rxe6 Rxe6 38.Bxe6 Kxe6 White to move Rublevsky was able to win the pawn ending. The game was published as Chess Informant 91/236.

An Unplayed Brilliancy

4 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This was a betrayal of myself.Mikhail TalThere is a line of the Alekhine Defense in which the Black king strolls towards the center after White's knight sacrifice. The line resembles the Fried Liver Attack, but is more often played by Grandmasters.In one game, Bent Larsen defended the Black side well and won a nice miniature against Mikahil Tal. Show More Summary

Six Pawn Endings

Lesson of the Week Thinking that my top students had already mastered these elementary endings, I put them before a couple of students this week as a quick review. It turns out to have been a good thing to review because not every student quickly knew the correct answers. Show More Summary

Morphy's Fingerprints

...from this fingerprint, the associated game can be identified.Rashid Ziyatdinov, GM-RAMSince mid-summer, a handful of my students have been slowly working through eighteen games played by Paul Morphy. I printed the scores for all of his games from the First American Chess Congress 1857. Show More Summary

Elementary Rook Ending

In this diagram, if it is White's move, it is an elementary Lucena Position. But what if is is Black's move? Black to move

Mate in Ten

In the International Chess Tournament, London 1851, Adolf Anderssen prevailed over all of his opponents. Through play of casual games, he and József Szén determined that one of the two of them would win the event. The two met in the second round, which Anderssen won 4-2. Show More Summary

An Unsound Sacrifice?

In a game that permitted too little time for thinking. I gave up a knight to expose my opponent's king. As is the norm in blitz, we both misplayed the continuation.This position arose via the Ponziani.Stripes,J (1792) -- Internet Opponent...Show More Summary

Training with Anderssen

Imbalances are the doorway to planning.Jeremy Silman, How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th ed. (2010)In Adolf Anderssen's well-known miniature against Carl Mayet, Anderssen missed the best move. Many ambitious players study this game because...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Most of my advanced students this week will see a position from Anderssen -- Staunton, London 1851. Focus, however, will be upon an unplayed variation. I used a position from late in this game as the week's lesson early in 2014 (seeShow More Summary

Problem in the French

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The Exchange variation of the French is reputed to give Black easy equality, but it remains a popular choice among amateur players. In a recent online game played at fifteen minutes for the whole game, I quickly found myself in trouble...Show More Summary

Sacrificial Attack

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In keeping with the theme of the name of the tournament, today's Solstice Sacrifice youth chess tournament has a problem solving contest concerning a sacrificial attack. In this case, all six positions are theoretical positions that might have occurred, but did not, in Mayet -- Anderssen, 1851.Black has a winning sequence from each position. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Analyzing Variations

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week My chess students range from beginners struggling to remember how all the pieces move to several of the top local scholastic competitors. In a club for beginners this week, I worked with most of the students individually...Show More Summary

Teaching Elementary Checkmates

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week How do you teach to young children the elementary checkmate of queen and king versus a lone king? Is it important to stress coordination of the two pieces working in harmony? Does each piece do its work in succession?In teaching this skill, chess coaches must balance simplicity with efficiency. Show More Summary

Defend Well

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

White has gained two pawns through Black's short-sighted plan. But, now Black's attack looks serious. How does White maintain maintain the advantage? White to move White played bxc4 and lost quickly.

McDonnell -- De La Bourdonnais 1834: Index

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I am working my way through all of the available games of Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835). Most of these were part of his six matches with Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840). These matches were played at the Westminster Chess Club in London. Show More Summary

A Powerful Pawn

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

McDonnell -- La Bourdonnais 1834 Five months ago I began posting analysis of the games of the first match between Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835) and Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais (1795-1840). My analysis is unaided by computer analysis. Show More Summary

Forcing Checkmate

3 weeks 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

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

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


4 weeks 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.

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