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Archived Since:August 3, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Wednesday Morning

3 days agoHobbies / 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

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

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

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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

3 weeks 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

last monthHobbies / 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

last monthHobbies / 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

Wasting Time

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

We are past the Ides of March, and I am still pursuing my project for the year that began in early December. Each week, with the beginning of the week on Wednesday, I am going through one game from the 59 in GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) by Rashid Ziyatdinov. Show More Summary

The Sentinel

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A lonely sentinel stands on the forward point of a fortress. He cannot be removed by the enemy, but nor can he retreat. As long as he stands there, the forces back home are safe from attack. White to move This position is from Gashimov -- Dominguez Perez, Nice 2010. Show More Summary

One Game

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The past few weeks I have been trying to avoid long strings of online blitz games. It's not always easy. Instead, I try to play a single 15 minute game with a ten second increment. Yesterday's sole game was short, but easily could have...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My chess lessons this week have been tailored for different groups and individuals. Beginners Watching one of my young pupils chase a lone king with a queen and a knight until I, as the tournament director, stepped in and called the game drawn by the fifty move rule influenced my choice of lessons for the groups comprised mainly of beginners. Show More Summary

Hitting the Books

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Context A distinctive element of GM-RAM: Essential Grandmaster Knowledge (2000) draws in some readers and pushes many others away. Rashid Ziyatdinov's book contains diagrams without analysis. The author explains that the book is more of an exam than an instructional book. Show More Summary

Sacrifice Everything

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Black to move This position is Problem 12 in Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations, 5th ed. (2014), published by Ĺ ahovski Informator (Chess Informant). For the past several years, I have been enjoying the electronic edition of Anthology of Chess Combinations, 3rd ed (2005) and will continue to do so. Show More Summary

Decoy Sacrifice

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Young players in my school clubs, as well as those receiving individual instruction, are presented with a position from an online game played last week.Black threatens to bring the rook to g2, forking queen and pawn and demanding further concessions from White. Show More Summary

Manual of Chess Combinations

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In January, a young woman showed up at a youth chess tournament that I was running with an interesting book of chess combinations. She told me that this book had been recommended by her coach, who is a Russian master. She also said that...Show More Summary

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