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  • Chess Tales from Asia - The Great Singapore Swindles (Part 1)

     Greetings from Singapore! Now, the island I come from isn't exactly well known for chess (prowess) but very often, when FIDE-rated expatriates show up (usually for post-grad studies) in our local tourneys for the first time, they tend to be s... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 1

    Target Consciousness. I coined this phrase long ago, and I still consider it to be of enormous use to students who want to play much stronger chess, and also appreciate high-level games. The concept is simple: you need to train your mind to spot t... | Read More

  • 2013 Michigan Fall Chess Festival

    The Third Annual Michigan Chess Festival took place October 23-27 at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI.  I have played in each festival, and it gets bigger and stronger every year! Here, organizer Alan Kaufman outdid himself, as 60 players and ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: Semi-Smothered Mate

    The combination we are going to discuss today happens mostly in openings. The key features of the pattern are: The opponent's king is surrounded by his own pieces that block all the escape squares except two. Your bishop covers two remaining ... | Read More

  • Magnificent Seven

    © 2013, José Diaz  Links Interview with José Diaz José Diaz Official Website   | Read More

  • GM Kraai Releases "Lisa: A Chess Novel"

    Fellow chessplayers, Chess has been a private part of my life. What I mean is that my non-chessplaying friends could never really appreciate what I was doing. So I hid it away. My chess novel, "Lisa," is my attempt to tell them, through a story.... | Read More

  • Ashes! Ashes! The Flag is Falling Down at Death Match 19

    In 1882, Australian cricketers came to London and won a test match in England for the first time ever. "The Ashes" of English cricket tradition were transported back with the victors to the Southern Hemisphere.  The two countries continue t... | Read More

  • Un Lucena mal planteado

    El título del siguiente post es curioso, ya lo sé, pero "iré por partes" como decía Jack el Destripador. El Lucena es una conocida posición de finales de ajedrez que es fundamental para aquellos que quieran progresar en su técnica de ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #13 - Be Like Fischer

    “How nice to have both of you in my class today,” said ProfessorPando to his two prize students, Zephyr and Lucian.  --- “Perhaps you can put your heads together and tackle a fairly difficult problem. Sometimes, though not all the time, two... | Read More

  • After There Were Books . . .

         This article came about in a most curious fashion.  I was looking deeply into the "celebrated" (as George Walker called it in 1838) La Bourdonnais - M'Donnell match of 1834. This sniffing around led me into a discussion with a gentleman... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 3

    Last week we looked at a topic of how modern players learn from classics in endgames where there are rooks present with opposite-colored bishops. We analyzed two classic games where the ideas of 1) a passed pawn and 2) domination showed up. We com... | Read More

  • Q&A with Coach Heisman Oct 25, 2013

    "What do you tell someone who is losing too much?" The main reason for losing too much is playing too many players who are much higher rated than you! So we have to ask, "Do you mean you are in a slump (If so, check out Breaking a Slump) and losi... | Read More

  • Rubinstein's Queenless Masterpieces

    One of the classical players who influenced me the most was Akiba Rubinstein, born in 1882. Rubinstein was, along with Paul Keres, the best player never to play a match for the world championship. Rubinstein is known for his very objective and c... | Read More

  • Salo Flohr and the Fickle Winds of Fate

    Salo (short for Salomon) Flohr was born 1908 in Horodenka, which was in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Alas, 1908 was a bit close to WWI (which started in 1914), and when his parents were butchered during the war, Salo and his brother, suddenly... | Read More

  • Un final ganado

    Típica es la frase que se repite en el medio ajedrecístico chileno donde se dice que "ganado son las vacas" para referirse a una posición ventajosa donde determinado jugador no supo encontrar la jugada que lo hubiese llevado a la victoria. ... | Read More

  • Tactical Patterns Everyone Should Know: The Siberian Trap

    What in the world is the Siberian Trap you might ask. Is it what Russians use in taiga to hunt the Siberian tiger? One of the World Heritage Sites, the Putorana Plateau, is composed of Siberian Traps | Image Wikipedia Well, if you ever tr... | Read More

  • Being a Good Tactician Requires Pattern Recognition AND Analysis

    I've noticed that many inexperienced players believe that becoming a good tactician is primarily a matter of obtaining a large mental "database" of familiar tactical patterns, somewhat as they think becoming a good opening player means memorizing ... | Read More

  • Winning against stronger opponents

    Many of us know how hard it is to pull up a game against a solid opponent. But today, what I would like to show you is how to actually withstand the sharp attacks and precise maneuvers of a stronger player and be exactly that kind of nuisance all ... | Read More

  • Pandolfini's Puzzler #12 - Put the King Back

    “A while back,” Professor Pando began, “I came upon the following interesting position. Oh, by the way, it was created by a very famous chess player, who was best known for the puzzles he made. His name was Sam Loyd.” --- “It’s a... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 2

    Last week was the first installment of the series Heritage in Modern Play. Just to remind you, since the topic is still fresh this series aim at systematically studying some of the methods of play and ideas that were invented long ago but still ar... | Read More

  • Endgames and Endgames

    What is an endgame? We have discussed this before. In chess we might define the endgame as a position without queens, or with only queens, or something like that. But in popular culture the word "endgame" is also used. For example, "the endgame of... | Read More

  • Rudolf Spielmann, the Lethal Gentleman!

    Rudolf Spielmann was born in Vienna on May 5, 1883, and he learned how to play chess at a very young age. Reti, in his classic book Masters of the Chessboard, said this: “He learned to play while still a boy and was exhibited in public as ... | Read More

  • The Butterfly Effect, Part 2

    Some time ago we discussed the chess version of the well known phenomenon called the butterfly effect. We could see how a piece or a pawn sitting at one part of the board could affect the outcome of the whole battle on the opposite part of the boa... | Read More

  • Rook and Pawn Ending

    If you have an outside passed pawn in the ending, you want your Rook behind it, and your opponent’s Rook blocking it. This allows you to move your Rook up and down the file to gain or lose temps and the enemy can’t move his Rook else your pawn... | Read More

  • Chess Cartoonist José Diaz Joins Chess.com

    One of the results of Chess.com's acquisition of ChessVibes is that from now on, José Diaz will be posting his cartoons here as well! José is the best chess cartoonist we know, and so we're very happy that he's joining. Many years ago José Dia... | Read More

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