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Even as we write these lines, the 41st Chess Olympiad is about to commence at Tromsø. We do hope to report on this traditional chess festival... Read more

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Most Unusual Mate in 2: 16 Different Checkmates in One Problem E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00

mate in 2 Today we present one of the longest mates in 2 ever. You see, a normal mate in two is... two moves. This mate in 2 involves 32 moves. How is that possible?

You'll need to find a mate in 2 on each file and rank individually. Therefore, you need to solve 16 separate mate in 2 problems.

Challenge yourself and share you solutions!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:23
 
De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 Review: Part II E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Saturday, 16 August 2014 22:28

1De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 was the mother of all matches, a marathon with 85 games played through six series from June to October 1834.As Garry Kasparov put it, this was essentially the first battle for the chess crown, the forerunner of the world championship.

(For those who missed, the first part of the review is here.)

In this second part of the review our columnist draws attentions to the games of the match and the subsequent fate of the players. -Ed.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 19:35
 
5 Biggest Upsets of Chess Olympiad: Tromso 2014 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 00:00

tromso2014-upsetsToday's topic is the 2014 Chess Olympiad at Tromsø. There were a lot of great games to choose from for our "tradicomedy" article - the biggest upsets.

Today's issue includes the big stars like: Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Vasily Ivanchuck and Hou Yifan. Even they lose games from time to time. Okay, here we go:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 09:45
 
5 Most Typical Types of Chess Players (and how to beat them) E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 00:00

5-most-typical-playersThere are hundreds of millions of chess players in the world, rated from 100 - 2900 ELO. Independent on their chess strength, all players can be subdivided into 5 distinct categories.Knowing what category your opponent belongs to, may significantly help you to decide what strategy is the most effective.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 10:19
 
De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 Review: Part I E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:39

1Our columnist reviews a modern classic that celebrates a saga of epic proportions.

De la Bourdonnais versus McDonnell, 1834 was the mother of all matches, a marathon with 85 games played through six series from June to October 1834. As Garry Kasparov put it, this was essentially the first battle for the chess crown, the forerunner of the world championship. -Ed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 23:10
 
7 Most Important Chess Concepts: In Posters E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 11 August 2014 00:00

6Today we present a collection of chess posters with a quotes about different elements of chess: moves, free choice, conceptions, players, power and masters.

Chess is one of the most complex games where everything plays a significant role.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 09:27
 
5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 04 August 2014 00:00

5 hardest mate in 2Today we present 5 very hard mate-in-two composition for your attention. Look at each of the positions carefully and try to find a combination that leads to mate in 2. These are pretty difficult problems, don't get frustrated if you take long time to solve them, this is normal. Hint: look for a quiet, yet powerful move. This type of compositions almost never start with a check or a capture. Think outside the box. Good luck!

Last Updated on Monday, 18 August 2014 20:05
 
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