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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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2013 was a terrible period for Viswanathan Anand. It was the year in which he lost the world championship title. In the pall of gloom there was one illuminating moment that lit up ... Read More

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Endgame Study (Solution)

The 10th International Solving Contest under the aegis of WFCC took place on Sunday, 26th January, 2014... Read More

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10 Great Endgame Tips by Jose Capablanca E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

capablanca chess endgame tips Jose Raul Capablanca, a Cuban chess player, who held a Word Championship title for 7 years is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Capablanca was renowned for his exceptional endgame skills, superb technique in theoretical positions and exceptional speed of play. Here are the 10 great endgame tips, straight from Jose Capablanca, about his area of expertise: the endgame!

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 09:00
 
3 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever: Part 2 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

mate in 2 Today we present the second part of the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever. Many readers were able to find the correct solutions for the first 5 problems. We have increased the difficulty of the previous problems and published some mate-in-3 problems.That turned out to be more difficult, so here it is, we're back to mate in 2 again. Give it a try.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:57
 
3 Excuses That Prevent Us from Becoming Stronger Chess Players E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00

excuses 3Today I have compiled a list of the 3 most common excuses that chess players all over the world make, that they think prevent them from becoming a stronger chess player.

Curious? Maybe these are the very same excuses you make as well? Let’s find out!

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 09:31
 
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 Hardest Mate-in-3 Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00

hardest mate in 3 everWe have recently published the 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever, this problem set is a continuation of that series. Since some of the solvers were complaining that the mates-in-2 were to easy we decided to increase a difficulty level by a bit and compiled a list of these 5 great compositions.

Give your brain a workout, give it a try!

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 08:37
 
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 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
 
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