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Endgame Study #11

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The 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing was held early this year by WFCC. In the two-mover section as many... Read more


It’s Your Move #16

“I can’t see you saving this game,” said the player with Black. “I’m a rook up already, and I’m going to get a second queen for good measure.” Read More


Attack on the King: Race on Opposite Sides of The Board E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

attack on the kingOpposite flank attacks is a common element in chess. In the most popular openings like Sicilian – Najdorf, Classical or the Dragon, it is very often that white chooses to castle queenside in order to launch an attack against the black king located on the opposite flank.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 08:18
7 Winning Chess Combinations You Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

winning chess combinations In today's article we will explore some of the most amazing chess combinations. We will analyze the game of players such as Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and so on. These are some of the greatest tactical motifs with mates-in-11, beautiful sacrifices and promotions. Enjoy and learn!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 08:47
Positional Chess Understanding: The Space Advantage E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

space advantageA very common element in chess is the concept of SPACE. Very often we hear masters talking about the importance of space in today's chess. Along with the concept of the bishop pair, the concept of space advantage has become one of the most important factors when it comes to evaluate positions and make decisions in the opening and middlegame.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2015 09:12
10 Best Games by Max Euwe E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 26 June 2015 00:00

max euwe best games of chessMax Euwe was a Dutch chess Grandmaster, fifth World Champion. Euwe was a very theoretical and logical chess player and made his contribution to the  the opening theory. Euwe contributed many of his tournament successes to his superb physical shape and mathematical thinking. He was especially strong in very complicated variations requiring careful evaluation due to his superior calculating ability. There is a lot we can learn from Max Euwe's games.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2015 08:52
3 Best Games of the Week - 11 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

norway chess 2015The Norway Masters did not go well for Carlsen from the very start. Losing on time to Topalov in the first round marked the rest of the event for him and after 4 rounds he was trailing the event with only half a point. In this game we see a spectacular attack by Anand in one classical opening, the Spanish closed variation.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 08:35
From the pages of history: A Tribute to Tal E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Sunday, 28 June 2015 00:00


Twenty three years ago, this day (28th June, 1992) Mikhail Tal passed way and the chess world was plunged in grief. The following obituary appeared at the time-Ed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 June 2015 22:36
Top 7 Reasons to Study Endgames (before anything else) E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

why study endgames why studyTypically players start their chess journey by studying openings, solving tactics and playing as many games as they possibly can. Do you see what’s wrong with this approach? These players are missing out on a huge part of chess, namely THE ENDGAME. That is the part of the game that starts after the first 30-35 moves are played and there aren’t many pieces left on the board. Why is it so important to study endgames? We are about to find out.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:32
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