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 Endgame Study #13

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You are playing against Magnus Carlsen in the Blitz Championship. He has drifted into a lost position with some careless play. Read More


Burying the Enemy's Bishop E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 23 May 2016 00:00

bishop-antiOne of the main strategies in chess is not only to achieve a goal through a plan but also to prevent your opponent from achieving his goal, whatever it might be. The same goes when it comes to the pieces on the board; we should always try to drive our opponent's pieces into bad squares or limit their activity to the minimum.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2016 08:40
ChessBase 13: In Search of The Treasure Trove E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Saturday, 21 May 2016 00:00


Our columnist introduces ChessBase 13 program with special emphasis on its database-Ed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 13:42
The Rook Sacrifice E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 00:00

rook sacrificeAn effective way of improving quickly in chess is by learning the most common patterns of play and recognizing them during your own games. Grandmasters usually recommend beginners to examine games by strong players as a way of improvement. However, for beginners this might be confusing; how to improve just by going through games?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 08:26
3 Best Games of The Week - 33 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 15 May 2016 00:00

nakamusaThis is our first selection for this section. Nakamura showed a very nice opening idea in the semi slav with 5.g3 and put a lot of pressure on black's position early in the game.

The game is very instructive as it shows the value of development and the compensation for a pawn that white had during the whole game.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2016 13:53
7 Greatest Queen Sacrifices Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 20 May 2016 00:00

queen sacrificeThe queen sacrifice can be very powerful if used correctly. First of all, most players won't anticipate it, because the queen is something extremely valuable and not many players are checking if their opponent can sac the queen after every move. On the other hand, one must be very careful when committing to the queen sacrifice, because if it doesn't work out correctly the game is most likely over. In fact, many if not most queen sacrifices on amateur level end in a fiasco for the one who "saced" the queen. Today we will take a look at 7 queen sacrifice masterpieces.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:15
10 Best King and Pawn Endgames E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 16 May 2016 00:00

best king and pawn endgamesKing and pawn endgame is one of the most important and fundamental types of endings that any chess player must know. It is very important to be able to quickly identify if this position is a draw, win or a loss. It is also very important to be familiar with a technique of playing one or another king and pawn position, so that it can be played in minimum amount of time. Today we will take a look at some of the best examples of correctly played endgames by some of the greatest chess players.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 May 2016 09:04
10 Best Chess Games by Hikaru Nakamura E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 12 May 2016 21:14

NakamuraHikaru Nakamura is an outstanding American talent who has been the U.S. Champion four times. He has won many elite chess tournaments including Tata Steel 2011, London Chess Classic 2013 and Zurich Chess Challenge 2015. Garry Kasparov described his win in Tata Steel as “the best result by an American since 1895.”

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2016 08:53
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