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As we write these lines Viswanathan Anand has won the Candidates' Tournament with a round to spare and become the challenger in the next world championship match.... 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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The 10th International Solving Contest under the aegis of WFCC took place on Sunday, 26th January, 2014... Read More

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New in Chess Yearbook 105 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:15

new in chessChessbibliophile continues his series of reviews on New in Chess Yearbooks, important titles from the point of opening theory-Ed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:32
Zürich Chess Challenge 2014 Day 1: “All is well that ends well!” E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 00:00

zurich chess 2014 day 1The battle has begun…

Our columnist reports on the eagerly awaited tournament of the year and don’t miss the videos.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:05
5 Mate in 5 Chess Compositions E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 27 January 2014 00:00

mate in 5This time we want to present 5 chess compositions in which you need to find mate in 5. It's a little bit more difficult than mate in 3, but much easier than mate in 12 as we have seen earlier. When solving these compositions, make sure to first  study the position and only then move pieces on the board.

Our goal is to visualize the whole variation before touching any pieces. Only then you should play the moves on the board.  That approach maybe more difficult for some players.  Trust me, it will lead to quick tactics improvements and more won games in future.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 11:40
10 Shortest Grandmaster Defeats E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 17:37

10 shortest grandmaster gamesIf you think chess masters don't make mistakes in their games, you should review these 10 shortest games. Many of them ended up with a checkmate, all under 12 moves. This is not a compilation of GM blunders as I presented in Top 10 Biggest Blunders Grandmasters Made at Chess, but rather a compilation of short games lost by the strong players.

Here it is, for you to judge.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2014 21:34
5 Reasons to Have a Chess App on Your Smartphone E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:00

chess appsChess is an ancient game created more than 1500 years ago.

Smartphone is a relatively new technology which is roughly 20 years old (believe it or not). 

What if the two combined together and can be carried in your pocket all the time? Isn't it amazing? Here is why you should have a chess app on your phone:

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 11:37
10 Awesome Modern Chess Art Images E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 24 January 2014 00:00

intro chess artToday we present you the 10 awesome chess drawings by Mr. Stushie. Feel free to check out his Flickr page for more amazing chess graphics and content.

Every picture in his collection has a deep meaning...

For example, the one you see on the right is a chess knight at school learning how to fork pieces, checkmate with his friend Bishop and complete the Knight Tour!

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 10:17
New in Chess Yearbook 104 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:00

new in chess 104Chessbibliophile continues his series of reviews on New in Chess Yearbooks, important titles from the point of opening theory. If you wish to read a review of the New in Chess Yearbook 103 it may be found here -Ed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 09:30
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