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Chess Problem # 9

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


10 Best Chess Games by Vasily Smyslov E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

vasily smyslov best gamesVasily Smyslov was a World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was also a candidate for the World Championship Matches on 8 different occasions and has won 17 (!) Chess Olympiad medals (all time record). Smyslov was a strong positional chess player, and at the same time a very technical endgame expert. He made a gigantic contribution in development of the opening theory, especially in openings like English, Sicilian and Grunfeld.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:00
Queen and Knight vs Queen and Bishop: What Wins? E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 11 May 2015 00:00

queen and knightIt is a well known concept that the queen and knight team works better than the queen and bishop. All the experienced and strong players are well aware of this strategic nuance. However, at a lower level, even though this concept is told several times, the less experienced players fail to understand WHY and, what's more important: exploit its advantages.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 09:01
Garry Kasparov - Battle of The Legends E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 07 May 2015 00:00

kasparovIt is quite difficult to write something about Kasparov that has not been written before. Without a doubt, he is one of the best players in the history of Chess, if not the best. It's been more than ten years since Garry's retirement and the chess world is yet to find a replacement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:55
3 Best Games of the Week - 7 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

carlsen shakmir 2015Our first game is the recent victory of Carlsen over the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. A quiet Ruy Lopez (Berlin variation) in which Carlsen shows how he can set problems for his opponents even in quiet positions that are close to equal.

Kramnik did not react in the best way to Carlsen's a4-a5 idea and couldn't find the right defense.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:49
The Exchange Sacrifice: Topalov Way E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 08 May 2015 00:00

exchange sacrifice In our previous article on this subject, we wrote about the characteristics of the exchange sacrifice, dividing them in two groups. Sacrifices are done in order to attack the opponent’s position and sacrifices in order to defend from our opponent's threats. Let's review our list from our previous article.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 May 2015 09:08
10 Best Chess Games by Boris Spassky E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

boris spassky best gamesBoris Spassky was the 10th World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. He has defeated Petrosian to become world champion. Spassky is known for his universal playing style, excelling in the middle-game and tactics, but inferior in the opening phase. He is known as one of the greatest living chess GMs and currently the oldest living world champion.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:52
10 Best Chess Games by Mikhail Tal E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 20:35

tal best gamesMikhail Tal was the 8th World Chess Champion and widely recognized as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time. "Misha" was known for his unpredictability and superb improvisation. Tal holds the records for the first and second longest unbeaten streaks in professional chess. There is a lot you can learn from his attacking masterpieces.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 08:42
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