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  • Ars Longa Vita Brevis | 5 hours and 47 minutes ago | Reads: 0
    [T]he depressing recollection of the great miseries, losses and anguish that were suffered during the war … still weighed heavily on the spirits of all the participants [ of Hastings 1945-1946] … I resolved to concentrate all my efforts on not thinking about it all; that is to say, on banishing from my memory, for […]
  • Creativity In Endgames | 1 day and 5 hours ago | Reads: 2
    A general assumption about the endgame is that it is boring and merely technique. But this is far from the truth. The reason behind the belief is that people tend not to find any action while studying endgames. It might be similar to mathematics where one plus one is two but not 100%. Similarly to […]
  • Αποτελέσματα 2ου γύρου – Ομαδικό Παίδων Κορασίδων | 1 day and 22 hours ago | Reads: 4
    Με νικήτρια την ομάδα της ΝΕΠ στο ντέρμπι της δεύτερης αγωνιστικής με την ΕΑΠ ολοκληρώθηκε ο δεύτερος γύρος του ομαδικού πρωταθλήματος παίδων κορασίδων της ΕΣΣΠ. Πατραϊκός, ΝΕ Πατρών και Αγρίνιο προηγούνται με δύο...
  • The Wrong Rook | 2 days and 5 hours ago | Reads: 4
    Game Robert Byrne – Fischer, US Championship 1963/64 Comments after 14.Rfd1 … “Add another to those melancholy case histories entitled: The Wrong Rook.” Robert Fischer “This is very much a case of ‘the wrong rook’. One can understand Byrne’s desire to break the pin on the e2-knight, but this turns...
  • King and Pawn Endings – or Lazy Analysis | 3 days and 5 hours ago | Reads: 7
    The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White plays 1. Qf4!. This wins after 1…Kh8 2. Qh6 Rg8 3.Rf3 Qf8 4. Qxh7+! and mates. King and Pawn endings are good at showing the perils of lazy analysis. Lazy analysis costs points. If White lazily plays 1. b7 in the diagram position, he will only […]
  • Updates | 4 days and 5 hours ago | Reads: 8
    This week, some updates on my last three posts. First, some more very sad news. Just a couple of weeks on from the death of Richard Haddrell, English chess has lost another of its most valued administrators: John Philpott. John, like Richard, had held many different roles over several decades at club, county (Essex), regional […]
  • Social Day at Russian Chess Championships Superfinal | 4 days and 8 hours ago | Reads: 8
    The Russian Chess Championships Superfinal, which is underway in Novosibirsk, had a day off on October 22. All chess events running under Chess in Museums project, carried out by RCF and Timchenko Charitable Foundation, feature a special program for a rest day, which primarily aims at children. Master-classes and simultaneous displays give chess fans a [...]
  • Texas Collegiate Chess Super Finals | 4 days and 11 hours ago | Reads: 8
    Live games with analysis
  • Oxygen | 5 days and 5 hours ago | Reads: 9
    Those of you who read my social media posts know that I’ve been going through hyperbaric (oxygen) therapy in preparation for a major surgical procedure in November. With this type of treatment, you’re placed in a sealed Acrylic tank, pressurized to thirty feet below the ocean’s surface and bombarded with 100% pure oxygen. Each dive, […]
  • Russian Superfinal – Round 6 | 5 days and 6 hours ago | Reads: 8
    Pogonina catches up with Kosteniuk. Six players remain on top in the men's Superfinal.
  • Back in the UK | 5 days and 23 hours ago | Reads: 10
    After 2 months in the United States, I’ve finally made it back to the UK. I panicked when I was in the taxi on the way to JFK as I realized I was travelling without my Biometrics Card which is needed every time I enter and exit the UK. Luckily for me they weren’t too […]
  • Εικόνες | 6 days and 3 hours ago | Reads: 9
    Ο παγκόσμιος πρωταθλητής Μάγκνους Κάρλσεν πέρασε ινκόγκνιτο από το Washington Square Park της Νέας Υόρκης χωρίς να βάλει μάσκα ή να μεταμφιεστεί. Οι θαμώνες έτσι και αλλιώς δεν παρακολουθούν την επικαιρότητα, είναι αφοσιωμένοι...
  • Μικρά μυστικά για να παίξετε Μυθικό Σκάκι – μέρος 4 | 6 days and 4 hours ago | Reads: 13
    Συνεργασία του Θέμη Αργυρακόπουλου Αντί Κίρκη (Anti Circe) Όταν πιάσει μία μυθική συνθήκη, συνήθως την ακολουθούν διάφορες παραλλαγές. Στην Αντί Κίρκη, η διαφορά είναι ότι τώρα θα αναγεννηθεί στο αρχικό τετράγωνο μιας...
  • British CC Championship 2016/8 | 6 days and 5 hours ago | Reads: 12
    The British Correspondence Chess Championship 2016/8 was underway on 1st October 2016 on the ICCF Server. There are fifteen players, including two SIMs, three IMs and one CCE. This is the first time I have played in a British Championship and this year is the first time that title qualifications are available. The three highest rated […]
  • Russian Superfinal – Round 5 | 6 days and 13 hours ago | Reads: 14
    Six men on top in Novosibirsk. Kosteniuk leads the women's Superfinal despite losing today.