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  • Happy International Chess Day! | 20/07/2021 14:20:38 | Reads: 14
    International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded on 20th July in 1924 in Paris, under the motto “Gens una Sumus” (Latin for “We are one Family”). Today, FIDE celebrates the 97th birthday anniversary and the whole World celebrates the International Chess Day! Two years ago, on 12 December 2019, the General Assembly of United Nations proclaimed 20 July […]
  • Tales from CYCC 2021 (3) | 20/07/2021 11:01:11 | Reads: 2
    “He who analyses blitz is stupid” GM Rashid Nezhmetdinov A score of 4 out of 5 with two rounds to go normally pairs you against a strong opponent. The game did not look like that. It was more of an exchange of errors in the middle game. My student’s opponent was rated 400 points lower … Continue reading "Tales from CYCC 2021 (3)" The post Tales from CYCC 2021 (3) appeared...
  • Comeback Kid | 18/07/2021 19:55:10 | Reads: 3
    It’s an interesting question for all sportspeople. When should you retire? Should you quit when you’re at the top, or keep going as long as you’re able to do so. And, once you’ve retired, should you consider making a comeback? It’s very much a personal choice, isn’t it, especially if you’re a world class practitioner … Continue reading "Comeback...
  • Aronian describes his trip to Sochi after withdrawal #TweetOftheDay | 18/07/2021 17:02:33 | Reads: 23
    After withdrawal from the FIDE World Cup 2021 due to a fever and Covid19 symptoms, Levon Aronian made a joke with his fans describing his trip to Sochi. Read more: Aronian forfeits the 1st game at the FIDE World Cup We hope that a good sense of humor comes with good health. Fast recovery Levon, […]
  • FIDE WORLD CUP 2021 – Round 3 underway | 18/07/2021 16:53:16 | Reads: 22
    The 2nd round of the FIDE World Chess Cup 2021 brought several upsets and surprising results. 29 matches, in both Opean and Women’s sections, were decided in tiebreaks. Shortly before the start of the Round 2, Levon Aronian announced that he will definitely withdraw from the event due to a high fever. Read more: Aronian […]
  • A Foundation for Beginners Twenty Six | 16/07/2021 12:31:44 | Reads: 2
    Over the last few weeks, we have examined the fork, specifically how to employ this tactic. This week we will look at the fork from a defensive position. In other words, how do you deal with a fork if you are on the receiving side of this tactic. Defending against a fork can be difficult … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Twenty Six" The post A Foundation for Beginners Twenty...
  • One player tested positive on Covid19 at the FIDE World Cup 2021 | 15/07/2021 23:24:47 | Reads: 24
    When the round 2 of the FIDE World Cup 2021 started today, it looked like everything will go smoothly. At the start of the round, the reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen received the 2020 Fair Play Svetozar Gligoric award from the hands of FIDE Vice President Mahir Mammedov. However, after 10 minutes of play, […]
  • FIDE WORLD CUP 2021 – Top seeds join the fights | 15/07/2021 15:00:56 | Reads: 25
    The FIDE World Cup 2021 kicked off in Sochi, Russia. The event takes place from 10 July – 8 August 2021 at the Galaxy Entertainment And Leisure Complex. Of the 309 qualified players in the Open and Women’s groups, there were only 8 justified nonappearances, essentially due to travel-related problems. The event opened with an […]
  • Aronian forfeits the 1st game at the FIDE World Cup #TweetOftheDay | 15/07/2021 14:53:00 | Reads: 21
    World No.5 Levon Aronian forfeited the first game of the FIDE World Cup. Aronian should have debuted in the 2021 FIDE World Cup, starting the competition from the round 2. However, it has been decided that Levon will not come to game 1 as he had symptoms of fever. “Even though Aronian feels well now, […]
  • X-terminate ’em with the X-change Variation | 14/07/2021 19:44:18 | Reads: 21
    Covering ‘X’ was always going to be a challenge so I cheated with some spellings. Several different Exchange Variations are possible, for example in the French (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5) and Slav (1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5) Defences. The one I have in mind is the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez with 1.e4 … Continue reading "X-terminate ’em with the X-change Variation" The...
  • Tales from CYCC 2021 (2) | 13/07/2021 12:00:40 | Reads: 23
    “He who analyses blitz is stupid” GM Rashid Nezhmetdinov Last week we looked at games 2, 3 and 4 played by my U10 student at the online CYCC 2021. The first game had nothing to look at. With 3 points out of 4 games and a bad game behind him, he needed to rebound in … Continue reading "Tales from CYCC 2021 (2)" The post Tales from CYCC 2021 (2) appeared first on The Chess...
  • Ίκαρος 2021: Έναρξη με προσεκτικές κινήσεις! | 12/07/2021 14:29:00 | Reads: 27
    Άποψη του αγωνιστικού χωρου στο Αθλητικό Κέντρο Αγίου Κηρυκου το οποίο γέμισε με τραπέζια και σκακιέρες σε κατάλληλες αποστάσεις σύμφωνα με το αγωνιστικό πρωτόκολλο της ΕΣΟ και της ΓΓΑ - The playing area at Aghios Kirykos Sports Center full of...
  • Culture Wars (11-07-21) | 11/07/2021 12:00:01 | Reads: 32
    Nigel posted an interesting thought on social media the other day. “I sense that a chess ‘kulturkampf’ is brewing with digital Bongcloudistas vs cantankerous traditionalists. Battle lines are currently being drawn with just an occasional skirmish at present…” In my new career as a chess book reviewer in another place, it’s very noticeable that there’s...
  • A Foundation for Beginners Twenty Five | 09/07/2021 09:19:34 | Reads: 17
    Last week, we started looking at the fork, another tactic the beginner should have in his or her chess player’s tool box. A fork occurs when one pawn or piece attacks two or more pawns or pieces simultaneously (at the same time). Any member of your army can employ a fork, even the pawn and … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners Twenty Five" The post A Foundation for Beginners...
  • Whack ’em with the Wing Gambit | 07/07/2021 16:00:57 | Reads: 18
    An opening that I’ve had a long standing affection for is the Wing Gambit against the Sicilian Defence (1.e5 c5 2.b4!?). I recommended it for White in my 2007 book, Gambiteer I, something that drew a mixed reception. Club players who tried it in their games reported having a lot of fun with it, several … Continue reading "Whack ’em with the Wing Gambit" The post Whack ’em...