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  • Quick Decisions (6) | 08/06/2021 12:30:34 | Reads: 8
    “Choices are the hinges of destiny” Pythagoras A couple of games from the past 2 rounds of our club tournament provided instructive positions. The first one of them is from an endgame. Black’s last move was 29… c6. Have a look at the position but not at the solution and decide what you would have … Continue reading "Quick Decisions (6)" The post Quick Decisions (6) appeared...
  • Two Instructive Endings | 06/06/2021 10:11:25 | Reads: 8
    I’ve played two rather similar endings online recently. Both started off with bishop against knight before the minor pieces were traded off into a pawn ending. I was very lucky to win both games after my opponents, with not a lot of time on the clock, went wrong. In the first game I was black … Continue reading "Two Instructive Endings" The post Two Instructive Endings appeared first...
  • Grand Chess Tour – Romania 2021 LIVE | 04/06/2021 23:08:15 | Reads: 25
    The first event of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, Superbet Chess Classic 2021, will take place from June 3-15, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be hosted in Stejarii County Club, with 10 participants playing a 9 rounds round-robin tournament. The total prize fund is 325.000$. List of participants: Fabiano Caruana Levon Aronian Anish Giri […]
  • A Foundation for Beginners Twenty One | 04/06/2021 16:39:18 | Reads: 30
    Last week, we looked at the transition between the opening and middle game. This week, we’ll introduce the meat and potatoes of the middle-game, tactics. Actually, we will spend the next few weeks going over tactics because there’s a lot to it! Before jumping into the world of tactics, we’ll talk about two fundamental skills … Continue reading "A Foundation for Beginners...
  • FIDE World Women’s Team Championship 2021 | 03/06/2021 23:20:53 | Reads: 27
    The FIDE World Women’s Team Championship 2021 will take place from September 26 to October 3 in the city of Sitges. This coastal town in Spain’s Catalonia region hosted 8 editions of an important chess open “Sunway Sitges Chess”. Now, for the first time, Sitges will organize an official FIDE event. The event will feature 12 […]
  • Abdumalik wins FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Gibraltar; Koneru and Lagno qualify for Candidates | 03/06/2021 22:37:00 | Reads: 27
    Zhansaya Abdumalik won the final leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix held in Gibraltar. Abdumalik had a final score of 8.5/11 points to be 1.5 points ahead of the runner-ups. Second in the tournament was Mariya Muzychuk on 7 points, with Kateryna Lagno sharing third with Gunay Mammadzada of Azerbaijan, who had a fine tournament. Cumulative […]
  • FM Calvin Klaasen – live interview with African Champion Jesse Niki February, Thursday at 19:00 CEST | 03/06/2021 15:01:00 | Reads: 26
    The African Continental Women Champion Jesse Nikki February will be the guest in FM Calvin Klaasen’s show “Reflections” this Thursday at 19:00 CEST. Follow it live here. FM Calvin Klaasen is a professional chess player/coach from South Africa. FM Klaasen is the South Africa National Champion for 2017 and has played in multiple Chess Olympiads. He is playing and […]
  • Gulnar Mammadova wins Azerbaijan Women’s Chess Championship 2021 | 02/06/2021 21:27:00 | Reads: 27
    The Azerbaijan Women’s Chess Championship 2021 took place from 21-30 May in Nakhchivan. IM Gulnar Mammadova scored 9/11 points to convincingly win the Championship. Mammadova earned the title of the Azerbaijani Women’s Chess Champion for the first time in her chess career. 18 years old WIM Govhar Beydullayeva, 4 times Azerbaijani Champion WGM Zeinab Mamedjarova […]
  • Grand Chess Tour – Romania 2021 | 02/06/2021 21:25:00 | Reads: 21
    The first event of the 2021 Grand Chess Tour, Superbet Chess Classic 2021, will take place from June 3-15, 2021 in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be hosted in Stejarii County Club, with 10 participants playing a 9 rounds round robin tournament. The total prize fund is 325.000$. In the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, the […]
  • Rip ’em with the Rauzer | 02/06/2021 18:10:18 | Reads: 35
    The Rauzer attack against the Sicilian Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 8.Qd2 followed by 0-0-0 and a kingside pawn advance) is one of two major systems against the Sicilian pioneered by Vsevolod Alfredovich Rauzer; the other one was the Richter-Rauzer attack against the Classical system … Continue reading "Rip ’em with the Rauzer" The post Rip...
  • Magnus Carlsen wins FTX Crypto Chess Cup | 01/06/2021 14:40:00 | Reads: 19
    Magnus Carlsen is the world’s first bitcoin chess champion after overcoming Wesley So in a thrilling FTX Crypto Cup final. The Norwegian takes home the $60,000 first prize plus a 0.6 bitcoin bonus offered by tournament sponsor FTX. It is the largest prize pot ever offered in an elite online chess event. After the see-saw match ended with Carlsen punching […]
  • “What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (47) | 01/06/2021 12:01:19 | Reads: 33
    “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer” Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading "“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (47)" The post “What Say You?”...
  • Vladislav Artemiev wins European Hybrid Swiss Tiebreaks | 31/05/2021 21:06:32 | Reads: 21
    European Hybrid Swiss tiebreak took place yesterday as a 9 rounds Swiss tournament, deciding the distribution of 32.000 EUR prize pool. 36 qualifiers for the FIDE World Cup 2021 participated the Finals. After 9 played rounds, two players tied for the top scoring 6.5 points each: Vladislav Artemiev (RUS, 2709) and Aleksandar Indjic (SRB, 2607). […]
  • Zhansaya Abdumalik tops FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Gibraltar – R9 report | 30/05/2021 18:24:00 | Reads: 20
    Round nine of the Gibraltar leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix at the Caleta Hotel on 31 May came to a heart-stopping conclusion after six hours and ten minutes as Zhansaya Abdumalik of Kazakhstan won her game against Valentina Gunina of Russia in 133 moves despite never having the remotest chance of winning the game for the first […]
  • Ruining the Rook Ending | 30/05/2021 11:00:22 | Reads: 33
    Last week I showed you the first part of one of my online games, where we reached this rook ending after Black’s (my) 25th move. All I have to do to win the game is play sensible moves. I’ll skip through the next few without comment. They weren’t perfect on either side but didn’t change … Continue reading "Ruining the Rook Ending" The post Ruining the Rook Ending...