Playing Chess in the Beautiful Tuscan Countryside

Raffaello Sorbi (Florence 1844 – Florence 1931) was “one of the most popular Italian artists of the 19th century. He achieved enormous commercial success for his luminous and vivacious depictions of the ‘good life’ set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. The many esteemed dealers who represented [...]
Karine Savard, 3 and half minutes

How Traditional Teaching Killed Your Chess Visual Acuity

LS, or Basic Unit of Visual Acuity for Pattern Recognition in Chess Last time we saw that the basics of chess are actually a mindset, a thought process (something that goes true for any domain of human activity). And the basics of the basics, the first and most important subprocess of this [...]
Dominique Digeon, Immortelle cadrée

How to Get Far in Chess: Get the Basics Right

Master the basics – only then you can go any further You study hard to be better at chess. You spend hours and hours accumulating knowledge of all stages of the game, tactics, strategy and all – till the cows come home – yet, you see only marginal improvement over the board, if any. What’s going [...]
Dominique Digeon, Paris

Chess Tactical Vision Requires Spatial Intelligence

We need a new and radically different way of teaching chess basics I want to challenge traditional basic education in chess. It is failing the beginner miserably. It is a boring death march after which only small numbers of them survive. The question is how we can make chess become more fun, a [...]
Dominique Digeon, Cheval

Why is Good Chess Tactical Vision Sooo Uncommon?

Bad Teaching doesn’t Let Chess Board Vision Take Off Board vision is quintessential for playing chess. It starts developing the moment we get into the game. According to the late Grandmaster Gregory Levenfish, “tactical vision is a ‘gift of nature’ that might take us two or three months to fully [...]
Chess Eden

Sadly, the US is Struggling to Find 5 Chess Strong

The 2015 World Team Chess Championship is taking place in Armenia next month. As it looks now, the US is not sending the three best players, Hikaru Nakamura, Wesley So and Gata Kamsky (the world’s #3, #7 and #61 respectively) to the event. Thus the US can’t expect much among a strong competition [...]
Tour de lapin by Miss Boll, France

Chess Rook: Power, Observation, Movement

What kind of personality is chess rook? What meanings could we ascribe to it? “Here and there in the ancient literature we encounter legends of wise and mysterious games that were conceived and played by scholars, monks, or the courtiers of cultured princes. These might take the form of chess games [...]
Adam Lude Döring(b 1925)Schach(2002)

Magnus Carlsen and Death of Chess Ideas

Where have ideas gone? With giant technological advances, human abilities are being pushed to new heights. Magnus Carlsen, the “hero of the computer era,” has found smart ways of how to use computers to become the world’s #1.[1] On the other hand, the top players are now those who most often play [...]
Repaet it

Magnus Carlsen and Rise of the Quants

The mainstream media and chess public are endlessly fascinated by the chess #1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway. So am I. Yes, he is the reigning World champion with the highest rating anyone has ever achieved. In this number-obsessed world it is something everybody should deeply bow to. In a Financial [...]

AI Ended Chess. Is Humankind to Follow?

Artificial intelligence has shown itself as a disruptive force in a growing number of fields and professions. Chess is an obvious example with chess engines changing the way we approach the game. The intriguing question is, will one day machines become so powerful that they would think just like [...]
Carlo Bolmida, Cyborg and chessboard

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

Some of his colleague GMs say Carlsen doesn’t play chess actually. They say he is not a real chess player. Few players still do play chess “in contrast to Carlsen, who prefers to wait for his opponent to make a mistake rather than try to outplay him as real chess players do,” GM Alexey Dreev [...]

Chessmen Move. But What For Exactly?

Chess Square One is Broken Let’s put it bluntly, the 1500-year-old-plus traditional way of starting in chess with how chessmen make moves, coming invariably before everything else, is “fundamentally flawed,” Nimzovich[1]. Sounds almost like a heresy as we all have learned movements of pieces first [...]
Betty Ollier-Lopez, la Briseuse

Center of Gravity, in Chess??

What Makes Chess Masters Superior Center of Gravity? There is CoG in physics that we learned about back in school. It deals with masses and forces distributed in space. The CoG is the point where the resultant of all individual forces is acting. But in chess? You may have not known, but the ability [...]
Ferdinand Pire, The Amazon

Kt Art

Chess Knight expressed in human creative imagination The Knight is the most intricate and distinct chess piece. It is the first that comes to mind when we think of chess. While all other pieces are abstract representations, the Knight is a realistically carved horse head.[1] The chess horse moves [...]
Chess Rivalry

When a Chess Rivalry Gets Ugly

Rivalries can be highly intense. Here are some hyper-competitive, at times very bitter long-standing ones: Yankees vs. Red Sox, Packers vs. Bears, Alabama vs. Auburn, Ali vs. Frazier, Democrats vs. Republicans, India vs. Pakistan, Greece vs. Turkey, Tesla vs. Edison, Tom vs. Jerry, Coyote vs. [...]
Jose Echeverria, Esperando bajo la luna

Best Way to Master That Mysterious Knight’s Move

History of chess Knight Knight, as a chess piece, is unique. All other pieces have something in common, but none compares with Knight. Back in India, it was represented as a mounted warrior with a shield and sword. Later on, most languages have adopted horse as its name. Knight in English, rather [...]

Think Outside the Chess Box

Mate in ½ move The catchphrase from the post’s title line, think out of the box means to look farther, trying not to think of obvious things, but beyond them (thus also, think beyond the box). To test your chess lateral thinking out of the box, here are five puzzles today, all titled “Find a [...]

Space Wars Starring Cristiano Ronaldo

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is underway, so it may be a good opportunity to relate soccer and our favorite game of chess. Today let us explore the question of what is making a soccer superstar. We will be glad to find out, one of the components of success is what great chess players do [...]
Agatha Belaya, Chess 1, 2002

East Cobb Marietta Chess Coaching Workshop

While there are many excellent choices when it comes to finding a chess coach for your level of play, it seems we are still struggling to find the right way of teaching an absolute beginner. This is evident from the success rate in chess (out of estimated 45 million chess players in the U.S. it is [...]

East Cobb Summer Chess

Is technology making us all autistic? Technology, by all rights, should have so far killed old-fashioned board games that cannot match eye-popping graphics of today’s action-packed video games. Yet, the opposite has happened with low-tech tabletop games, including chess, continuing to grow. Why is [...]
Junko Tochigi, Game H-13-4

Houston We’ve Had a Problem

“Okay, Houston we’ve had a problem here.” “This is Houston. Say again please.” “Houston we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a main B bus undervolt.” This was communication by which the Apollo 13 crew reported a major technical fault in one of the electrical systems to the Space Center Houston. But who [...]
Edouard Pape

Without Risk One Cannot Become Immor-Tal

Knowledge? Intuition? Risk? Pt. 2 After chess knowledge and intuition in the Pt. 1, let’s now take a look at what risk has to do in defining style. Life is double-edged. To succeed in it, one has to learn to take calculated risks and accept that as a normal aspect of life. One has to take chances — [...]
Alexei Yezhov, Igra

Elements of Success in Chess

Knowledge? Intuition? Risk? Today we follow up on elements of chess playing style discussed last time. As we all well know, every chess player should be equipped with two weapons in his arsenal; he must (a) calculate variations, and (b) evaluate positions. Combinations in chess are result of [...]
Tal by I. Sokolov

What’s Magnus Carlsen’s Playing Style Like?

Elements of style From art and literature to design and fashion the question of what constitutes style has been debated for centuries. Likewise, long since the days of early chess champions we have argued about their playing styles. We use the word style freely without giving it much thought. But [...]
Robert Kraus, Jan 21, 1961, The New Yorker collection

The New Yorker Chess Cartoons

Since its debut in 1925, week after week, The New Yorker magazine keeps you current with its groundbreaking reporting, surprising opinions, sharp wit, the best in prose and visual arts. It is a fertile source of your creative inspiration. “The writing is mostly first-rate, frequently coming from [...]
Sergey Kuznetsov, Unfulfilled

Simagin’s “Curved Rifle” Playing Style

We are continuing on paying tribute to GM Vladimir Simagin, a startlingly original chess mind, who was avidly seeking and striving for new creative ideas all the time. Simagin won the 1947 Moscow championship ahead of Bronstein, who later wrote in his 200 Open Games, “Simagin demonstrated an [...]
Simagin, by I. Sokolov

Vladimir Simagin. A Chess Artist

Every field of human endeavor has its heroes and legends. Some of them are praised a lot and gotten kind of cult status, like the World champions and the highest-tier members. But sadly, many other great minds have simply been forgotten. In chess, one of them is GM Vladimir Simagin. Simagin [...]

Absurdity of Michael Cheval

We must constantly fight against a monster which devours everything: routine. ― Honoré de Balzac Habits and routine may contribute to our success, but they also have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy. As long as they dictate the patterns of how we live, the way how we make decisions, the [...]
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