Cheval, Wake up call in wonderland

Imagination against the Obvious

What is more important, logic and the obvious, or imagination? Which of the two gives us more fun? To answer this question, let us have a look at our latest positionally tactical puzzle. This time, it features an endgame, from Ehrlacher-Metzger, 1992. Endgames show strength and limitations of [...]

How to Make Your Next Move. A Really Good One

Our games Everyone’s playing. The thing is not everyone knows they’re playing – even after they have made a move. Games are like simplified versions of everyday life. While it is hard to grasp the meaning of life, games bring meaning out of chaos. Games have rules and structure and create order. As [...]
Vojo Stanic 10

From Small Things, Mama, Big Things One Day Come

Bruce Springsteen? No, Jose Raul Capablanca! Petite combinaisons were Capa’s big business How is the outcome of a chess game decided? Normally, you build up your game positionally until your opponent is unable to meet a tactical threat. In other words, the game is played on positional lines, but [...]
Marina Korenfeld, Eternal game

Here is How Chess Engines DON’T Think!

Actually, they don’t think, they are just number crunchers Our positionally tactical1 puzzle for the Dec. 1 week is Donner-Petrosian from the 1955 Gothenburg Interzonal. Below is position after 30…b5. Black actively plays on the Q-side to make advantage of his pawn majority there. White has to find [...]
Ravens, rook

Were Carlsen and Anand Too, Too, Too Much Boring?

Why is it most of us don’t even realize it? There’s an argument that this generation of men’s chess is boring and I think it’s a valid one. It’s not boring to see two great players like Anand and Carlsen compete in the World Chess Championship match. What is getting mundane is watching the same [...]

Finden Sie die Lösung!

Find the solution to this difficult chess problem Several Grandmasters haven’t been able to, actually. “In an Italian tournament back in 1990s, an International Chess Master couldn’t find the win at the board in this position: IM Srdjan Sale of Croatia showed IM Gerard Welling the position, who [...]
C64 Grandmaster chess, alternative Box cover

King Magnus, We the Humble Subjects of the Chess Kingdom are at Your Mercy

Please give us some more chess, true chess! It’s a great time for the newly crowned chess monarch and it may also be coming better times for chess. I say maybe, because something got to change in the way the new crown head and his royalty at the top are acting. To be honest, the new sovereign got [...]
Miro Radojcic

Who is 2165 Rated Guy Who Scored Undefeated 9.5-2.5 Coming in Second After Benkő at the 1964 US Open?

Dissidents play chess Christmas Eve 1984. A group of like-minded people got together in Villa Dragoslava of Drs. Velimir and Petar Simić at Banovo Brdo, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a meeting place of the anti-communist opposition in the 70s and 80s. Who are these people? We all recognize Viktor the [...]
Farit, A hanging pause, Повисшая пауза

2013 World Chess Championship: But I Tried, Didn’t I? At Least I Did That!

Anand-Carlsen 0-1 in One-Game Match Anand did try hard, to be honest (like Mc Murphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest did). In just one single game of the match though (and perhaps the most uneventful one in the history of World chess championships) which elicited the bored and tired chess public [...]
Victor Bregeda 1963

How to Make it Big in Small Packages

Going Tactically-Positional, or Positionally-Tactical? Our intention with Test Your Positional Skills Tactically! puzzle published here every Sunday is to increase and sharpen your strategic understanding from the games of the Greats. To make this a pleasurable experience for you, we asked them to [...]
Boris Leonov 1990

2013 World Chess Championship: A Little Deadly Trap in Rook Endgame

Anand-Carlsen 0-1 in Game Six Not only a pawn got promoted, but Carlsen himself as the new King as well, comments after the game six. The challenger scored another win and took 4-2 lead in the 12-game series. There seems to be no much hope left for the still-reigning champion in [...]
Anand-Carlsen 2013-11-15

2013 World Chess Championship: An Unnecessary Check Cost Anand the Loss!

Carlsen-Anand 1-0 in Game Five Finally we are tingling with some excitement in this match that got started off so terribly. Here is the fatal mistake that cost Anand the first loss in the match. At the after game press conference Anand pointed at 34…Rd4 as losing the game. Yet, looks like it wasn’t [...]

Anand-Carlsen 2013 World Chess Championship: A New Light Upon Darkness?

What have we got so far? One of the most keenly anticipated chess events in decades and the most-watched chess match in history is under way. Magnus Carlsen, a young prodigy, the Justin Bieber of chess, “aspiring to cement his status as the game’s biggest star since Bobby Fischer” (The Washington [...]
Damilola Odusote Chess Design

Chess is Dead. Long Live Chess!

Death of The Royal Game Well, couldn’t help supporting the post published earlier in the day — visually. I know you all will agree, it is all about good vision, at the board and elsewhere! “A success story verging on the mythological, Damilola was born to Nigerian parents, and fostered by a [...]
Mariana Palova, Moon Tales 2012 2013 The Hidden Culture

Anand-Carlsen 2013 World Chess Championship: What’s the Deal?

What’s up with chess? Watching Live the Anand-Carlsen with the commentary provided by Zsuzsa Polgar and GM Ramesh. He’s the guy who famously said, after the terrible start of the Anand-Carlsen match, “They are inside arena to win the title and not to entertain the spectators.” “For them the end [...]
Margo Selski

Anand-Carlsen 2013 World Chess Championship: Pansies?

Who stole my chesse? Admittedly, we all are very disappointed with Anand and Carlsen’s performance so far, two quick 16+25-move bloodless games. And how many moves out of forty-one played were actually conceived at the board? A few perhaps? “You may watch an interesting theatrical performance, or [...]
Michael Cheval, Knight offer

Beware of Tal the Strategist Bearing Gifts!

As you may have noticed, we decided to be presenting one positionally-tactical puzzle from the games of the Greats every Sunday for you to study over the week that follows. Last Sunday it was the position from the sixth game of the 1965 Tal – Larsen Candidates semifinal match in Bled, (then) [...]
Mariam Mansour UAE

These Chess Players are not Only Hotter than You, They are Smarter, Too

Definitely the best collection of chess beauties ever seen People who do not play chess may have a distorted view about it. They may think it is a game for those who are nerds, unattractive and socially awkward. But think again, take a look at the chess players below, and judge for yourself! This [...]
His opponents always looked hipnotyzed (cartoon Oliver Schopf, Germany)

Want to Improve Your Positional Chess? Tal May Help!

What is your daily chess diet? Perhaps it starts off with a light breakfast of a nutritious chess puzzle from your favorite chess dietitian (Alex Baburin in Chess Today Daily, or perhaps Susan Polgar on her Daily Chess News) to help you lead a healthy chess life style. Chess puzzles are everywhere, [...]

Have You Ever Had a Chess Dream?

A conflict between the powers of light and darkness To see or play chess in your dream indicates that you need to carefully think through the situation before making a decision. The light and dark squares of the chess board symbolizes the positive (pro) and negative (con) of a situation. The dream [...]
Martin Mißfeldt, Patt auf dem Brett

Fruits of the Worst Chess Misconception of All Time

Why there is a huge quitting rate in chess? We typically get involved with chess early in our lives, then most of us “slowly climb to a certain rather low level and stay there.”[1] We hit an invisible, but very painful, wall. The learning curve flattens, we may get bored, interest wanes, and [...]

MissBoll, the Chess Painter

Marriage between art and chess Betty Ollier-Lopez, aka MissBoll, is a French artist who has chosen a very different way to express her creativity – through chess. She has over time become a “chess painter,” the name coming from a marriage between her desire to paint and her immersion in the world [...]

Modern Chess, Just Another Big Scam?

Bronstein chess interview, Part 4 (Final) STAKHOV: So the idea that Soviet chess is the best… BRONSTEIN: …is a myth. Well, we simply didn’t want to see that foreign players had been winning most tournaments. We had written only about the tournaments where we had taken the first place. And there [...]
Here's how Bronstein distracted Reshevsky

Soviet Chess School – Should We Admire or Pity it?

Bronstein chess interview, Part 3 “After World War II, a generation of Soviet chess players, led by soon-to-be world champion Mikhail Botvinnik, began a string of victories over international competitors that surprised the world,” Wikipedia, on Soviet chess school. What was the secret of the rise [...]
chess, viking style

Chess, Vikings and Asymmetric Warfare

Is chess a model for (a)symmetric warfare? Well, the two sides have the same fighting power at the onset of a chess war. And they both rely on tactical weapons that are similar, differing only in details and execution. So what is the main distinguishing factor that helps one side prevail over the [...]
Juta Policja (b 1965) et Mareks Gureckis (b 1974)Alpha & Omega

Beauty of Chess Design

When you play a game of chess it is like designing something or constructing a mechanism of some kind by which you win or lose. –Marcel Duchamp. We saw before that chess masters build up their position by setting up pieces harmoniously. An efficient deployment of the resources will bring stability [...]
This is, how I feel, Bronstein looked at the game: lively play and fantasy

When Chess was More Than a Game

This is the second part of the 2003 interview with legendary David Bronstein (you can read the part I here). STAKHOV: So where did the art of chess go? BRONSTEIN: The art apparently existed before Botvinnik introduced the system for preparation in chess in his 1936 article. The Soviet chess school [...]

Chess is No More a Game

A Forgotten Interview with David Bronstein Amazingly, I couldn’t find anything more than few sentences in French as I wanted to check online any mention of the 2003 interview that David Bronstein (1924-2006) gave to Dmitry Stakhov on the Russian magazine site Bronstein was one of most [...]
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