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  • Daniel Fridman wins Grenke Open

    Daniel Fridman won the Grenke Open 2019 thanks to having the best tiebreak score among eight players finishing with 7½/9. Three other German grandmasters shared the same score as did the […]

  • Grenke Classic Round 4 LIVE

    The Grenke Chess Classic runs from April 20th to 29th. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian and Viswanathan Anand head the nine round-robin. Over 60 grandmasters […]

  • Yermo's Travels: The USA in Rhodes (part 2)

    The World Senior Team Championship is heading for the finish line. ALEX YERMOLINSKY reports on the progress of team USA which beat Armenia, Italy and drew Iceland before rebounding with a win over […]

  • The power of the h-pawn

    Endgames with opposite-coloured bishops are often drawn even if one side is one or two pawns up. But, of course, the better side will also often win — with precise play. […]

  • Grenke Classic: Anand escapes, Svidler and Caruana win

    Watch Round 4 LIVE A day full of excitement in Karlsruhe left Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler as co-leaders at the GRENKE Chess Classic. Carlsen got the upper hand but could not defeat Vishy Anand, […]

  • Simon Says — Study Hour

    Studies are a great way to improve your chess, they are also a great form of beauty. In this Simon Says we do just that, study some beautiful problems and try to improve our vision. Can you play […]

  • European Women's Ch: Kashlinskaya tops five-way tie

    Inna Gaponenko took a half point lead into the final round, but she was stopped by former Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanofa, who scored a clutch win to join a five-way tie for first with the […]

  • Grenke Classic: Magnus grinds a second win

    Another epic battle ended up with Magnus Carlsen on top at the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic — his victim on Sunday was Francisco Vallejo Pons, who was not able to withhold the world champion's […]

  • European Championship Round 11

    The last round is played today. Inna Gaponenko from Ukraine has the best chance of winning the title, but Marie Sebag from France and Alina Kashlinskaya from Russia could have a say. Even Elisabeth […]

  • Grandmasters can make enormous blunders too

    JON SPEELMAN is currently fighting with the English team at the Senior World Team Championship in Rhodes, but he sends this column with games courtesy of a senior American who spent his career as a […]

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  • GRENKE Chess 3: Svidler catches Carlsen

    Peter Svidler beat Georg Meier to join Magnus Carlsen in the GRENKE Chess Classic lead after the World Champion allowed Vishy Anand to escape twice over the course of another six-hour marathon. […]

  • GRENKE Chess 2: Carlsen's “once in a lifetime” win

    Magnus Carlsen won a 5th game in a row as he beat Paco Vallejo in Round 2 of the GRENKE Chess Classic to retain the sole lead and move over 50 points ahead of Fabiano Caruana on the live rating list. […]

  • GRENKE Chess 1: Carlsen “outlasts” Keymer

    World Champion Magnus Carlsen beat Vincent Keymer in Round 1 of the 2019 GRENKE Chess Classic, but it took 6 hours, 40 minutes and 81 moves to break down the resistance of the 14-year-old German […]

  • Keymer vs. Carlsen in GRENKE Classic Round 1

    Talk about a baptism of fire! 14-year-old Vincent Keymer has been paired to play World Champion Magnus Carlsen in Round 1 of the GRENKE Chess Classic on Saturday. The good news for the kid? He has […]

  • Giri draws first blood in the Shenzhen Masters

    Anish Giri has opened the scoring in the 2019 Shenzhen Masters after defeating Harikrishna in Round 2. The Dutch no. 1, who finished in second place in the first two editions of the tournament, will […]

  • Kashlinskaya leads Euro Women’s Ch at halfway

    Alina Kashlinskaya beat Pauline Guichard in Round 6 to take the sole lead before the only rest day in the 2019 European Women’s Individual Chess Championship in Antalya, Turkey. The top seed in […]

  • Lupulescu beats Firouzja to win Reykjavik Open

    5-time Romanian Chess Champion Constantin Lupulescu is the 2019 Reykjavik Open Champion after ending with the best tiebreaks of the 8 players who finished on 7/9. The key victory came in Round 7, […]

  • Jan wins his 2nd Bangkok Chess Club Open

    Chess24’s own Jan Gustafsson has won the 19th edition of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, a tournament he first won back in 2011. Indian GM Deep Sengupta took down top seed Nigel Short in the […]

  • 15-year-old Firouzja on fire in Reykjavik

    Iranian rising star Alireza Firouzja is threatening to match Wei Yi’s feat of crossing 2700 before his 16th birthday, after reaching 2683.6 with 4.5/5 in the first half of the GAMMA Reykjavik […]

  • Baden-Baden clinch record 13th Bundesliga title

    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won his last four games on top board as Baden-Baden clinched the German League title for the 13th time in 14 seasons. It was fitting that the decisive match came in the […]

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  • 5 Things to Know about the ‘Young Big Vlad’

    This year has started with rather sad news for the chessplayers all around – Vladimir Kramnik, or Big Vlad, as he has been known for years, one of the classics of our times, has decided to […]

  • The Queenside Pawn Majority – 5 Things to Know

    A very important feature of the position and one that we should pay special attention to during every game we play is the pawn structure and the changes that it might suffer throughout the game, as […]

  • When Backward is Good – the Strength of Backward Moves

    Ever since we start learning chess we are taught to look for active moves; moves that control the center and help improve our position. We are also told to search for ways to put our opponent in an […]

  • 5 Reasons You Struggle in Chess Tournaments [and how to fix it]

    Playing in chess tournaments is a completely different thing from studying chess or playing friendly casual games at the club with your pals. While we can do pretty well during our lessons, training […]

  • The Kingside Pawn Majority: 5 Things to Know

    The pawn majority is an important concept in chess and it refers to the side of the board where you have more pawns than your opponent. The main plan in this type of structure is to find the right […]

  • Unexpected Moves

    “I can’t play this move because my opponent can capture it” – How many times have you heard a chess player say this? How many times have you said it yourself? There are many […]

  • 4 Tips for Converting Won Positions

    They say that the most difficult positions to win are the won ones. And I believe many of you can relate to this saying. No matter how big the advantage, there are opponents who just won’t give […]

  • 6 Tips to Survive Lost Positions

    The good player is always lucky. This famous quote attributed to the third World Champion Jose Raul Capablanca means that one way or another, the stronger player will always find a way to scape and […]

  • Fortresses – What do you need to know?

    “I don’t believe in fortresses.” – Magnus Carlsen I understand Carlsen’s famous quote, not at face value, but rather as an understanding of chess’s nearly infinite […]

  • Playing Against the Hanging Pawns with Anatoly Karpov

    The hanging pawns structure is a very common one in the chess game. By definition, we call hanging pawns when there are two pawns joint together but isolated from the rest of the pawn chain. They are […]

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  • The Chess Journey of GM Maurice Ashley

    I met Maurice Ashley nearly 30 years ago at the 1989 U.S. Open held just outside of Chicago at the Rosemont Hyatt. At this time, I had already started the groundwork for a chess network for players […]

  • Uganda’s Mbaziira’s chess ability overcomes disability

    Sharif Waswa Mbaziira beams during the 2018 World Junior Chess Championship for the Disabled in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Photo by Dora Martinez Chess is seen as a rather quiet game, but its beauty […]

  • #MoveForEquality… relatable to chess?

    Social change is rarely without an intense battle. Without going into the history of humanity’s ills against one another, there have been many tales of brutality in the history of the world. […]

  • Tallahassee’s 2019 Capital City Open

    2019 Capital City Open Tallahassee’s BBCC hosted the 1st Capital City Open on a beautiful spring weekend. The tournament was the first open tournament in Florida’s capital since 2014 […]

  • Nakamura, Yu… 2019 U.S. Chess Champs!

    U.S. Overall (by FIDE Rating) # Name Title Rating Residence 1 Caruana, Fabiano GM 2828 St. Louis, Missouri 2 So, Wesley GM 2762 Minnetonka, Minnesota 3 Nakamura, Hikaru GM 2746 Sunrise, Florida 4 […]

  • Charles Covington… Life Master, multi-talented virtuoso

    Life Master Charles Covington is a man of many talents. A former bodybuilder, master magician, draughts expert, USCF Life Master and jazz pianist par excellence, Covington is a renaissance man. The […]

  • After viral story, the work begins for Tani Adewumi

    On March 16th, the New York Times ran a story on Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a Nigerian boy whose family migrated to the U.S. for a better life. The story generated more than 400 comments. A follow-up story […]

  • Magnus Carlsen in Africa, May 6th-13th!

    When it was announced that Africa would be one of the hosts to a leg of the Grand Chess Tour (GCT), there was a bit of a celebration throughout the continent’s chess community. Magnus Carlsen […]

  • Phiona Mutesi reflects on life after “Queen of Katwe”

    About 14 years ago, a little girl in Katwe, Uganda followed her older brother who was increasingly occupied with an activity after school. After seeing him disappear inside of a building, she […]

  • Where are they now? Jacob Wamala

    Jacob Wamala Hometown: Milford, New Hampshire Education: B.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012), M.B.A University of California-Berkeley (2019) Peak Chess Rating: 2097 (USCF) 2078 (FIDE) […]

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  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 5

    GM Hrant Melkumyan has won the 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup with an impressive 7.5/9. He lead FM Raymond Song by half a point going into the final round, and they were paired together on the top board. After […]

  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 4

    After 8 rounds of the 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup there are now only two players who can take first place. GM Hrant Melkumyan won both his games yesterday to maintain his tournament lead. He is on 7/8, half […]

  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 3

    GM Hrant Melkumyan is the outright leader of the 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup after 6 rounds. Melkumyan was the only leading player to win both his games on the third day, and he now holds a half point lead […]

  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 2

    The second day of any Doeberl Cup is when the tournament really kicks into gear. All 4 events (Premier, Major, Minor and Mini) are running simultaneously, which means over 250 players all gathered in […]

  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Day 1

    The 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup is underway, with the first day seeing the players from the Premier in action. The slightly smaller field in the Premier resulted in the first days play being a little […]

  • From Doeberl Cup's past

    GM Hrant Melkumyan first played in the Doeberl in 2014, and has gone close to winning it on a couple of occasions. This year he is the top seed and rating favourite to win the tournament. But as past […]

  • 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup - Getting ready

    The 2019 O2C Doeberl Cup is only a couple of days away, and everything is almost read for a long weekend of chess. With 1 day to go before entries close, there are 245 players registered, a small […]

  • 2019 Bangkok Open

    GM Jan Gustafsson has won the 2019 Bangkok Open, on tie break over GM Deep Sengupta. Both players finished on 7.5/9, but Gustafsson won the first place trophy by virtue of a slightly better tie […]

  • Scannable Scoresheets

    If you are looking for an easier way to do game entry, a solution may be at hand. https://www.reinechess.com/ is providing a test service which allows scoresheets to be scanned, and pgn […]

  • Philidors Legacy

    I did not collect many games from the 2019 Dubbo Open, which is a bit of a shame as there were some quite interesting efforts. One game I did get involved one of the classic mating patterns, […]

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  • “What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (24)

    “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 to do it: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the […]

  • A Tale of Two Students

    Actually, it’s the tale of a single student whose behavior changed so dramatically that he became another person altogether, thus a tale of two students! I’ve taught nearly a thousand […]

  • The Exchange Sacrifice

    Usually when you sacrifice some concrete calculation is required. However there are some cases where a sacrifice is based on pure intuition and positional evaluation. If I talk about myself I have a […]

  • Critical Turning Points

    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra Correspondence chess was popular during the 20th Century and I was lucky enough to be exposed to it by my father. I fell in love […]

  • Eva Moser

    A puzzle for you. Black to play: what would you suggest? The solution is at the end of this article. I was shocked and saddened to hear the recent news that Austrian IM/WGM Eva Moser had died from […]

  • Luxury Pawn Moves

    Pawns have been called the soul of chess and entire books have been dedicated to the study of the pawn’s role throughout the game’s three phases, the opening, middle and endgame. From the […]

  • Bad Ideas (4)

    “Errare humanum est…” Seneca A previous article on this subject can be revisited HERE The opening is an important part of the game where bad ideas can have catastrophic results. We […]

  • Dan’s Second Book

    As you may know, I’m a big fan of US chess writer and teacher Dan Heisman. Some years ago now I bought an earlier edition of Everyone’s Second Chess Book, which opened my eyes to the real […]

  • Opening to Middlegame Transition

    The game of chess can be broken down into three distinct phases, the opening, middle and endgame. Each phase has a unique set of goals to achieve, and guiding principles that help a player achieve […]

  • “What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (23)

    “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 to do it: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the […]

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  • Robot Ninja Warriors

    One of the delightful things about running a chess club for kids is that I can watch them learn. And, sometimes, I can learn from them. Take, for example, this Tuesday, when I learned a new chess […]

  • I Wanna Be a Paperback Writer!

    Last week I got a package in the mail from England: ten copies of the paperback edition of The Book of Why! The occasion brought to mind that goofy old Beatles song, Paperback Writer. In […]

  • OMG! I Played Capablanca’s Move!

    You know the move I’m talking about. Or if you don’t know, you SHOULD know. Ossip Bernstein versus Jose Raul Capablanca. Moscow 1914. FEN: 3r2k1/p4ppp/1q6/8/8/2R1P3/P3QPPP/6K1 b – […]

  • Two Landmarks for Mike Splane

    Mike Splane, one of my regular readers and the inspiration for countless posts on this blog, has often asked why I often identify my younger opponents as, “John Doe, the #17 14-year-old in the […]

  • Blind Pigs and other Life Lessons

    I have some questions for all the chess coaches out there. Do you ever play games against your students? Do you think it is ever worth playing a bad move on purpose against them, to give them a […]

  • The Unbreakable Pin and the Long March

    This week I played a game against the computer that featured two of my favorite strategic themes. The unbreakable pin is, of course, well known. The second concept, the Long March, is one that I […]

  • Best Checkmate Ever?

    With the San Francisco Mechanics not qualifying for the PRO Chess League playoffs, I didn’t watch the playoffs last night. It was my loss, because I missed the chance to watch in real time what […]

  • End of Season Blues

    Tonight was the final night of the regular season for half of the teams in the PRO Chess League. For the San Francisco Mechanics, it was our last chance to make an improbable comeback and qualify for […]

  • Jumping Into the Deep End

    This weekend two of my protégés at the Aptos Library Chess Club, Emmy and Ryder Pimentel, ventured into the world of rated chess for the first time. And they did it in a reallllly big […]

  • Cautionary Tales

    Ordinarily we think of the endgame as a time when our kings are safe from checkmate, and they can roam with impunity around the board. But in complex endgames (where each side has two or more pieces, […]

Temposchlucker Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.

  • Defensive mental mayhem

    Now I know that I only need about 10 hours solving time per tactical theme, I decided to take matters up a notch.The second theme, exposed king, was about reviving the good old mate patterns of papa […]

  • Weird things can happen

    From time to time I'm presented with a problem that takes me an absolute weird time to solve. Take for instance the following diagram:White to move4r2Q/p2r1k2/1p6/3b2Pp/2q1P3/2B2PK1/8/8 w - - 1 1 […]

  • Just connect the dots

    I started exercises dedicated to fork/double attack only, at Jan, 1rst. I use 3 sets of 70 positions (ca 210 in total), rated between 1550 and 2000. The problems are only 2 moves deep.I unearthed new […]

  • Looking for tasks to be automated

    Broad: I focus on the following themes:double attackexposed kingdefensive movesacrificecoercion Which make out 37% of the total problem set at Chess Tempo.Deep:Min rating: 1500Max rating: […]

  • Learning the tactical ABC

    Time and again, it is proven that I am not very good at the recognition of basic tactical elements. The choice of my problem sets reveals that clearly. I do 10 low rated problems well, and then I […]

  • A glimmer of hope

    If I would be asked to summarize the results of the Knights Errant, it would go something like this (well, nobody asks, but I tell you anyway):When you are below 1900 and a virgin to tactical […]

  • BADPDO. The arise of the patterns.

    The new training regimen yields new insights. New insights are accompanied by new geometrical patterns. What am I talking about?When you know that you have a double attack at hand, you look for LPDO, […]

  • Training the mini skills

    The list of mini skills in the previous post gives a clear direction which way to go. I have a much clearer picture of how the training of mini skills should look like, nowadays.Observations from […]

  • Mini skills

    I'm investigating all problems I published the past two years. The advantage of that is, that a lot of work has already been done by system II. I identified the following mini skills lacking or not […]

  • Taking up chess again

    After five years of absence, I have been to the club again. I intend to pick up playing regularly again. I have decided to learn a new opening repertoire to refresh my look on the game. I have played […]

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  • Pix from Thursday Night Action 4/18/2019

    During Thursday's tournament, these pictures were taken by me at the Marshall Chess Club. […]

  • Marshall April Under 2400 4/21/2019

    On Sunday, I drew this game in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Four: Philidor Counter GambitToshinori Underwood (USCF 1884) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 4/21/20191.e4 […]

  • Marshall April Under 2400 4/20/2019

    On Saturday, I played these games in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Two: Philidor Counter GambitLucas Foerster-Yialamas (USCF 1862) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club […]

  • Chess in Mueller Report

    Former FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov invited the Trump Organization to host the world chess championship at Trump Tower in 2016. […]

  • Thursday Night Action 4/18/2019

    On Thursday, I finished with a score of 2-2-0 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round Three: Sicilian Defense, King's Indian AttackVictor Ying (USCF 2145) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall […]

  • Fischer Defends Title Against Karpov

    What might have happened in 1975! […]

  • Pix from Sunday Game/50 4/14/2019

    During Sunday's tournament, I photographed the players at the Marshall Chess Club. […]

  • WOCC Championship Starts Tonight

    Dates (5 round Swiss System tournament):Round 1 - April 16Round 2 - April 23*Round 3 - April 30Round 4 - May 7Round 5 (final round) - May 14*All rounds are set to start at 8:00 PM with the exception […]

  • "Chess Mates" Quad 4/13/2019

    At the Chess Mates blog, I have posted my game against Timothy Xie [pictured left, playing against NM Mauricio Camejo] from yesterday's quad. […]

  • Marshall Sunday Game/50 4/14/2019

    On Sunday, I finished with a score of 1-0-3 in the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.Round One: Philidor Counter GambitNoah Beck (USCF 1721) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club […]

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