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  • FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 9

    World Chess Federation - FIDE
    23 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Official website http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.comRound 92 decisive games and 4 draws in Round 9 of FIDE Grand Prix. After a draw with Karjakin Sergey (RUS) Caruana Fabiano (ITA)  is leading with 5.5. Giri Anish (NED) and Tomashevsky Evgeny (RUS) were victorious. Jakovenko DmitryGelfand Boris Karjakin SergeyCaruana Fabiano Nakamura HikaruGrischuk Alexander Giri Anish1 - 0Jobava Baadur Dominguez Perez LeinierVachier-Lagrave Maxime Svidler Peter0 - 1Tomashevsky Evgeny Round 8Round 8 was attended by Natalia Komarova, the Governor of Ugra who takes an active part in Organization of chess events…
  • War Game 5

    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog
    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Marking the 70th anniversary of VE on 8 May 1945, this short series is looking at British chess between 1939 and 1945 in World War 2, concerning itself with chess on the Home Front. The previous episode started with the early war years at local level, and in this one we move on to look at how organised chess and the armed forces intertwined as the war drew on. Your blogger treads rather nervously as the events, and personalities, are within the living memory of some, and close to the hearts of many.     By way of a taste of things to come, this is the paragraph in John…
  • Common Mistakes in Chess Openings

    Wholesale Chess: Latest News
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you focus on playing a vast number of openings? Do you skip over unfavorable lines? As chess players, we make common mistakes while studying, preparing, or playing our openings. Here are some common mistakes you may be making. 1.Quantity over quality. It is so easy to just study a different opening every week. Although this gives us a great variety and an extensive repertoire, we should look for quality over quantity. It's important to know each and every one of your openings as best as you can. When I was younger I analyzed most of Bobby Fischer's games and I noticed that although his…
  • Chicago Open Underway with Over 20 GMs

    United States Chess Federation
    23 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The Chicago Open is currently underway and young stars GM Sam Sevian and IM Luke Harmon-Velotti lead after four rounds.
  • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 05.24.2015 - day 165

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    24 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    World Champion Boris Spassky won against Guenther Beikert in the French Cup Final in Lyon in 1991: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Mikhail Tal beat Roberts Grants in the Latvian Championship in Riga in 1965: Black to move and mate...
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  • Chicago Open Underway with Over 20 GMs

    23 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The Chicago Open is currently underway and young stars GM Sam Sevian and IM Luke Harmon-Velotti lead after four rounds.
  • Fabiano Caruana Leads in Khanty-Mansisyk

    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Fabiano Caruana, who recently announced his move back to play for the United States, is leading the Grand Prix in Khanty Mansisyk while Hikaru Nakamura now has a plus score after beating MVL in round 7.
  • Shabalov and Lenderman Lead in Uruguay!

    21 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    GMs Shabalov and Lenderman lead at the Continental Championships currently underway in Montevideo, Uruguay. USCF Events Director Franc Guadalupe reports.
  • Denker, Barber and Girls Fields Shaping Up

    18 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    The Denker tournament of high school champions, the Barber K-8 and the National Girls Invitational will all take place from August 1-4 in conjunction with the US Open in Phoenix. State chess officials should email their nominees for these events to Jon Haskel at jon@bocachess.com (mailto:jon@bocachess.com).
  • Irina Krush on Elementary Nationals: Study the Endgame!

    15 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    GM Irina Krush provides a photo gallery from the Elementary Nationals, gives us endgame lessons and profiles some of the winners, including Rithik Polavaram in the K-3 and Tan Nguyen in the K-5.
 
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  • FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk: Round 9

    23 May 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Official website http://khantymansiysk2015.fide.comRound 92 decisive games and 4 draws in Round 9 of FIDE Grand Prix. After a draw with Karjakin Sergey (RUS) Caruana Fabiano (ITA)  is leading with 5.5. Giri Anish (NED) and Tomashevsky Evgeny (RUS) were victorious. Jakovenko DmitryGelfand Boris Karjakin SergeyCaruana Fabiano Nakamura HikaruGrischuk Alexander Giri Anish1 - 0Jobava Baadur Dominguez Perez LeinierVachier-Lagrave Maxime Svidler Peter0 - 1Tomashevsky Evgeny Round 8Round 8 was attended by Natalia Komarova, the Governor of Ugra who takes an active part in Organization of chess events…
  • In Memoriam – IM Joaquim Durao

    22 May 2015 | 12:37 am
    In Memoriam – IM Joaquim DuraoPortuguese International Master, thirteen times national Champion and President of his federation for 20 years. Vice President of FIDE between 1994 and 1996. Best player of Portugal for more than two decades (1960-1980). A participant in the Olympiads from 1958 until 1982. Best results: Detmold 1966, 1st; Roma B 1985, 4th; World Senior Championship in 1991, 7th. Best ELO: 2325 in 1976.
  • World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2015

    20 May 2015 | 1:52 am
    The Mongolian Chess Federation (MCF) will organize the World U-16 Youth Chess Olympiad in Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) from 19th August (Arrival) to 29th August (Departure) conducted under the auspices of Federation Internationale Des Echecs (FIDE). OFFICIAL WEBSITEINVITATION
  • FIDE President opened the Asian 3.1. Zonal Chess Championship

    18 May 2015 | 3:25 am
    On May 17th the FIDE President arrived to Muscat, Oman, to participate in the opening ceremony of the Asian 3.1. Zonal Chess Championship, which is being held from May 16th to May 25th. At the opening ceremony, also present were Sheikh Saad bin Mohammed Al Mardhoof Al Saadi, the Minister of Sports Affairs of Oman, Mr. Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Zubair, the President of Olympic Committee of Oman, GM Mohamed Al Modiahiki, the Zonal President of FIDE Zone 3.1. Thirty two players from thirteen Arabian countries arrived to Muscat to compete in the tournament. Before the opening of the tournament, FIDE…
  • RBB rating lists

    15 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    The Online Commission announces the monthly FIDE Online Arena (FOA) RBB rating lists. These rating lists for rapid, blitz and bullet chess, incorporate chess results from over the board as well as online games according to the FIDE Online Arena rating regulations. RBB rating lists will be available once every month, in the beginning of each month, shortly after the FRL rating lists are announced. FOA RBB rating lists cannot be used for pairings or other purposes in over the board tournaments.Rapid RBB listBlitz RBB listBullet RBB listFiles are TAB delimited.Lists are available for download at…
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  • CHECKMATES OF THE DAY - 05.24.2015 - day 165

    24 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    World Champion Boris Spassky won against Guenther Beikert in the French Cup Final in Lyon in 1991: White to move and mate in 1: World Champion Mikhail Tal beat Roberts Grants in the Latvian Championship in Riga in 1965: Black to move and mate...
  • solve the puzzle #6.

    24 May 2015 | 4:39 pm
    It is important to win the center in chess. This puzzle evolves around winning the center.
  • solve the puzzle #5.

    24 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
  • The Rook on the Seventh

    24 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Q: Where is the best place for a rook? A humurous player might answer this:                   ... or this for the opponent:     But the best place for the rook (not including a checkmating position) is the seventh rank....
  • the scholars mate

    24 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    In this post I will show an idea for white known as the shcolars mate.
 
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  • GM Pouya Idani and GM Chen Zhu win FIDE Zone 3.1 Championship 2015

    videnova
    24 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The FIDE Zone 3.1 Championship 2015 took place from 17-24th May, 2015, in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The event was organized by Oman Chess Federation in a 9-round format with tempo of play 90′/ 40 + 30′ + 30″. Iranian GM Pouya Idani finished first in the Men’s tournament with 8/9 points, leaving his countrymen, the runner-up GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami half a point behind. IM Basheer Al Qudaimi remained third with 6 points. GM Chen Zhu from Qatar topped the female tournament. She edged Iranian WGM Atousa Pourkashiyan on a superior tie-break score to take the gold. WIM Mitra…
  • GM David Navara and WIM Tereza Olsarova are 2015 Czech champions

    videnova
    24 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    The 2015 Czech Individual Chess Championships were held from 15-23rd May, at the Hotel Slunce, in Havlickuv Brod, a district within Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic. GM David Navara was a convincing winner with 7/9 points. He took the trophy, leaving the nearest followers 1,5 points behind. GM Jiri Stocek and GM Vlastimil Babula shared second place with 5,5 points each but Stocek prevailed on a superior tie-break score to take the silver. The women’s section was topped by WIM Tereza Olsarova and WIM Kristyna Havlikova after both players finished with 5,5/7 points. However,…
  • American Continental Championship 2015 LIVE!

    videnova
    24 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    The 10th American Continental Chess Championship is taking place from 15-24th May, 2015, in the Telecommunications Tower (ANTEL Tower), in Montevideo, the capital and largest city of Uruguay. The event is organized by the Uruguay Chess Federation (FUA), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Montevideo Municipality and ANTEL Telecommunications company. The tournament format is an 11-round Swiss FIDE with tempo of play is 90′/ 40 + 30′ + 30″. Top seed is Peruvian GM Julio Granda Zuniga (2650). Tournament website More: Play online chess / Chess Arena…
  • European Women’s Chess Championship 2015 LIVE!

    videnova
    24 May 2015 | 5:34 am
    The 16th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship for 2015 is taking place from 18-31st May at the hotel “Oazis Palace Chakvi” in Chakvi, Adjara, Georgia. The Championship is organized by the government of Georgia, government of Adjarian Autonomous Republic and Georgian Chess Federation under the auspices of European Chess Union. The championship is an 11-round Swiss qualification event for the next World Women Championship. According to FIDE regulations and the decision of the ECU Board, 14 players will qualify. GM Nana Dzagnidze (2570) from Georgia heads the field of 99…
  • Qualification for the 2016 Candidates Tournament

    Goran
    24 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    The players who qualify for the 2016 Candidates Tournament are determined according to the following, in order of priority: 2.1 World Championship Match 2014 - The player who lost the 2014 World Championship Match qualifies. 2.2 World Cup 2015 - The two (2) top winners of the World Cup 2015 qualify. In case one of the two top winners of the World Cup qualifies from 2.1 above, then the qualification spot goes to 3rd place of the World Cup. 2.3 FIDE Grand-Prix 2014/2015 - The two (2) top players from the FIDE Grand-Prix 2014/2015 qualify to participate. In case any of the two top winners of the…
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  • Mastering the Opening Series - Repertoire for Black 2 ... and more

    23 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1 ... and more

    22 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more

    21 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III) ... and more

    20 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Endgame Techniques: Shouldering. Part 1Posted on May 20,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles. In this article I would like to show you “shouldering,” an endgame strategy that in my opinion is not given enough attention in specialized books. Most books covering the endgame are full of matters concerning “zugzwang,” “opposition,” etc., leaving this topic, which is no less important, to always take a back seat. In the endgames, something quite peculiar happens between both kings. They are the only pieces that cannot directly…
  • How to Play When Behind in Material: Part 2 ... and more

    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Corner pawn crushing the fianchetto structure (Part III)Posted on May 19,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. In the final part of this article series, I would like to show some examples when the corner pawn attack is used in the endgames and may have a decisive impact on the result of the game. In the endgames, the corner pawn advance can hardly have the same direct attacking purposes against the rival's king, but it may be used as a positional/strategic resource. Smyslov - Karlsen, 1982 After the first look at the position,…
 
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  • Tackling Surprises in Chess ... and Life

    20 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Life can sure throw us some nasty turns and surprises. The trick is learning how to deal with them as they come.As parents, we all hope our children will grow up with a strong ability to solve problems, laying waste to the barriers that will inevitably emerge in front of them. We hope our children won’t be the type to quit at the first sign of trouble.It would be great if they could emulate the immortal words of Tim Allen’s character, Jason Nesmith, from the movie Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender!”When your children begin a chess game, encourage them to give it their…
  • Giant Chess Sets

    3 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com Many of our customers love the Giant Chess Set we sell here at Wholesale Chess. The king is 25” tall, and the base is 9.5“. You probably wouldn’t want to be playing with that set on a table! However, this definitely isn’t the largest king around, as you probably know. The world's largest chess piece sits outside the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis. The massive king piece is 14.5 feet high with a base of 6 feet and weighs close to 2,380 pounds (the king in an average triple-weighted set weighs in at around 2 ounces, for…
  • Chess As a Game of Space, not Pieces

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    This article was written by Erik Czerwin for Wholesale Chess.As a coach and author, I’ve struggled with teaching chess to students of all ages and backgrounds. Over the years, however, I’ve decided on a singular approach that I believe leads to a greater understanding and passion for the game in the long run.Whenever someone says that checkmate is “when the King can be taken on the next turn and there’s nothing he can do about it,” I cringe a little bit inside; not too much because I was taught the same way. However, I’ve broken out of that understanding, and I’ve been teaching…
  • The Joy of Problem Solving

    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Written by Laura Sherman of YourChessCoach.com We want our children to have the best advantages in life. We want them to find and select solutions that will benefit them and others for the long term. The chess board is an excellent training field to learn problem solving skills. Some people wait for others around them to solve their problems. They lack the confidence and courage to implement their ideas, their solutions. As a result they become far too dependent on other people. On the chess board, you are alone. No one is there, by your side, feeding you answers or solutions to the problems…
  • Common Mistakes in Chess Openings

    18 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Do you focus on playing a vast number of openings? Do you skip over unfavorable lines? As chess players, we make common mistakes while studying, preparing, or playing our openings. Here are some common mistakes you may be making. 1.Quantity over quality. It is so easy to just study a different opening every week. Although this gives us a great variety and an extensive repertoire, we should look for quality over quantity. It's important to know each and every one of your openings as best as you can. When I was younger I analyzed most of Bobby Fischer's games and I noticed that although his…
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  • Chess Program on Upper West Side

    24 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    [photo by Kevin Hagen]14-year-old Zachary Targoff [pictured] used his bar mitzvah money to start a chess program on the Upper West Side.By RALPH GARDNER JR. May 20, 2015 8:15 p.m. ETZachary Targoff is a better man than I am. I doubt I’d have used all my bar mitzvah money to do what Zach did with his nest egg. He started a chess program a year ago in April at Dorot, a Jewish social services organization on the Upper West Side that works to make older adults less socially isolated. To that end, and with the support of Zach and his parents, Dorot brings together teenagers and…
  • "Pawn Sacrifice" Poster

    23 May 2015 | 3:40 am
    On the board he fought the Cold War. In his mind he fought his madness.Take a look at the poster for the film Pawn Sacrifice.
  • Chess Class at Hudson Montessori School

    22 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    For the next two Wednesday afternoons, I will be the substitute teacher for the chess class, conducted by 101 Discoveries, at the Hudson Montessori School in Jersey City.
  • Fries-Nielsen - Carstensen at "Inside Jersey"

    21 May 2015 | 4:59 am
    A new move 6.Qd2 against the Sicilian Najdorf, from a game between IM Jens Ove Fries-Nielsen [pictured, top left] and IM Jacob Carstensen [pictured, bottom right], is analyzed at Inside Jersey.
  • Ultimate War Game: Bridge (Not Chess)

    20 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    [photo by Getty Images]According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, the ultimate war game is (chess) bridge.By MICHAEL LEDEEN May 17, 2015 5:54 p.m. ET On the night of Nov. 7, 1942, as allied forces in Operation Torch headed for the North African coast, commanding Gen. Dwight Eisenhower waited anxiously. It was foggy, and news of the invasion was slow to arrive. To pass the time, Ike and three associates played bridge. The game was an important part of Ike’s life—throughout the war, in the White House and in retirement. In those years many American leaders were…
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  • More Time-Outs

    admin
    24 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    I wrote recently about my new training idea: playing 10-minute games against the computer, with the condition that I can take one “time-out” of unlimited duration during the game to analyze the position better. I have found this to be a challenging training technique, which has given me lots of fascinating positions to analyze. I’ve done it about six times now. The trick is to find the right time for a time-out, when there are really substantive decisions to make that can affect the outcome. Too early and you may not really change the course of the game. Too late and the…
  • Daisy Sue Update

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Going off topic again! I don’t plan to turn this chess blog into a pet blog, but I thought some of you might like an update on how Daisy, the new puppy, is doing. Plus, more pictures! After all, what’s the point of having a cute puppy if you can’t post cute puppy pictures? First news flash: Daisy is still as cute as ever. The floppy ears are an especially nice touch. They might stand up when she gets older, but we hope not. Daisy has proved to be quite adept at the Head Tilt. This is a proven technique to make humans fall in love with you. Here she demonstrates both the…
  • The Fewer the Merrier?

    admin
    18 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    I wrote this post on Saturday but had a problem with my website that kept me from posting it until now. This year’s Aptos Library Chess Club tournament was a smashing success in every way but one. We didn’t have as big a turnout as we did in 2014 (31 players) or in 2013 (37 players). We only had 15 this year. I take the blame for that, because I was not as organized as I usually am. I always make flyers for the kids to take home, but this year I didn’t. I usually start talking about the tournament two months in advance and taking signups at least a month in advance; this…
  • Humor 2. Reason 1. Rage 0.

    admin
    13 May 2015 | 11:21 am
    This is a mostly off-topic post, but it starts in chess club. At the Aptos Library Chess Club yesterday, a gray-haired woman comes in and starts talking with me. “Oh, I didn’t realize there was a chess club here!” she said. For a little while we chat about the history of the chess club, and I’m thinking she is a nice woman. Then she sees me taking attendance with my cell phone. “What are you doing with that?” she says. I explain. She starts telling me about how Verizon wants to build a new cell phone tower across the street, she tells me that cell phone use…
  • A Fascinating Experiment

    admin
    11 May 2015 | 2:50 pm
    In my last post I complained about the futility of playing against computers. I got some excellent comments, one of which inspired me to try a new experiment. I decided to play a 10-minute game against Shredder where I get one “time-out” per game. The idea is that I would play until I reached an interesting position that demanded an in-depth analysis, and then I would take as much time as I needed to get it right. My first try with this idea was, I think, an outstanding success. I took a time-out at exactly the right moment. Here is the position: Position after 18. … f6.
 
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  • Milwaukee Summer Challenge IV: June 13 - 14, 2015

    24 May 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Hola darlings! Goddesschess is pleased to announce the resumption of special prizes for female participants in the Milwaukee Summer Challenge IV.  Goddesschess prizes are conditional upon at least two or more females playing in each section. Here are the details: http://www.southwestchessclub.com/       ----Southwest Chess Club Website http://swccchess.blogspot.com/            ----
  • One Day Chess Camp in Sheboygan, WI with NMs Rachel Ulrich and Richard Martin !!!

    24 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Hola Darlings! Goddesschess is pleased to provide funding for this fabulous FIRST OF ITS KIND event in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Please note:  Goddesschess is paying the registration fees for ALL female participants, regardless of age/experience level.   So - let me cut to the chase, darlings!  As you may know, Rachel Ulrich, one of the fabulous chess-playing Ulrichs siblings (Tommy, Anne, Rachel,
  • Split Between Domesticated Dogs and Wolves Much Earlier Than Previously Thought

    24 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    As long as there have been preserved written words, the close connection between the Goddess and dogs/canines has been recorded -- extremely ancient "legends" dating back to times thousands of years before written languages were invented to record them.  Similar connections exist between the Goddess and cats/felines and the Goddess and cows/bovines.  Somewhat later but still extremely ancient
  • Native American Gaming Pieces and "Dice" Shed Light on Promentory Culture in Utah

    24 May 2015 | 1:54 pm
    For the curious, please check out Stewart Culin's "Games of the North American Indians," a wonderful resource that is now available online (Holy Hathor!) It is a treasure trove of information gathered by Culin on various games and sports played by North American Indians including extensive drawings, oral traditions, and testimonies of various old-timers and collectors of gaming artifacts alive at
  • Floral Offerings in Ancient Graves

    24 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Hola everyone!  I'm back from sunny and warm Las Vegas.  It was a great trip. My hotel was smack dab outside Rock in Rio that was held last Friday and Saturday - OMG!  Navigating around the street concert area (for vehicles) was a nightmare!  I tried to avoid the mad crush of people as much as possible.  The hotel (I stayed at Circus Circus this visit) was pleasantly busy beforehand but not
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  • Trust your intuition

    rollingpawns
    18 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    After I waited for my opponent for about 15 minutes I asked TD if he is going to come. He said: “Yeah, he always comes, but he comes late, maybe to intimidate a bit”. I said: “But he is not Fisher” and calmed down. He came soon and we started to play. Last time we played he moved really fast and it kind of affected me. This time in the opening I played faster. He played e4 and I decided to rely again on my favorite Ruy Lopez. He exchanged on c6 and I played my pet Bronstein variation – 5… Qd6, I won a couple of games in it in the past. I saw that his…
  • Your Move

    salvatoreala
    18 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    At a party a disgruntled poet lashed out at me. A month earlier he asked me to read his voluminous collection of chess poems. All chess poems. I was polite. I praised. I suggested he start sharing his poems, self-publish, get them out there– sharing your poems is a good way of growing as an artist. That didn’t prove to be praise enough. At the party he went on the attack. “And what do you do? Share poems with crazy people on Facebook!” I had never thought of my friends as such. Maybe I was crazy. I looked at him and thought— “how crazy are you.”   
  • Museum in Bulgaria’s Veliko Tarnovo Presents for the First Time Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Board, Gambling Games

    Ivan Dikov
    18 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    An ancient board game found in archaeological excavations in Northern Bulgaria. It is only one of th
  • From Mongolia To Minnesota To U.S. Open Chess Championships

    Katie Fraser
    18 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –Every year high school students from all over the world call St. Paul Preparatory School home. On Monday, WCCO This Morning’s Ali Lucia met with one of them, Sia Ganbaatar. Ganbaatar is a Mongolian exchange student who, despite still finding her way in a new culture, shows how there’s nothing quiet about her moves on the chess board. Ganbaatar, a senior at St. Paul Prep,  started playing chess when she was 7-years-old. Her cheerful attitude can even be displayed when she’s competing in her principal’s office. “It helps kids develop their…
  • LIGA CATUR MAHASISWA UNSYIAH 2015, BANDA ACEH, OPEN MAHASISWA, 24 Mei 2015

    caturindonesia
    18 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    Sumber: UKM Catur Unsyiah (via facebook) Gens Una Sumus
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  • 19 May 2015 | 9:54 am

    Robert Oresick
    19 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    vigorito lecture and simulLecture and Simultaneous ExhibitionPsychological Insights on Beating a Higher Rated Opponent Tuesday, June 27:00 PM – 9:00 PMIM David VigoritoIM David Vigorito, highly renowned chessplayer, instructor, and author, will speak on the basis of personal experience and success about various strategies for approaching games against higher-rated players. He will demonstrate how he applies these principles in his own play. The lecture will be interactive, with questions from the audience welcome. Time permitting, a question and answer session, open to…
  • 19 May 2015 | 9:18 am

    Robert Oresick
    19 May 2015 | 9:18 am
     Job listing for chessplayer  Job listing for chessplayer for Faneuil Hall   Faneuil Hall Marketplace is seeking a chess enthusiast to manage weekly blitz tournaments outdoors at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.  Hours would be from 5pm - 7;30pm on Thursdays.  Individual would be responsible for setting up and breaking down equipment; explaining rules to players and passers by; and managing the event.  Event would run from 5:30pm - 7:00pm through August (or as long as there is adequate daylight). Weekend hours or special events may be added over…
  • 18 May 2015 | 12:53 pm

    Robert Oresick
    18 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    BCF special naming ceremony  You're Invited to a Special Event at the BCC:Naming Ceremony Dear friends,Please join us on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 PM, for a special naming ceremony at the Boylston Chess Club. On this day, we will be permanently naming our playing hall the Harry Lyman Room, and our skittles area the Mark Fins Room. NM Harry Lyman   photo: Steve StepakTo mark the event, we will be joined by supporters Harold Dondis and Mark Fins.   Harold Dondis    photo: Steve Stepak  Mark Fins  photo: Steve…
  • BCC $15 OPEN: 27 PLAY // WILLIAMS / YIP / TERRIE / KAVI // MARTIN / LI / MORTON U1800 // NEW FACES ABOUND

    Steve Stepak
    18 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB $15 OPENFINGERING: SHOULD BOBBY FISCHERHAVE ENJOYED A 2ND CAREERAS A CONCERT PIANIST?TOO BIG TO FAILNithin Kavi plays black vs NM Chris Williams, Round 3.Chris scored 3 points, good for a share of 1-4th place,and earned a +9 to 2328 rating. Bravo, Chris!BCC JUNIOR STAR SHINESNithin Kavi scored 3 points to take a piece of1-4th place and a +23 to 2099 rating. Bravo, Nithin.IMPRESSIVE CONSISTENCYNM Carissa Yip, 11, plays solid chess with 2 wins,a draw and a half point bye for 3 points anda share of 1-4th place, and a +5 to 2257 rating.MASTER CLASH NM…
  • 13 May 2015 | 2:11 pm

    Robert Oresick
    13 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Sunday ScholasticSunday ScholasticSun, May 17,  10am – 3pm     40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map) Sections: 8 and under; 11 and under; 14 and under.  4SS. G/30, USCF Rated.  Registration: 10:00 – 10:20am in suite B101.  Rounds: 10:30, 11:50, 1:00, and 2:10pm (parents and other children not allowed in playing room during the rounds).  Lunch: 11:30 to 12:00pm.  EF: $20, $15 to BCF members.  Trophies: for 1st & 2nd in each age group. Medals: for 3rd in each…
 
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    The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog

  • War Game 6

    22 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is the third post (earlier episodes are here and here) on chess on the Home Front in World War 2, occasioned by the 70th anniversary of VE day.The episode starts by continuing with the contribution made by Dr. Tartakover to British chess in the period, It will then examine the controversy concerning the role of the British Chess Federation. Here, again, we are treading on egg-shells. It is a subject that may still inflame passions.CARTIER'S WARLieutenant Cartier (easier to pronounce, it was said, than Saveilly Tartakover) seemed to have been very active on the British chess scene in…
  • DG XXI: Doctor Akbaraly

    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    focusAnd we’re back. Have you done yesterday’s homework? I shall be requiring a note from your mother if you haven’t.No talking at the back. Let us proceed.We’re looking at this study:-Akbaraly et al (2009), Leisure Activities and the Risk of Dementia in the Elderly: Results from the Three-City Study,  Neurology vol 73 no 11, 854-861Specifically we’re looking at Mig referencing it in the midst of a series of tweets earlier this month.Verghese’s study wasn’t solely about cognitively stimulating hobbies, but a wide range of different leisure activities.
  • DG XX: Homework

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Matt Fletcher: I’d love to see proof that helps re dementia ...Mig Greengard: ... I’m ok with strong evidence of cognitively stimulating leisure activities doing so ....With apologies to theblueweasel [see comments to DG XIX from last Thursday], here we go again.Is the claim that there is "strong evidence cognitively stimulating leisure activities" helps with dementia justified? We’d have to know which particular studies Mig had in mind to come to a conclusion as to whether they supported what he was saying. We could tweet him to inquire, I suppose, but we know that he doesn’t much…
  • Grigoriev: Falling at the last hurdle

    18 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    White to play and winI nearly made it. The position didn’t look all that difficult so I thought I’d try to solve it in my head. I almost did too. I only tripped up at the last moment.In truth this is not the hardest king and pawn position we’ve ever had. The first move is not exactly difficult to guess and the core of the problem is a familiar little 'opposition dance’ between the kings.Which is why I found my way through to the end without too much trouble, I suppose. White must be winning here, I thought. If Black continues this way I’ll go here and it’s over. Black’s only…
  • War Game 5

    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Marking the 70th anniversary of VE on 8 May 1945, this short series is looking at British chess between 1939 and 1945 in World War 2, concerning itself with chess on the Home Front. The previous episode started with the early war years at local level, and in this one we move on to look at how organised chess and the armed forces intertwined as the war drew on. Your blogger treads rather nervously as the events, and personalities, are within the living memory of some, and close to the hearts of many.     By way of a taste of things to come, this is the paragraph in John…
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    Dayton Chess Club

  • Don’t Get Caught Offside – Lecture 13 & 14 May 2015 – R. Driver

    DCC Chess Queen
    14 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    …just goes to show that “offsides” can apply to chess also! Don’t Get Caught Offsides – Lecture 13 and 14 May 2015 The post Don’t Get Caught Offside – Lecture 13 & 14 May 2015 – R. Driver appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Advance Registrations – 2015 Gem City Open

    DCC Chess Queen
    3 May 2015 | 4:51 pm
    As they come in…. (Please note there are THREE sections  – OPEN, PREMIER and RESERVE) Please read flyer for details. (Details found on home page of this website) If you believe you have registered properly but your name is not on this list, please email dcc.18w5@sbcglobal.net and we’ll research.  Chances are your payment either has not cleared PayPal or you didn’t complete the registration process. 3 DAY OPEN Goran Vojinovic (2571) Yuri Barnakov (2218) Steve Wygle (2211) John Dowling (2078) Jordan Henderson (1970) Jason Wang (1955) Steve Charles (1933) Richard Mercer…
  • 2015 Dayton Chess Club Championship – Advance Registrations

    DCC Chess Queen
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    ..as they come in! David Friedman (2151) Les Whorton (2110) John Dowling (2078) Elton Cao (1792) David Guehl (1762) Ethan Fang (1582) William Franklin (1541) Michael Kelley (1471) Elina Vilenchuk (1368) Daniel Sullivan (1280) Boris Vilenchuk (1229) The post 2015 Dayton Chess Club Championship – Advance Registrations appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Diamonds Forever Pawn Storm Apr 2015 – Advance Registrations

    DCC Chess Queen
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:01 pm
    As they come in….. OPEN Noah Keating-Adams (2133) David Friedman (2151) Blake Baumgartner (2078) U1900 David Guehl (1762) Len Timko (1709) Chris Bechtold (1664) William Franklin (1541) Kevin Ren (1423) U1600 Michael Kelley (1471) Steve Phillips (1394) Soham Joshi (1369) Ben Wettle (1290) Daniel Sullivan (1280) Grant Mu (1121) The post Diamonds Forever Pawn Storm Apr 2015 – Advance Registrations appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
  • Nakamura Knockout – Lecture on 12 March 2015 by Riley Driver

    DCC Chess Queen
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Nakamura in Barcelona Casino de Barcelona Tournament lecture….see if you agree it was a knockout!   Nakamura Knockout lecture on 12 March 2015 by R. Driver The post Nakamura Knockout – Lecture on 12 March 2015 by Riley Driver appeared first on Dayton Chess Club.
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