Friday, December 31, 2010

Reshevsky - Larsen, Lugano 1968

                
          

          
More Nimzo-Indian games after 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 c5 6.Nf3 d5 7.0-0 dxc4 8.Bxc4 Nc6  9.a3
            
          

Breyer - Tarrasch, Mannheim 1914

              
          

        
More Ruy Lopez games after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3
           
              

Checkmate patterns

          
Anastasia's mate, Arabian mate, Hook mate.
All are they example on checkmate patterns.

   
Wikipedia article about checkmate patterns.
         
         

Pattern recognition

                 
"If you were to visit a chess tournament and watch a grandmaster in action, you would be able to observe a surprising range of emotions. Sometimes, in apparently simple positions, the grandmaster might lapse into lengthy periods of concentration, where ten minutes or more might be spent on a move. At other times the moves will come very quickly, even in complicated positions. You might even be shocked if the grandmaster suddenly wins the game with a lengthy and brilliant mating sacrifice - after thinking for just a few seconds. Clearly the analytical process is not always directly related to how complicated the position is on the surface.
The reason for this is pattern recognition. If the grandmaster can recall similar positions encountered in the past, the same themes and concepts might be applicable to the game in hand. This makes it much easier and quicker to analyse a position. It especially applies to the most basic attacking formations around the enemy king. Once a known motif is spotted, the moves of the potential combination are analysed to check that it does indeed work in the particular position on the board.
 
It is clear then that chess analysis is a mixture of calculation of individual moves and pattern recognition". (Murray Chandler, How to Beat Your Dad at Chess)
                 
        
           






















                      






















          





















 
   
   


Chess Tactics for Kids 
                     
Book at Amazon   PDF excerpt 

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess 
Book at Amazon   PDF excerpt
              
Understanding Chess Tactics     
Book at Amazon   PDF excerpt        
    
   
   
A video about pattern recognition:                   
       

          
                  
         
  

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Monday Afternoon Chess in Munich

            
        

         
              
                      

Chess Me Out - talk on board

               
A documentary about chess.
12 professional chess players talk about their job. From the childhood to the feelings on board during the game, we listen to their thoughts mixed in 12
different chapters.

  
Vimeo       
          
    

        
       
             

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Smith-Morra Gambit 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3

                
Wikipedia article about the Smith-Morra Gambit. 

And here 3 games with the gambit, not so easy to beat
- at least in correspondence chess:
            
    

        
        

          
              

     
    

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some chess puzzles to solve

   
All the puzzles to solve are from the book Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games,
by László Polgár. 
                 
                             


























































































        
             


















Solutions
  
      

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy New Year!

                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                    
                             

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Road to Checkmate

                      
                      
















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Flickr.com 
         
          
 

Brooklyn Castle

                  
We're filmmakers from Brooklyn, New York & we are currently in production on BROOKLYN CASTLE, a documentary about the best junior high school chess program in the nation, Intermediate School 318 in Brooklyn, New York.
                            
We’ve brought on some talented artists to work with us - Brian Satz, our composer, Alex Krawitz, our animation producer and Mitch Paone, our lead animator. Together with these guys we’re creating what we think is something really special and hope to share it with the world (or at least Brooklyn) in the Spring of 2011.
   

http://brooklyncastle.com
            
              

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Andor Lilienthal - Lev Aronin, Moscow 1948

        
         

           
More games with Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Bxc4 Nbd7
       
         

Salo Landau - Richard Réti, Rotterdam 1927

              
                                                   

            
More games with 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 in English, Four Knights Variation.
               
                  

Lajos Portisch - Erich Eliskases, Tel Aviv 1964

                       
             

                   
More games with Queen's Gambit Declined, Harrwitz Attack.
                    
                

Michael Richter - Artur Yusupov, Germany 2009

                 
                                            
             
                        
More games with Queen's Gambit Declined 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5
            
                

Don't hurt

                                                         
However big and important you are,  
you should not hurt anybody

with your words or actions.
                            
- Susheela Iyer, Mother of Chess World Champion Viswanathan Anand                            
         
              

Chess Face Reactions

                                      
                                                                                                                                                  
  
                                                                                 
























Photos:
Kent Porter / Press Democrat 2010          
                    
 
            

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

               
              

      
             
                  

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Game for Two

                            
Short film. Victoria, a chess champion, enters Argiris’ bookstore.
       
         

         
   
             

The Réti Opening

                                           
Short film. A young chess player meets an old man that teaches him something new.
 
               

 
   
             

Bobby Fischer Infographic

                        
           

     
  
    

Short Chess Video

          
Would have liked to see a longer version.
  
 

  

     
      

Chess Puzzle

                           
A chess puzzle from chess-video.blogspot 
              
              

                  
                 
                 

A Beautiful World

                                   
           

            
 
             

                  
                
 

Love for the game

                           
The kids are learning chess in the classroom and teachers hope the skills they pick up at the chess board will help raise test scores.
Berkeley Chess School's outreach effort aims to develop students' concentration, memory, strategic and critical thinking, plus the ability to make smart moves in their lives as well as over the chessboard.
                                     
                              



               
       

Monday, December 20, 2010

Schmid playing 1.e4 c5 2.Ne2 against Byrne and Spassky

                                            
YouTube videos from the game Lothar Schmid - Robert Byrne, played at BBC Master Game Trophy chess tournament 1980.

Video, part 1
Video, part 2

Info page about this game.

            
Lothar Schmid played the same opening variation again 1981 against Boris Spassky. Boris won a nice endgame:
                  
         

          
          
          

Creating and Fixing Weaknesses

                                                                        
Video on the game The World vs Gert Jan Timmerman, the 15th World Correspondence Chess Champion. 
The game, played 2007, at Chessgames.com 

       

           
         
                        

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chess Picture

                                                                 
                      














Playing blitz with sunglasses.

Photograph: Lars Narve Larsen
        
          
         

Another Cartoon

                                                                    
                                                 
             
    Jolly Jumper and Lucky Luke 
      
   
                       

X-ray in chess

                           
                       

                  
                       

Link to Wikipedia article about X-ray in chess.
                     
   

Ahn - Ruck, Belgium 2007

            
Martin Ahn - Tamas Ruck, Belgian Team Championship 2006-2007.
The game at Chessgames.com. 

Annotations to the game Ahn - Ruck at Chessville (scroll down the page).
 
        

Endgame study

                   
Endgame study, page 95 in the book 
Dynamic Chess Strategy, by Mihai Suba.
                                             
                                            

























Solution
 
   
  

Friday, December 17, 2010

Chess videos with Capablanca, Euwe and Botvinnik

                         
Video with José Raúl Capablanca and Max Euwe from January 15, 1935. The video can be seen on both YouTube and Geschiedenis:

YouTube 
Geschiedenis
       
Video from the blindfold television game Mikhail Botvinnik - Max Euwe, played December 28, 1963.
Each player had 10 minutes for the game. 

The video Mikhail Botvinnik - Max Euwe can be seen on both YouTube and Geschiedenis:

YouTube:
Part 1  Part 2
Geschiedenis 
         
        

                 
     

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

           
            

         
              

Hou - Beliavsky, Amsterdam 2009

       
          

        
More games with the Hanham Variation in Philidor.
Wikipedia about the opening Philidor.
        
       
        

T. L. Petrosian - Kurajica, Plovdiv 2010

         
              

        
More games with Scandinavian 3...Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Nb5.
     
       
      

Petrukhin - Kremenietsky, Krasnoyarsk 2007

       
                                                

          
More games with Pirc 4.Be3 c6.
         
          
    

Vorobiov - Gabrielian, Ulan Ude 2009

                  
             

                  
More games with Caro-Kann, Classical Variation 4...Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6.
        
        
  

Nijboer - Timman, Hilversum 2006

                       
              

                           
More games with French Winawer, Poisoned Pawn Variation.
      
       

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Erdogdu - Howell, Khanty-Mansiysk 2010

                      
                                                                

                 
More games after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 a6 6.O-O Ba7. 
Wikipedia about the opening 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5.
          
       
   

New In Chess Magazine

          
         

     
      
New In Chess Magazine
        
       

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Savchenko - Nepomniachtchi, Moscow 2010

                
A game from the 2010 World Blitz Chess Championship in Moscow.
            
           

                     
More games Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Nb3
        
      
  

Chess Coach Jeremy Dancer Interviewed on TV

            
            

        
         
Website Chess Coach Jeremy Dancer.
     
           

The Chess Pavilion

                    
Constructed in 1957, Chicago's Lincoln Park chess pavilion is an architectural and sculptural work of art.
Today the pavilion is still home to a thriving and diverse chess community. 

A film by Vern Cummins, Jamie Gallant and Ethan Barnowsky.
              
                        

               
              
        

Kids Playing Chess in Curaçao

                                
                 

         
               
Wikipedia about Curaçao.
And here some underwater chess in Curaçao.
             
              

Monday, December 13, 2010

30 Chess Rules to Remember

           
Listen carefully...

                

       
      
Problems to get it? Here they are again...
      
          

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miniatures

   
        

        
         

       
        

       
         

       
         

An Arbiter's Notebook

         
                 
















You two need to read An Arbiter's Notebook.
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Knights

                       
             
               
















 
 

    
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Cartoon

                          
                     
                         
















 


  
timtim.com
  
     

Garry Kasparov - Valery Salov, Moscow 1988

        
         

    
The game at Chessgames.com
       
         

Nigel Short - Jan Timman, Tilburg 1991

   
   

       
The game at Chessgames.com
     
       

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I played my first chess game in December 1977 and was lucky to hold draw. I continued to play chess and joined a chess club in September 1978. I'm still enjoying playing chess. I like to do many other things than playing chess. Long walks, some jogging, cycling, reading books, listen to music, watch movies, writing and much more. Life is fun!