Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vasily Smyslov - Mikhail Botvinnik, World Championship Rematch 1958, Moscow




Black to move

    
 

Savielly Tartakower - Rudolf Spielmann, Vienna 1913




White to move  
 
  

Lasker's Pin


Endgame video by Peter Lalić.
Link to Peter's Endgame Course at YouTube.     

      
      

     
        
    
Articles about the Lasker's Pin:
    
Rama Chess Blog   
Chessending.com (LAST MONTH POSITION 395)
   
    

Sergei Tiviakov - Nidjat Mamedov, Al Ain 2012



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Ivan Ivanišević - Marat Dzhumaev, Al Ain 2012



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Chess for Novices - DVDs by Sabrina Chevannes

   
Chess for Novices Vol. 1
 (Video running time: 4 hours 15 min.)

A DVD for anyone who knows the rules of chess but would like to be able to improve their game with some specific tactics and strategies.

The main part of the DVD is split into four chapters: Opening – The general principles of the opening are discussed here. No specific opening repertoire is suggested but a guide of how to tackle any opening and come through the first stage of the game in a better position. Middlegame – Some basic tactical devices are introduced such as the pin, fork, skewer and discovered attack. Ending – The basic checkmating technique of the most common endings that occur in novice games are instructed here.

The DVD finishes with a test chapter which consists of 20 exercises based on the information discussed throughout the DVD. Each exercise allows time for you to pause and calculate the answer before the answer is discussed. 


Video sample Chess for Novices Vol. 1:

      
      
    
    

        
              
       
Chess for Novices Vol. 2 (Video running time: 4 hours.) 

A DVD that explains the chess game to you from A to Z, from Alekhine's Defence to zugzwang. The DVD follows on from the material learnt in Volume 1 of the Chess for Novices series. The format of the DVD is the same and has 4 chapters split into Opening, Middlegame, Endgame and the test section.

Each chapter covers the following material: Opening – Basic opening traps: the most common traps that novices fall for in the opening stages of the game. Some traps are recommended but others are shown to learn how to defend against them. Middlegame – Very thematic checkmating ideas and patterns. These patterns help develop you attacking ideas and launch attacks against a castled king. Endgame – The key basic endgames are explained here covering all the essential King and pawn and Rook and pawn endings.
Test – A test chapter with puzzles based on all the content learnt in the DVD. The answers are explained with analysis.

Volume 2 helps you develop into a player who is ready to start entering chess tournaments by introducing all the technical ideas which are essential for your improvement.


Video sample Chess for Novices Vol. 2: 
      
      

   
    
     

Friday, December 28, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Adventures in the Semi-Slav



   
   
   
   

More games at Chessgames.com to study after
17...Bxg2, 11.g3 and 11.exf6.
  
An article at Wikipedia about the Semi-Slav.
   
   

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

"You're supposed to put the puck in the goal,
not players in the hospital."

    
    

    
   

Monday, December 24, 2012

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess

 

   
    

Unbeaten...


 
A film at Vimeo about an unbeaten chess player. 
   
   

Vishy Anand - What do chess champions eat?

 

   
   

Chess Engages Students

Students from Maplewood and Chouteau elementary schools in the North Kansas City School District.
    
    

    
   
LINC Chess 
   
   

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen, London Chess Classic 2012, Round 7

 

    
    
    
The game at Chessgames.com 
     
    

New York Chess & Games

 

   
   
   
   

   
   
   
   

   
   
  
   

   
   
   
   

      
         
    

Website New York Chess & Games 
Instructional Chess Videos
   
   

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Vladimir Kramnik - Luke McShane, London Chess Classic 2012, Round 5

      

          
            
          
           

    
    
    
    

      
      
    
The game at Chessgames.com 
    
    

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

White to move: A draw to find


    
    
"White makes one more move and it's a draw! Keres, the two Byrnes, Lothar Schmid, Bisguier and I sat staring at this position for more than half an hour.
We couldn't find it. Can you?"
     
   
Jan Hein Donner, page 156 in his book The King.

         
         

     
       

Luke McShane - Levon Aronian, London Chess Classic 2012, Round 4

 

      
      
      
    

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Loreen - Euphoria

 

    
    

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Magnus Carlsen - Gawain Jones, London Chess Classic 2012, Round 4

 

        
     
          
     

    
    
    
The game at Chessgames.com  
    
    

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura, London Chess Classic 2012, Round 1

 

    
    
    
The game at Chessgames.com 
     
    

Stevie Wonder, Luciano Pavarotti - Peace Wanted Just to Be Free

 

     
     

Wisdom of C.J.S. Purdy

A player can get along quite well without knowing the Giuoco Piano;
but if he doesn't know Lucena's position, he won't go far.


C.J.S. Purdy's, Fine Art of Chess Annotation and Other Thoughts, Vol. 2 (Page 45)


Links: 
C.J.S. Purdy   
Lucena position
Giuoco Piano 
  
  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Test: Pawn endgame

Black to move
   
    
      
Solution
         

Instrumental background music

 

    
    

Anna Ushenina, the new Women’s World Chess Champion


       
        

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Shrink

Did you miss again a strong move from your opponent?
Shrink the number of good squares your opponent can go to.
  
   
   



 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chess TV Internet Television Channel

On May 10, 2012, Digicast launched Chess TV.
Chess TV is Russia's first online chess TV channel, which broadcasts the world's largest chess tournaments live.


Chess TV   
   

Nora Foss Al-Jabri - Somewhere Beautiful

 

     
     

Debbie West Coon, Justin Williams - You Are Loved (Don't Give Up)

 

     
    

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Classical Games Everybody Should Know

Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know

Articles at Chess.com about typical patterns everyone should know, written by Grandmaster Gregory Serper:

Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 1 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 2 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 3 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 4 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 5 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 6 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 7 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 8 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 9 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 10 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 11 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 12 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 13 
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 14   
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know, Part 15   
   

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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!