Sac Or No Sac? (3)

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“A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it” Wilhelm Steinitz I have been talking about the importance of knowing patterns and combinations in rapid play many times. This past week at the club we witnessed another game where this knowledge (or lack of) made the difference. It is not like we did not learn the … Continue reading “Sac Or No Sac? (3)”

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8 Things I Learned From Failing To Get A WIM-Norm

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This is a guest article by my amazing girlfriend WFM Alessia Santeramo. She writes about her recent experience at a closed OTB Classical Chess Tournament. Check Alessia out on her Twitch & YouTube and leave her a follow :-). Enjoy! Finally, I’ve played my first OTB tournament after 2,5 years of just playing online chess. […]

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The Dark Side Of Chess: Match-Fixing

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After writing an article on different types of short Grandmaster draws, it is time to zoom in on the saddest category: pre-arranged draws. Yes, there are even cases of match-fixing wins & losses, but they are much less common than pre-arranged draws. I’m not writing this article to accuse players. That is also why I […]

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Grandmaster Draws Explained

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The term Grandmaster Draw most likely brings a sad image to your mind. Two lazy Grandmasters are leaving the table after only a couple of Minutes and another Berlin defense move-repetition. This is not wrong, but also not entirely right. Even though most quick draws between Grandmasters look similar, the energy & motivation behind them […]

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Kramnik: “Intellectual effort gives me enormous pleasure”

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Vladimir Kramnik has had a wildly uneven 2013, swinging from the highs of the Candidates Tournament and Dortmund to an abject last place at the Tal Memorial. The Alekhine Memorial was merely disappointing, and afterwards he gave a long interview to a popular Russian weekly magazine. The wide-ranging interview with Natalia Skurenok for Itogi is aimed […]