“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (62)

“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 it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading ““What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (62)”

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Need sure points? QGD, Ragozin Variation Edition

“If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.” Magnus Carlsen It took me a while to get into the Ragozin defence of QGD. I played with success the Catalan for a number of years and forcing Nb8-c6 in front of … Continue reading “Need sure points? QGD, Ragozin Variation Edition”

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Quick Decisions (10)

“Choices are the hinges of destiny” Pythagoras The following examples are from a couple of “chess 960” games at our club. I thought it would be interesting to mention this since you could not tell it otherwise. The other interesting detail is the 15 minutes (no increments) reflection time, meaning good and quick decisions were … Continue reading “Quick Decisions (10)”

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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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“Tactics are temporary, endgames are permanent” (2)

IM Kostya Kavutskiy Each one of us goes through unique personal experiences in our life. There is no generic plan we can follow to accomplish our goals. Of course we get tips from parents, teachers or friends and it is up to us to listen. If we do not, life has a funny way of … Continue reading ““Tactics are temporary, endgames are permanent” (2)”

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Need sure points? Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Central Variation Edition

“Beth Harmon: You think I’m a prima donna, don’t you? Harry Beltik: It’s chess. We’re all prima donnas” The Queen’s Gambit series Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD) is arguably more popular these days. Still this should not stop you from looking into the Queen’s Gambit Accepted (QGA), especially at the club level. The positions that arise … Continue reading “Need sure points? Queen’s Gambit Accepted, Central Variation Edition”

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Self Inflicted Wounds (4)

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“I no longer have any fear of pain because I’m the one inflicting it and can decide when it stops.” Maude Julien, The Only Girl in the World It is rather easy to spot mistakes played by others while you are watching their games. Their level matters for sure; however, many a time you can … Continue reading “Self Inflicted Wounds (4)”

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Mednis Principles (3)

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“With major pieces (queen or rook) on the board, having bishops on opposite colors favors the side with an attack.” Edmar Mednis It’s been a while since we have discussed about these principles. The last article was published here. This past week one of the games from our club tournament brought them back into the spotlight. … Continue reading “Mednis Principles (3)”

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“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (61)

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“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 it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading ““What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (61)”

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Need sure points? QGD 5.Bf4, repetition Edition

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“If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.” Magnus Carlsen The first game below is proof that Magnus follows his own advice. Let’s see it: Magnus claimed the draw to the arbiter without playing 19. Ke2. Is this a correct … Continue reading “Need sure points? QGD 5.Bf4, repetition Edition”

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