Chess Challengers Tournament
To determine the rival of the world champion in the world championship match, contests of applicants are held. In 1946, the international chess organization FIDE adopted a new world championship…

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Lonely genius
If a person has advanced in any field and has surpassed fate, then we should expect that she will prevail in something else. Great people are almost always cruelly suffering…

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Little-known facts about the 8-time winner of the World Chess Olympiads
In the days of the USSR, his name was well known to every student, and recently, almost nothing is known about him - after he moved from Russia to America.…

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A draw in chess – what is it, in which cases a draw is made?

A draw in chess is the result of a game in which there is no winner or loser. Both opponents get half a point if the game ends in a draw,

A draw in a game can be recorded in the following cases:

1. Ended up material to continue further struggle.

There is no way to checkmate if you have:

two kings;
by king and elephant of the same color;
king and two horses against one king.
A draw cannot be fixed if there are pieces or pawns on the board, and theoretically it is possible to checkmate, even cooperative. A cooperative mat is used in tasks that relate to the field of “fairy-tale Continue reading

How to get rid of yawns and chess views

To begin with, we’ll understand how yawns differ from views. In his book Secrets of Practical Chess, John Nunn wrote the following:

“Views and yawns are two varieties of the same phenomenon. If you have lost sight of anything and, thanks to a happy fortune, the consequences were not too serious, then you made a viewing; if the results are catastrophic, then you yawned. ”

From the foregoing, we can conclude that a yawn leads to a sharp deterioration in position, or obscenities. In amateur chess games, it is not uncommon for one of the opponents to lose the queen. Less often opponents Continue reading

“How to learn openings”

Perhaps there is no such a chess lover who would not want to learn how to play better, would not seek to get rid of the flaws in his game. At the same time, it seems to many that the main obstacle that prevents them from improving is a poor knowledge of the theory of openings. And yet another amateur, having obtained the long-awaited opening leadership after a long search, looks through it, sighs and … puts it on the bookshelf for a long time. In fact, if you think that it is necessary to study all the options given in such a textbook, you can be scared. Try, remember them all, where to get time for this?

Alas, there is still a naive opinion that the master therefore plays masterfully because he studied all the thick chess manuals from cover to cover. But there are many chess players of the second and third categories who know the opening theory no worse than other masters. But such a chess “scientist” of the second category will sit down to play the tournament game, and his opponent will make an unexpected move about which nothing was written in the Continue reading

Jose Raul Capablanca - 3rd World Chess Champion
Jose Raul Capablanca was born on November 19, 1888 in the administrative center of one of the Spanish colonies in the city of Havana (the Spaniards left Cuba in 1898…

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You mate: why you need to learn to play chess
Chess does not have gender and age boundaries. But it is women who play chess skills what they have achieved for many years through business training, corporate training and psychological…

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Chess Time - Time Management
Until the middle of the 19th century, chess games were played without time control. Parties lasted several hours in a row, and sometimes even days. Some players in a knowingly…

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The five loudest chess scandals
Alexander Alekhine: boycott, strange death and a trace of foreign intelligence services If we leave out the scandals of the beginning of the 20th century and the figure of Prince…

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