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…

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A rook in chess - how does a piece move?
A rook in chess is one of the most powerful pieces. Best of all, the potential of the rook can be realized if there are no obstacles in its way…

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Spassky vs. Fisher: the legendary chess battle
Most recently, we wrote about the biography of Robert Fisher. In his life there was an interesting period when he played for the world title and we decided to describe…

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A bit about checkers and again about chess

“In life, chess and checkers you need to think for a long time,
to make a quick decision ”

There is a legend: in ancient times, the king of France, Louis XIV, handed the chief of the secret police “Lettre de Cache” – a special warrant for arrest and imprisonment in the Bastille, without trial, by order of the king. The eternal imprisonment, madness and slow death, was doomed to a famous conspirator.

But the conspirator turned out to be a strong man. He never thought of giving up! Every morning, in order not to weaken, he did gymnastics. His brain needed the same gymnastics. A checker game came to the rescue. Continue reading

My ideal self

Indian parable.

Four blind people walked around the city.
“Stand back,” they shouted to them, “they are leading the elephant!”
– What is an elephant?
The driver stopped the elephant and allowed it to be touched so that these people had an idea about
what an elephant is.
“Well, now do you understand what an elephant is?”
“Yes,” answered the first blind man who touched the elephant’s foot, “the elephant is like a large column!”
“The elephant is like a fat snake!” – said the second man, touching the elephant for the trunk.
– An elephant is like a big barrel! – said the third, because he touched the belly of an elephant.
“An elephant is like a rope,” retorted the fourth, for he touched the tail of the elephant. 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

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Chess Challengers Tournament
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