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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Elephant in chess - how does a piece move?
An elephant in chess is a piece located on the board at the beginning of the game on cells c1, f1 (for white) and c8, f8 (for black). Each of…

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Indian Chess - History, Rules of the Game
Indian chess is also known as shatrange. This logical game is a descendant of the ancient Indian chaturanga, known since the 7th century BC, as well as the forerunner of…

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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 losing position began to drag out time, forcing the opponent to be nervous. When the nerves were completely lost, the opponent could agree to a draw, or even lose. If the opponents did not have time to finish the game in one game day, the game was postponed. The player whose last move was before the game was postponed recorded the secret move. The game was played out on the appointed day.

The literature describes the match between Howard Staunton and Pierre Saint-Aman in 1843. The 21st game of their match lasted 66 moves for 14.5 hours. Continue reading

European Chess Championship – history, facts, heroes

European Chess Championship – an international tournament held by the European Chess Union. The first championship was held in 2000, and is now held annually. In addition to the fact that European champions in the absolute and women’s categories are determined at the tournament, another specificity of this tournament is the determination of players applying for participation in the World Chess Championship and the Women’s World Chess Championship.

Historical background
Unofficially, the first European Championship was held in Munich in September 1942. The organization Continue reading

Indian Chess – History, Rules of the Game

Indian chess is also known as shatrange. This logical game is a descendant of the ancient Indian chaturanga, known since the 7th century BC, as well as the forerunner of modern chess.
History
Initially, ancient Indian chess was intended for four people and was conducted using four sets of pieces. The well-known and now chessboard was used for the game, but the moves were performed after tossing dice. Until the 6th century, the rules of the game were inaccurate and contradictory, transmitted orally between players.

The figures in the game corresponded to the structure of the Indian army of that time:

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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…

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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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“On the interaction of figures”
The goal of a chess game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. But not one of the figures alone can achieve this goal, not even the all-powerful queen. As in…

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“Calculation of options”
During tournament and match games, a chess player only in rare, exceptional cases performs a combination, more often he analyzes the positions and evaluates them, after which he draws up…

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