Did Lenin play chess with Hitler: Scandalous etching of a little-known artist
This drawing, which dates back to 1909, caused 100 years after its creation a real scandal. Could young Hitler have met Lenin, and did such a chess game really happen?…

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How does a horse go about chess?
The horse is one of the most cunning chess pieces, which has a unique way of moving. The horse is rightly considered an insidious adversary who can "literally grow out…

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Chess - how is the game useful and what does it develop?
The human brain is no different from our body and is capable of mental training and building “mental muscles”. Chess in this case is a universal simulator, which has no…

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from a mistake

Blitz in chess

A game of chess requires a fairly quick pondering of moves. But the introduction of a blitz game in a London club at the end of the 19th century became nonsense. First, the players were given 30 seconds to think about the moves, then the time was reduced to 10 seconds. The game itself took place in 5 minutes, for which it was called five-minute.

It’s more difficult to play blitz – a chess player must quickly calculate options and combinations, which not all experienced players can do. Grandmaster is not always a strong blitz.

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Queen in chess

The queen in chess is the most dangerous piece, whose strength is equal to nine pawns. Modern theory attributes it to “heavy pieces” (the second of which is the boat). The appearance of the queen in traditional chess is similar to that of the king, but the king is higher and is marked with a cross in the upper part of the piece (the queen has a small ball instead).

Queens on a chessboard
Each player at the beginning of the game has one queen. Together with the king, queens occupy two central cells on the first and eighth horizontals. Remembering how they are located relative to each other is quite simple. The fields (for black it is d8, and for white it is d1), on which queens are placed, before the start of the game have the same color as the pieces themselves. It is easy for beginner chess players to remember this rule using the rule “the queen loves her color”.

How the queen walks
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Shogi (Japanese chess) – complete game rules, history

Shogi Rules
A 9 by 9 board is used. Cells are numbered from right to left, as well as from top to bottom. Each cell is rectangular in shape, is not indicated in any way, the cells are not divided into colors. Before the game, in the “upper” cells, white pieces are arranged in 3 rows, and in the “lower” cells, black pieces in the same order. The figures have the appearance of 5-coal-colored plates with hieroglyphs. “Black” and “white” are only verbal designations of the playing sides, the pieces themselves have one color and their affiliation is determined by the direction of the acute angle of the piece. Each piece is set with the sharp side to the opponent. Each player has at his disposal 20 pieces belonging to 8 types, which differ in value, strength and moves.

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They are tired
In 1946, freshman at the Law School of the University of Amsterdam, Hein Donner went to Groningen at the Staunton Memorial. Student Donner was rarely seen in university auditoriums: captivated…

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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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Shogi (Japanese chess) - complete game rules, history
Shogi Rules A 9 by 9 board is used. Cells are numbered from right to left, as well as from top to bottom. Each cell is rectangular in shape, is…

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Alexander Alekhine ©
Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine. Born October 19 (31), 1892 in Moscow - died March 24, 1946 in Estoril (Portugal). Ingenious chess player, fourth world chess champion. The doctor is right. Alexander…

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