Sally Landau and Mikhail Tal: And at night he taught her to play chess ...
He could play blindly on ten chessboards, not recording anything and memorizing his every move, while at the same time accurately calculating the opponent's moves ahead. Mikhail Tal was a…

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How the Russian princess conquered the world famous chess king, or the most brilliant game of Jose Capablanca
When they met in 1934 at a reception at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, Princess Chegodaeva was probably the only one to whom the name of Jose Raul Capablanca did…

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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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from a monkey

CHESS RECORDS

A chess game is an alloy of sports, science and art, in addition, it has various connections with other types of human activity – history, psychology and pedagogy, computer science and, of course, mathematics.

The theory of chess is deeply developed, and the long history of practice is taken into account. In chess, there is strategy and tactics (positional and combination game), and the game itself consists of:

– Debut (start)

– Mittelspiel (middle)

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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 according to the Paris Peace Treaty). He met the ancient game at the age of 4, watching his father, Jose Maria, play against his colleagues. A few days later, the boy already knew perfectly how the pieces walk and even drew the parent’s attention to the error in the completed move. On the same day, he was able to easily beat his dad. The young child prodigy was sent for further training to the Havana Chess Club. Here he worked real miracles, defeating the strong masters of Taubengauz and Iglesias with a handicap in the form of a queen! And it’s only 5 years old! By the age of eight, he firmly became the second chess player on his native island, losing so far only to reigning champion H. Corso.
In 1901, the 12-year-old Capablanca met Corso in an official match. Jose Raul was able to answer his two Continue reading

Computer or person

MG Emil Sutovsky recently published shocking news on his Facebook page: the computer program “Ponanza” beat the best shogi player in the world. But that is not all! The program applied the novelty on the first move: no professional shogi player had ever played like this before! I think this is about how to start a debut with 1.Ka3 or 1.f3.

Of course, this is not so shocking news for chess players. Unfortunately, we have already left this stage of computer development far behind.

Today, the top-end program can easily beat Magnus Carlsen by playing literally any initial move. The future Continue reading

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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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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Anyone who uses and does not use chess programs
In this article, a proger is a person who uses the hints of a chess program on a chess Internet server, a disconnector is a person who disconnects from an…

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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…

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