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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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…

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Attention Exercises
Concentration in chess is no less important than in boxing - loss of concentration is fraught with rapid defeat. Here's what it says about concentration on Wikipedia: Concentration of attention…

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Modern theory

Alexandra Botez – the perfect blend of beauty and intelligence

Alexandra Botez (born Alexandra Botez; September 24, 1995, Dallas, Texas, USA) – Canadian-American chess player, FIDE master of women (WFM).

Chess player Alexandra Botez
Alexandra Botez

Family and chess career
Alexandra Botez of Romanian descent. Born in the USA. Grew up in the close-knit Romanian community of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

She started playing chess at the age of 6 years. According to Alexandra, it all started with a bet:

When I was six years old, my father bet with his mother. He told her that after two weeks of teaching me how to play chess, I could defeat her. The appointed time has come, and I won the game. My mom must Continue reading

Forbidden moves: how to win chess without touching the pieces

Many grandmasters used psychological techniques that can hardly be considered correct.

Worthy debut

You can secure your victory without even touching the pieces. One of the scandalous cases in the history of chess occurred in 1937. Then, at the Ukrainian SSR Championship, Yefim Korchmar locked his partner, Yevsey Polyak, in the restroom. As a result, Korchmar got a victory point, and he became one of the winners of the championship.

Another common trick is being late for the game. It was practiced by almost all well-known grandmasters 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 Andrei Dadiani, who bribed his rivals, then the first scandal was connected with the name of Alexander Alekhine. A Russian emigrant, a multiple world champion, he was accused by the chess community in 1945 of collaborating with Nazi Germany during the war years.

This cooperation was expressed in a series of anti-Semitic articles in which the history of chess was presented from the point of view of Nazi racial theory. He also took part in several tournaments Continue reading

Attention Exercises
Concentration in chess is no less important than in boxing - loss of concentration is fraught with rapid defeat. Here's what it says about concentration on Wikipedia: Concentration of attention…

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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…

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How to play with a computer
This article is primarily addressed to all those who are ready to give up home comfort, part with peace and sound sleep and fork out for online chess battles. For…

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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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