Chess history
The history of the emergence of chess is a rather complicated issue, which still remains a mystery to scientists. This topic is open to thought and research. Let's try to…

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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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Mair Mammadov: “Always believed in Rajabov”
In Khanty-Mansiysk, the World Cup is coming to its end. Unfortunately, not one of the Russians made it to the finals and won a ticket to the applicants' tournament. But…

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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

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 this fact in more detail in this article.

Fight for the title of world chess champion in 1972
In 1972, between Robert Fisher and Boris Spassky, the legendary duel for the world title was held. The match was held against the backdrop of scandals, in fact in an open conflict and mutual antipathy.

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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 draw,

A draw in a game can be recorded in the following cases:

1. Ended up material to continue further struggle.

There is no way to checkmate if you have:

two kings;
by king and elephant of the same color;
king and two horses against one king.
A draw cannot be fixed if there are pieces or pawns on the board, and theoretically it is possible to checkmate, even cooperative. A cooperative mat is used in tasks that relate to the field of “fairy-tale Continue reading

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…


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…


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…