Each chess player is improving in his own ways. Our masters care little about the transfer of their experience to youth. forcing many first-timers gropingly to seek the right methods of working on themselves. A typical example of such a “wandering in the dark” is my quest for chess. The desire to facilitate the task of young Soviet chess players seeking to improve their skills suggested the idea of this article to me. I hope that my thoughts, supported by the concrete experience of chess improvement, will be able to provide them with at least some help.
I got the first category in 1934. By this time I already had a number of successes in competitions. Further performances in tournaments of the first category and mixed tournaments with the participation of the Continue reading
Grandmaster – the highest rank in chess and checkers. In 1949, the International Chess Federation established the title of “International Grandmaster”. Starting next year, this title began to be awarded to men, and since 1976 to women.
The first chess player to be named grandmaster was Briton William Lewis. That is how he was presented by the London newspaper Bella Life in his February 18, 1838 issue. The next time the word “grandmaster” was mentioned already in the twentieth century. In 1914, at a tournament in St. Petersburg, the Russian emperor Nicholas II named the five finalists as grandmasters. At the beginning Continue reading
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.
The player has the following set of pieces: 1 king, 1 rook, 1 elephant, 2 gold generals and 2 silver generals, Continue reading