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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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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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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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? While art historians and historians do not stop arguing on this subject, Emma Lowenstamm etching was put up for sale. Experts at the Mullock’s auction house claim that this is a genuine drawing, especially since there are three signatures on the back of the sheet – the artist and two people depicted on it.
Historians and bibliographers deny that Lenin and Hitler have ever met. There are no documents or memoirs of contemporaries in this regard, and it is not entirely clear whether this engraving can be considered evidence of such a fact. However, according to the version of the artist’s heirs, this chess Continue reading

Elephant in chess – how does a piece move?

An elephant in chess is a piece located on the board at the beginning of the game on cells c1, f1 (for white) and c8, f8 (for black). Each of the players at the beginning of the game has two elephants at their disposal.

Another common name is an officer. So this figure was called in the Russian Empire, so sometimes it is now called in Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria. In France it has the name “jester”, in Germany – “runner”, in Estonia – “spear”, in English-speaking countries – “bishop”, in the Czech Republic – “shooter”, in Poland – “messenger”. In ancient chess, satranja, the elephant was depicted as two tusks. This image for some was like a jester, for some it was like a bishop. Now the name “elephant” has been assigned to this figure in Russia. In our country, the name of this figure is translated most accurately. It emphasizes that chess came to us precisely from the east. However, the figure itself with the elephant has nothing in common – it looks like a man in a hat, the same bishop.

In chess, an elephant, like pawns, a horse and a rook, migrated from the ancient Indian game of Continue reading

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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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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On improving the chess player
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…

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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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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…

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