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…

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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…

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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…

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Chess Time – Time Management

Until the middle of the 19th century, chess games were played without time control. Parties lasted several hours in a row, and sometimes even days. Some players in a knowingly losing position began to drag out time, forcing the opponent to be nervous. When the nerves were completely lost, the opponent could agree to a draw, or even lose. If the opponents did not have time to finish the game in one game day, the game was postponed. The player whose last move was before the game was postponed recorded the secret move. The game was played out on the appointed day.

The literature describes the match between Howard Staunton and Pierre Saint-Aman in 1843. The 21st game of their match lasted 66 moves for 14.5 hours. Continue reading

A rook in chess – how does a piece move?

A rook in chess is one of the most powerful pieces. Best of all, the potential of the rook can be realized if there are no obstacles in its way in the form of other figures. The efficiency of the rook will be the higher, the more available cells for movement will be at its disposal. Each player at the beginning of the game has two rooks.

The main mistake often made by inexperienced chess players is the underestimation of the rook’s potential.

After castling the rook with the king, it is best to hold these pieces where they have enough space for movement.

If we talk about the value of the rook, then it equals five pawns. Thus, this figure is stronger than an elephant or horse, but it will be weaker than these two figures combined. Two rooks are considered stronger than the queen. Rook is a strong enough, but not maneuverable figure. Continue reading

Chess Quotes

Chess is a quiet game of raum music.
Leonid Sukhorukov

Victory goes to the one who made the penultimate mistake.
Savely Tartakover

With the right game on both sides, a draw is inevitable.
Siegbert Tarrash

In general, I think that in chess everything rests on tactics. If the strategy is a block of marble, then the tactics are the cutter with which the master acts, creating a piece of chess art. Continue reading

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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Indian Chess - History, Rules of the Game
Indian chess is also known as shatrange. This logical game is a descendant of the ancient Indian chaturanga, known since the 7th century BC, as well as the forerunner of…

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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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