23. Jan, 2019

Find the best move for White in this endgame




Thumbs up  Video revision:  Endgame - playing for a draw

20. Jan, 2019

In this blitz game White is 3 pawns ahead in material.

Forcing the exchange of queens would accelerate White's winning chances.

Whistle  How does White achieve this ?

Play  the game to check your thinking


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Note how quickly players develop their pieces in the opening before the complications of the middlegame


15. Jan, 2019

Whistle  Can you help White find a tactic here ?




Rule:  Do not get into a "passive rook" situation.

13. Jan, 2019

Find the best move for White to promote a passed pawn




Whistle Puzzles:   Best Checkmates July - October 2018

11. Jan, 2019

This chess game played in 1858 at an opera house in Paris between the American chess master Paul Morphy and two strong amateurs, the German noble Duke of Brunswick and the French aristocrat Comte Isouard, is among the most famous of chess games. Morphy's opponents often played badly, yet his aggressive and dynamic chess still seems almost perfect. Every move develops a piece, creates a threat or captures an enemy piece.

Whistle  How did Morphy end this game in the next 2 moves ?

Play  the game (annotated Chessbase)

Even top grandmasters can lose quickly if they do not develop their pieces. One example of many is a game between the young Magnus Carlsen (age 13) and Sergey Dolmatov — the World Junior Champion in 1978 and World Championship Candidate in 1991 — played in Moscow, 2004 at the 3rd Aeroflot Open.

Play   the game (annotated Chessbase)

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