18. Jan, 2021

... the weather of course !

A recently completed ChessWorld game between players from British Columbia, Canada & Michigan, USA - it's clearly winter over there currently. Only one player kept their eye on the ball, however. 

😎 Videos - Michigan    British Columbia

👍 Explore tactical thinking in these 10 positions

16. Jan, 2021

Find the win for White
     - from Kings, Commoners & Knaves by Edward Winter

It would seem immediately obvious that White mates quickly by 1 Qxh7+ Kxh7 2 Rh3+ Kg6 3 Ne7#
or 1 Ne7+ Kh8 2 Qxh7+ Kxh7 3 Rh3# or 1 Nf6+ gxf6 2 gxf6+ Kh8 3 Qxh7+ Kxh7 4 Rh3#

Standard mating combinations - but there is no mate. All the above variations are impossible owing to the pin by Black's bishop on b7

So, the winning line is... ?

👍 Try these mate in 1 puzzles:   Positions    Solutions

14. Jan, 2021

On 14 January 2021 we celebrate World Logic Day. UNESCO proclaimed World Logic Day in 2019  to enhance public understanding of logic and its implications for science, technology and innovation.

Researchers over the years have found enough evidence that show a direct correlation between playing chess and improvement in logical thinking. Chess has now become an integral part of daily lives and games are available for desktops, tablets and smartphones – online, offline and through apps for people to play and enjoy whenever and wherever they want.

👍 Chess.com puzzles

12. Jan, 2021

The beauty of chess is it can be whatever you want it to be. It transcends language, age, race, religion, politics, gender and socioeconomic background. Whatever your circumstances, anyone can enjoy a good fight to the death over the chess board. - Simon Williams GM

In the diagram - White looks to win a pawn with 23 Bxb6. Will this give White a winning edge ?

😎 Video - IM John Bartholomew v GM Simon Williams in blitz playoff (7:14)

'In December 2016, I played in a 13-round blitz tournament organized by the Battersea Chess Club in London, England. The time control was 3 minutes with a 2 second increment' - Simon Williams

👍 Article - Top 10 myths about chess



10. Jan, 2021

... but same goals - inspired by Edward Lasker's classic book published during the turmoil of World War II.

'Chess is a lot of fun if you bring to it the right attitude and a sense of humour...'

😎 Video - Hardest chess puzzle (checkmate in 1)

💋 Tournament - 10th Blondes v Brunettes

🙃 Chess variants