17. May, 2020

Middlegames can be complicated so sometimes we need to take risks, mess with the opponent's mind and hope we can come out the other side.

In this ChessWorld game Black moved 17... Bf6 attacking my queen with a double threat on the knight behind. I played the only move I could see might get me through.

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👍 Video: Checkmate of the day (0:51)

15. May, 2020

Allows you to try out your opening variations to evaluate their power
Improves your split-second decision-making
Improves your time trouble skills

By playing fast, you are not considering key and deep moves
Playing incorrectly isn’t always punished
Speed chess is insanely addictive
In the long-term does not improve your chess level
                 - Martin Gerschenfeld (USCF 2054, FIDE 1900)

🤔 Can you predict White's next move here ?    Play 

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13. May, 2020

The 2019 King Salman FIDE World Blitz Championship was a 21-round Swiss open (for players rated >2550) held in Moscow, Russia, 29-30 December, with the participation of 159 GMs, including defending champion Magnus Carlsen. The prize fund was $350,000, with $60,000 to the winner. Time control: 3 minutes per player for all moves, with 2 seconds added per move from move one. No players with baseball caps, t-shirts, jeans, shorts, sneakers or inappropriate dress were allowed in the playing area.

Magnus Carlsen took his 5th title (and 3rd in a row) with 16.5/21 and then 1.5/2 vs Nakamura in the tiebreaker.

In this position Magnus (playing Black) sees a way to attack White's pawn chain & so advance his kingside pawns.

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Tournament database (2000 games)

11. May, 2020

Jennifer Shahade was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She learned to play chess from her father, FIDE Master Michael Shahade, and brother, International Master Gregory Shahade. She is a two-time US Women's Champion and has represented America in three Olympiads. In 2005 Shahade published her first book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport. In 2007 Shahade co-founded a non-profit chess charity called 9 Queens, dedicated to extending the benefits of chess to those most in need of its benefits, especially girls and at-risk youth.

🙂 In this position Shahade (White) plays a killer move. Which ?

An attacking game from Mindsports tournament 2008

* Combinations #22-24:   Positions     Hints     Solutions


9. May, 2020

Judit Polgar GM was involved in an "educational experiment" organised by her father which saw Judit and her sisters all become exceptional players in a generally male dominated game.

Judit regarded this game against the more fancied future world champion, Vishy Anand, as one of her finest games.

In her book Play Like A Girl! Jennifer Shahade WGM hopes to change the meaning of what it means to "play like a girl" in chess. The title is a compliment in recognition of the excellent moves of top women players around the world and throughout history - read 

🙂 Video - 6yr old girl captures 7 yr old boy's queen (8:55)