Behavior in a Tournament

You are supposed to know the rules before you play in a tournament. Nevertheless, it happens regularly that a player does something illegal. This may lead to a sanction.

Touch and move: If you touch a piece, you have to move it, except if it is impossible, of course. As long as your hand has not left the piece on a new square, it can be placed on any accessible square. From the moment, you let it go, it is played. If you don’t know this rule, it can be an expensive one. As an example, watch this game that went:

1. e4 – e5
2. e4xd5 – Qxd5

Then, white, by mistake, touched his king. That meant, he had to play it. The king could only move to e2, then black moved his queen to e4 and it was a checkmate. A very humiliating way to lose. So in … Read More

BONG-CLOUD OPENING

This is not a tadpole opening when playing chess. This is the opening of the Bong-Cloud, a kind of joke meant to give opponents a chance to win. 1. e4 e5 2. Ke2.
Someone plays it because he thinks he is much stronger than his opponent. That may be what GM Hikaru Nakamura had in mind when he faced his junior GM Jeffery Xiong in the last round of the 2020 Saint Louis Chess Club Blitz online tournament early this morning.
Nakamura is one of the chess players who play this opening from time to time. There are several YouTube videos showing it. However Jeffery was unable to punish his opponent. Even tend to look confused how to deal with it. The following is the party note.
GM Hikaru Nakamura (2900) – GM Jeffery Xiong (2724)

  1. e4 e5 2. Ke2 Nf6 3. d3 d5 4. Nd2 Nc6 5. c3 b6
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Chess Strategies For A Winning Game

chessMADRID — The world’s top female chess player has given up her last game to protest being paired against mostly female players at a major tournament where male contestants outnumbered them.

Christian Sánchez (Rosario, Argentina) wonders whether Assiac’s name was really ‘Heinrich L. Fraenkel’, as given by Jeremy Gaige in Chess Personalia (Jefferson, 1987), or whether there was a mix-up with Dr H.L. Frankel. Our correspondent notes the discussion of Fraenkel/Frankel in C.N.s 3244 and 3385 (see pages 205-206 of Chess Facts and Fables).

Anand headed into a tabiya – a set of related positions – that he knows very well, when he captured the c-pawn with 3—dxc4. Carlsen took his first long think on move 4. The position resembled a Sicilian Dragon Defence – only the colours were reversed.

This has given rise to many gaming links and websites wooing surfers to try out their skills. Many sites have … Read More

‘Queen Of Chess’ Abandons Gibraltar Match To Protest Pairing

chessWhen learning to play chess, it is a definite advantage if you can study other chess games. Chess has many different methods of recoding games, the most common being Algebraic Notation. Those who can read Algebraic Notation can make use of annotated games and openings directories, tournament records and other great learning resources. Chess notation can be used to record all facets of the games, including piece positions, moves, captures, pawn promotion, castling, check, checkmate and end of game.

I’ve had this prob since Pogo changed the chess table window. During the 1st game, the save game button is enabled, and works fine. Once the game ends the button becomes disabled, and never works again. However, the game chugged along with the remaining rooks going off the board with Carlsen going in for an exchange. RULES: USCF Quick Chess Rules in force. All players required to use a chess clock.

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So Wins Tata Steel Chess Tournament

chessThe contenders arrive in a haze of smoke as the announcer, dapper in a black suit and tie, introduces them from the ring. They are dressed in shimmering hoodies and boxer shorts, and they pump their fists in the air for the cameras. The two men pace in their corners while an orchestra plays the Icelandic national anthem. Next, a chessboard has been placed at the centre of the ring and they are seated opposite each other, grinning rather a lot, while an even more amused-looking man stands by with a timer.

Christmas toys for the year 2009 are leaving the shop shelves as quick as they are being stocked up. Get in fast to nab a Christmas gift for your child while you have the chance. In order to beat the crowds and avoid the mad rush for the latest new Christmas electronic gadgets i.e. computer consoles for teens … Read More