I used to play lots of chess when I was in high school. I also used to represent my school during Interschool tournaments… and lose. I have no idea why I was picked because apart from being good at the game and beating opponents at my own level, I had nothing else. I could never beat those geeks or big guns in the game.
The Stonewall Variation is the pinnacle of solid chess openings. Black’s pawn structure on c6, d5, e6, and f5 is very rigid and so it is a double edge. On one hand, if black can manage to get c8 bishop active, which tends to be easier said than done, then white has a long road to getting a win. On the other hand, if black does not manage to get the bishop active then they are effectively playing a piece down and white will have a … Read More
MADRID — 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.
The Cambridge Springs Variation is an open with a similar idea to the Nimzo. With the move Qa4 black both unpins the knight on f6 and gives themselves control over the d5 square where they can maybe place their knight later on. With the exception of the bishop on c8 all of black’s pieces are either developed or will be shortly; black’s dark squared bishop will come to b4 and put tremendous pressure on the knight.
Our correspondent notes that the ten-board blindfold display in Berlin took place on 23 December 1902, as reported on page 429 of Deutsches Wochenschach, 28 December 1902. The spelling of the Black allies’ names is to be noted. It is believed to have … Read More
If you haven’t given much thought to Christmas and with it only being around the corner then I suggest you put on your thinking cap fast to avoid those last minute Christmas upsets. Corners don’t take long to reach and Christmas will be upon you before you can say Santa Claus. Hanging around till the last minute to do your 2009 Christmas shopping for kid’s toys just might leave you with a broken hearted child where your excuses go unheard, and the tears continue to flow.
The match has entered a second stage. The initial sparring and information exchange is over. One comment Kasparov made was that Anand has, so far, managed to keep Carlsen from getting the thing what he wants. It was previously owned by German chess grandmaster Lothar Schmid. who is known for refereeing what was regarded as the Match of the Century between American Bobby Fischer … Read More