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Access all the Blog articles for Chess lovers. This is me and my thoughts on the game that we like the most - Chess.

For each move ask 3 questions:-

P-P-C   P=Preventing what? P=Preparing what? C=Controlling what?   This is a basic idea for beginners to hone their thinking skills. Thinking techniques can be simple like this one or complex as we progress in chess. But these basic questions will serve you for a long time to... read more

London Chess Classic – Carlsen first, Kramnik second

It was a thrilling finale to a historic event. In the final round, Judit Polgar drew with Levon Aronian, while Vladimir Kramnik also drew, with Michael Adams. Hikaru Nakamura fought against Luke McShane, who blundered, while Magnus Carlsen, despite a guaranteed first, pressed hard against Vishy Anand, came close to winning, but eventually drew. The 2012 London Chess Classic took place in the Olympia Conference Centre from Saturday, December 1st until Monday, December 10th. A win was counted as three points, a draw as one, and a loss zero. Links Official tournament site All games in... read more

Reprogram your brain.

Why should you Reprogram your brain ?

The common misconception is that blunders are just tactical errors. Tactics are definitely involved, and better tactical vision will certainly help reduce the number of these blunders, but merely studying tactics is like

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Worth replaying slowly.

[Event “Zurich ct”] [Site “Zurich ct”] [Date “1953.09.19”] [EventDate “?”] [Round “12”] [Result “1-0”] [White “Mark Taimanov”] [Black “Efim Geller”] [ECO “E94”] [WhiteElo “?”] [BlackElo “?”] [PlyCount “80”] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nbd7 8.Re1 c6 9.Bf1 Re8 10.d5 c5 11.g3 Nf8 12.a3 Ng4 13.Nh4 a6 14.Bd2 h5 15.h3 Nf6 16.b4 b6 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.Rb1 N6d7 19.Qa4 Bf6 20.Nf3 h4 21.Nd1 hxg3 22.fxg3 Nb8 23.Re3 Nh7 24.Reb3 Bd7 25.Qa5 Qc8 26.Nf2 Bd8 27.Qc3 Ba4 28.R3b2 Nd7 29.h4 Ra7 30.Bh3 Qc7 31.Ng5 Nxg5 32.Bxg5 Bxg5 33.hxg5 Kg7 34.Qf3 Qd8 35.Rb7 Rxb7 36.Rxb7 Kg8 37.Bxd7 Bxd7 38.Ng4 Qxg5 39.Rxd7 f5 40.exf5 Rb8... read more

10 Things You Never Knew About Viswanathan Anand

10 Things You Never Knew About Viswanathan Anand. He is one of India’s most successful, yet low-profile sports personalities. In light of his latest achievement, here’s a look at some interesting and little known facts about arguably one of the greatest chess players of all time:

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How to Play in Rook Endgame

In this game, with the help of an active Rook, Tarrasch´s King and passed pawn march methodically up the chessboard. As they move forward step by step, the opponent´s pieces are driven further and further back until the edge of the board, where they can put up little resistence to the advance of the passed Pawn. The classic simplicity of Tarrasch’s technique in the conduct of this ending is so impressive as to make it. The Most Instructive Rook and Pawn Ending Ever Played.

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Which is stronger – Bishop or Knight?

Which is stronger – Bishop or Knight? Every chess player wonders which of the minor pieces is stronger and have their own thoughts regarding this.The confusion is even more if they are just beginning their chess practice. That is because they are both assigned a numerical value of 3 and hence the confusion.

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Psychology of Chess Weaknesses

The path to chess improvement lies in finding your weakest area of knowledge and placing all of your effort into converting it into a strength. My greatest weakness is an apprehension, bordering on fear, of delving into deep calculations and analysis. This analytical deficiency affects both my combinational and analysis in over the board play , and unless I work to improve these skills, any future chess improvement will be difficult. You tend to avoid or procrastinate working on your weakest area and this is part of the reason why you lack proficiency, since you do not exert the necessary effort in mastering the material that gives you trouble. Strengthening Your Weaknesses Whatever your weaknesses may be, you must identify them and apply great effort and patient focus to turn them into strengths. Here are some ideas in converting your weaknesses into strengths: Focus – Give all of your attention to your training, and eliminate distractions when studying. Practice – Practice daily, but create a varied training schedule that provides you with a fresh perspective every time you train. Your practice should revolve around material that address your weakest area. Effortful Study –  Always give 100% during every training session, and do not hesitate to cross your comfort zone during each training session. Each session should build upon the last either in intensity or difficulty. Play – Playing allows you to transfer the knowledge and skills picked up in your training environment to real over the board play. Integrate thought process into your practice. Discovering Your Weaknesses If you are unsure as to which areas you need to work... read more

When you see a Tactic…

Most of you may have experienced this phenomenon whilst playing chess – you may have spotted a beautiful combination like say a smothered mate and you did a quick cross check. You realized that this was your moment of glory and that you could after all play like Tal. Chances are – it may not be the best playable move. Who knows it may even be an outright blunder!

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