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5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever: Part 2 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

hardest mate in 2: part 2Solving chess tactics is an important part of any chess training program. Today we present a continuation of the first series of 5 Hardest Mate-in-2 Ever that was released previously.

The greatest composers of 20th  century created these 5 compositions we are offering you to try. It's not your typical mate-in-2 problem where you need to find an obvious fork or a mate. Here you need to take a few minutes (hours?) to think how to cooperate the chess pieces in a single, the most effective and deadly way, to... deliver a checkmate in 2 moves. Take your time, don't move until you see it!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:59
GM Alexander Ipatov - How to Improve at Chess? E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

ipatovI have recently conducted an interview with GM Alexander Ipatov (2615 FIDE) on a topic of improving at chess. Alexander started playing chess at age of 4, became Natianal Master and International Master at 15, Grandmaster at 18. In 2012 he became the FIDE Junior World Champion.

GM Ipatov participated in many prestigious chess events including the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 September 2014 08:50
7 Important Blitz Lessons: Straight from ChessNetwork E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

chessnetwork blitzNot being an avid blitz player myself I advocate the longer time control games. However, there is something special about blitz and bullet chess that attracts many players online. For example, on Free Internet Chess Server (FICS), about 80% of all games played are fairly short time control ones. That's partly due to the fact that you can play many more 3 minute games than, say, 30 minute ones. But, it still tells us something about popularity of short time controls online.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 September 2014 08:54
Journey to the Chess Kingdom: Review E-mail
Written by WGM Natalia Pogonina   
Monday, 01 September 2014 00:00

chess kingdomGM Yuri Averbakh (born February 8, 1922) is the oldest living grandmaster in the world and one of the most renowned writers, coaches, arbiters and players.

His book “Journey to the Chess Kingdom” has sold over 1 million copies internationally, but it has never been published in English before.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 21:21
What is New in Theory? (August 2014) E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

chess publishingIn this update on ChessPublishing.com our columnist draws attention to trends in openings, old and new-Ed.

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 19:27
Chess Problem # 8 E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Saturday, 06 September 2014 11:44

chess problem 8The 57th World Congress of Chess Composition took place in Berne, Switzerland from 23rd August to 30th August 2014. There were both composing and solving contests in problems and endgame studies.

There were as many as 104 players in the Solving Competition.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 September 2014 11:51
10 Great Endgame Tips by Jose Capablanca E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

capablanca chess endgame tips Jose Raul Capablanca, a Cuban chess player, who held a Word Championship title for 7 years is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time.

Capablanca was renowned for his exceptional endgame skills, superb technique in theoretical positions and exceptional speed of play. Here are the 10 great endgame tips, straight from Jose Capablanca, about his area of expertise: the endgame!

Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 09:00
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