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Yury Markushin
01.10.2010
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Yury Markushin
01.10.2010

According to Wikipedia, chess strategy is concerned with the evaluation of chess positions and setting up goals and long-term plans for future play (Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia). Most chess players understand perfectly well that choosing the right strategy against a stronger or a similar-level opponent may decide the outcome of the game to their advantage.  However, many chess players usually underestimate the importance of developing the right strategy against a weaker opponent. Only a computer program plays the same way against all the opponents. Humans, on the other hand, have the advantage of employing different strategies based on the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses to achieve the best possible results. Knowing what chess strategy to follow against opponents of different strengths is a key factor for success at chess.

Yury Markushin
12.25.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.25.2009

This crossword has only 6 words in it. Guess why? Because there are only 6 types of different chess pieces. Yes, the task is to place names of chess pieces into the squares. Can you do it?

Yury Markushin
12.25.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.25.2009

CHESS IN ANCIENT HISTORY

The game of Chess has been attributed to the Indians both by the Persian people and by the Arabs. However, the origin of the game remains lost in antiquity. The words for chess in Old Persian and Arabic are chatrang and shatranj respectively – terms derived from chaturanga in Sanskrit, which literally means an army of four divisions.
Chess spread throughout the world and many variants of the game soon began taking shape. This game was introduced to the Near East from India and became a part of the princely or courtly education of Persian nobility. Buddhist pilgrims, Silk Road traders and others carried it to the Far East where it was transformed and assimilated into a game often played on the intersection of the lines of the board rather than within the squares. Chaturanga reached Europe through Persia, the Byzantine empire and the expanding Arabian empire. Muslims carried chess to North Africa, Sicily, and Spain by the 10th century.

Yury Markushin
12.24.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.24.2009

Part I

As for me I always wanted to learn play chess. What a game! All those units standing in a row – bishops, knights, rooks and pawns and of course – King and Queen – the authority and power united on central squares!
All seems so clear, so geometric, so waiting just for my signal to step forward and cross the line.
The silence and the strict ranges on polished bricks of board and – nobody else till the horizon.

Yury Markushin
12.24.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.24.2009

Here is the game played against the Little Chess Partner. The online version plays around 2000 ELO on fast PCs, maybe better. I was running Little Chess Partner on AMD Athlon(TM) 4800+ 62×2 Processor, with 2 Gb RAM. Program was set for 10 seconds fixed time search. While playing Little Chess Partner I discovered a few week spots that can be used by one against this program. I will write about that in the next article. Okay, let’s take a look at the position itself. I was playing black.

Yury Markushin
12.21.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.21.2009

The Scotch Game received its name from a correspondence match in 1824 between Edinburgh and London. Popular in the 19th century, by 1900 the Scotch had lost favor among top players because it was thought to release the central tension too early and allow Black to equalize without difficulty. However, this opening is still very popular on “chess club” level, so every chess player should be familiar with it. The main idea of White’s 3.d4 is to dominate the center. However, Black, with the right play, can hold its own.

Yury Markushin
12.21.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.21.2009

It is named after the famous 18th century player François-André Danican Philidor, who advocated it as an alternative to the common 2…Nc6. Today it is known for being a solid, but rather passive, opening for black. It is rarely seen in top level play. Philidor’s main idea behind the move 2…d6 was of course to protect the e-pawn, but most importantly to prepare immediate f7-f5 pawn push, attacking White’s e4 pawn. Since white already placed its knight on f3, the f2-pawn cannot be used to protect the e-pawn which makes Black’s idea possible.

Yury Markushin
12.21.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.21.2009

Italian opening is one of the oldest chess openings. It was analyzed by the greatest Italian masters in XVI century. The main idea for white is formation of ideal pawn center by playing c2-c3 and pushing d2-d4.
Black has a weak f7 square, which white using as a target for its attacks.

Yury Markushin
12.21.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.21.2009

The opening was developed by Russian master Alexander Petrov.
The main idea of Petrov’s Defense (or so called Russian game) is not to defend e5 pawn, but to symmetrically attack white’s e4 pawn. This is strategically rich opening and it’s being used by top player around the globe even these days.

Yury Markushin
12.21.2009
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Yury Markushin
12.21.2009

The two knight defense usually leads to a sharp game. Sacrifices are very common here for black as well as for white. This opening is played at the very top level even today.