My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?

José Raúl Capablanca‘s chess delivered and still creates an irresistable masterful impact. In his games an inclination towards straightforwardness prevailed, and in his seemingly effortlessness brilliance there was a one of a kind delight of veritable simplicity. Indeed, his style, one of the most perfect, most completely clear in the whole history of chess, stillContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?”

Dorian vs Fish: Hurricane on the Chessboard

Hurricanes are one of my favorite metaphors to use while teaching chess. These massive storms arise from well known openings and thus have a predictable path for a certain amount of time. However, the path of certainty slowly gives way to uncertainty where even master meteorologists armed with powerful computers make errors in their evaluations.Continue reading “Dorian vs Fish: Hurricane on the Chessboard”

Fastest Queen Trap Ever?

Poor Kusin managed to have his queen trapped after only four moves! This game holds the record for fastest queen trap in the history of chess and is also a really great example to show young chess players when explaining the dangers of bringing the queen out to early. [Event “Rjasan”]
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Remembering Eric Schiller (1955-2018)

  In 2018 I lost a good friend and excellent coach, Eric Schiller. Eric was a true gentleman and scholar who during his journey through life acquired a PhD in Linguistics and FIDE Master title in chess. Most will probably remember Eric as the most prolific chess author in history (he wrote over 100 chessContinue reading “Remembering Eric Schiller (1955-2018)”

Magnus Carlsen Silences His Critics

The simplest way to silence your critics is to do what they claim you can’t do. They may mock your process loudly but never allow their words to cause you to take unnecessary risks. In light of this shocking draw offer from Magnus in a superior position with more time, I reconsider my evaluation ofContinue reading “Magnus Carlsen Silences His Critics”

My Favorite #Chess Games: The Second Battle of Hastings

The second Battle of Hastings occurred August 17, 1895, in the tenth round of the Hastings tournament nearly 829 years after William the Duke of Normandy decisively defeated the Anglo-Saxons seven miles northwest of Hastings. In the Second Battle of Hastings, Wilhelm Steinitz conducted a beautifully planned attack which concludes with one of the greatestContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Second Battle of Hastings”

My Favorite #Chess Games: The Evergreen Game

I keep returning to the combination of artistry, complexity and romanticism that is the Evergreen Game. The freshness of ideas that occur with close analysis continues to intrigue and inspire each new generation of chess players who choose to explore this breathtaking game. In fact, the actual moves of Adolf Anderssen and Jean Dufresne areContinue reading “My Favorite #Chess Games: The Evergreen Game”

#Chess Game Worth Sharing 

Here is the game which the position from last night’s puzzle originated from. All in all, a fine miniature against the Philidor Defense, Hanham Variation (C41 – Philidor, Hanham variation: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nd7.) [Event “Blitz”] [Site “SocialChess”] [Date “2017.06.29”] [White “Chris Torres”] [Black “Miranda36_2001 (1567)”] [Result “1-0”] 1.e4 e5Continue reading “#Chess Game Worth Sharing “