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FTX CRYPTO CUP PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The FTX Crypto Cup is a high-level online bitcoin chess tournament and holds a record prize pot for an online tournament of $320,000. As you have probably heard, this is one of the strongest lineupsContinue reading “FTX CRYPTO CUP PRELIMINARY ROUNDS”

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 “

Hidden Gems Abound at the 2016 Chess Olympiads

One of my favorite hobbies is treasure hunting for beautifully instructive chess games during the annual Chess Olympiads. With more than 180 countries each sending their best male and female teams to compete in one event, the Chess Olympiads is a veritable mother load of chess gems. For hunting these chess treasures, I follow alongContinue reading “Hidden Gems Abound at the 2016 Chess Olympiads”

Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2014: Game 11 Analysis

Timing is critical whether you are playing in a poker tournament at your kitchen table or in the World Chess Championship match. Often times, chess players wait until they are too far behind to play ambitiously enough to win the game.  In game 11 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match, Viswanathan Anand decidedContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand World Chess Championship 2014: Game 11 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Analysis

After an epic battle of 122 moves in round 7, both contestants returned to the chess board in round 8 looking a little worse for the wear. Carlsen, in a World Championship first, even fell asleep in his chair during the early going of the game. Being a point down in the match, Anand returnedContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 8 Analysis”

Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis

Chess is sometimes a cruel game. I was reminded of this in game 6 of the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanthan Anand. Early on, Anand dug himself into a hole by choosing passive play and dubious plans. There was a glimmer of hope when Magnus Carlsen tossed him aContinue reading “Carlsen vs Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 6 Analysis”

Carlsen vs. Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Analysis

The 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship began today in Sochi, Russia. This is a rematch from last year’s world championship in which Norway’s Magnus Carlsen stole the crown from India’s Viswanathan Anand. Thus far, both players seem much more relaxed in 2014 than they did in their previous encounter. In round one, Carlsen attempted to surpriseContinue reading “Carlsen vs. Anand 2014 World Chess Championship: Game 1 Analysis”

Carlsen vs. Anand 2014: Rematch of Generations

Former World Champion Garry Kasparov has offered his thoughts on the 2014 FIDE World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. Garry Kasparov’s letter is written from his uniquely experienced perspective and hits many of the same points I raised in my own preview for the match.  Last year’s first world championship matchContinue reading “Carlsen vs. Anand 2014: Rematch of Generations”

Why is Fabiano Caruana Dominating the Strongest Chess Tournament Ever?

  Yesterday in chess class, one of my students asked me, “How is it possible for Fabiano Caruana to play chess so well?” I answered her by saying that it is a,”Combination of talent, passion for chess, hard work and experience.” When another child asked me about his experience, I explained that, “It takes learningContinue reading “Why is Fabiano Caruana Dominating the Strongest Chess Tournament Ever?”

An American in Tromso

Sam Shankland is sensational in his Chess Olympiad debut.   After eight rounds against a difficult international field, Grandmaster Sam Shankland of the United States remains undefeated in Tromso, Norway. Those of us from the United States and especially California couldn’t be prouder of our representative at the 41st Chess Olympiad. Below is my personalContinue reading “An American in Tromso”

World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Stops the Bleeding in Round 7

  After two difficult losses in game 5 and game 6, Viswanathan Anand was able to regain his form and create a draw in round 7. To his fans, this was seen as a disappointing result. Anand’s many critics seem unable to comprehend that, “Sometimes, in order to win the war, you must first stopContinue reading “World Chess Championship 2013: Anand Stops the Bleeding in Round 7”