Troitzky Chess Study: Can White Win?

Here is a pin-n-fork chess study by A Troitzky from 1923. White is exchange down, but the Black King is holed up in the corner. What tactical ideas can you use to help White win?
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Cool Chess Trap: White Plays for Win

Here is a nice position from the game Bernstein vs Kotov, Groningen, 1946. White came up with a very nice forced combination for a win. Can you spot it?

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We’ve worked a lot recently on our Chess King software, and we’re glad to offer FREE GIGAKING UPGRADES for all registered owners of Chess King 2, Chess King 3, and Chess King 4 (all versions)!
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Exciting Chess Blitz Video: Mikhail Kobalia – Alexandra Kosteniuk 0-1

A chess blitz game played on February 14, 2013, in Moscow, at the super strong Aeroflot Open Blitz Tournament. This is the first game of the mini-match between GM Mikhail Kobalia (Elo 2636) and the 12th women’s world chess champion chess queen Alexandra Kosteniuk (Elo 2581). After this game Kosteniuk will have a perfect 7 points after 7 rounds. The middle game is very tense, and Kobalia seems to be ahead with a Rook and 3 pawns for two bishops. With seconds on the clock, Kosteniuk manages to make the bishops spring to life, and wins the game. Read Alexandra’s post about this tournament at ChessQueen.com.

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GM Chess Class Video: Philidor in the R+B vs. R

LEVEL: Very Difficult
CATEGORY: Endgame

The Philidor position is one of the key positions in which the stronger side wins in Rook + Bishop vs. Rook. It’s useful to know about it in case you get that endgame in your tournament practice.

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Geneva Chess Masters Video: A Pretty Combination!

Watch the pretty chess combination played by the 12th women’s world chess champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk against French champion Romain Edouard at the Geneva Chess Masters. The game and combination are presented by Almira Skripchenko using the Chess King Pro Chess Software.

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Easy Chess Study: White to Win

LEVEL: Easy
CATEGORY: Middle Game
From the Book of Stamma, 1737. White plays and wins.

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Smart Chess Middlegame Puzzle: Klinger – Blatny 1-0

LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Middle Game
From the game Klinger – Blatny, 1988, white plays and wins.

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Corus Chess Puzzle: Aronian – Van Wely 1-0

LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Middle Game

A key position from the game Aronian – Van Wely, Corus Wijk aan Zee 2008. White plays and wins.

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Commented Chess Game Video: Alexandra Kosteniuk – Zhu Chen 1-0

One of the best ways to improve your chess is to learn from Grandmasters commenting on their games. Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk – the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion – has put up online hundreds of commented game videos, podcasts, puzzles, etc. all for free! Here is a neat video in which GM Alexandra Kosteniuk comments her first game of the semi-final of the 2005 Golden Blitz Tournament Kosteniuk – Zhu Chen. Don’t miss the beautiful setting of the game!

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Magic-Move Chess Puzzle: Botvinnik vs Khrisogon Kholodkevich 1-0

This is a neat magic move in the game Botvinnik vs Khrisogon Kholodkevich, Moscow, 1927. White to play and win. Can you see the winning move?

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Middlegame Chess Puzzle: Jakob Rosanes vs. Adolf Anderssen 0-1

LEVEL: Easy
CATEGORY: Middle Game
From the game Jakob Rosanes vs. Adolf Anderssen, 1863. Black plays and wins.

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Smart Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

White checkmates in two

Want to confuse your computer with a chess problem? Try this checkmate in two! The video is brought to you via our super database of chess video podcasts at www.chesskillertips.com.
Mate in 2 Chess Problem — presented by guest star GM Almira Skripchenko.
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Blitz Chess Video: Kosteniuk – Gunina World Chess Blitz

Two strong Grandmasters, two Russian champions, two blitz specialists, and two friends… – here’s a chess game video to watch for sure. 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk wins this game against Valentina Gunina, at the 2010 Women’s World Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia.

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Cool Chess Endgame: What’s White’s Magic Move?

Here’s a typical endgame position and – as luck would have it – such positions usually occur during time trouble! No? Well, Black’s only defense here seems to be giving checks and preventing a pawn advance. So, what was White’s magic move?

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Chess Candidates 2014 R14: … And Sergey Karjakin is Second

No easy draws in the last round: Guess the game 0-1

World No. 2 Levon Aronian, the pre-tournament favourite, suffered another loss at the hands of Russian Sergey Karjakin in the last round. Viswanathan Anand had already won the tournament in the penultimate round. Karjakin concluded the tournament in second place. Here are the games of Round 14 and you can read a nice report on Chess Blog.
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Anand wins Chess Candidates 2014 with One Round to Spare!

Guess the chess game… and can you say what is the significance of this game?

Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand defied critics, smashed competition and won the Chess Candidates 2014 in Khanty Mansiysk on Saturday with a round to spare. Anand held his ground and went through the toil of holding Russia’s Sergey Karjakin to a draw despite the latter having a better position. Levon Aronian – a point behind Anand – suffered a shock loss to Dmitry Andreikin leaving Anand with a clear tournament victory. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay all the games of Round 13 with Chess King.

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Chess Candidates 2014 R12: No Stopping Anand?

Chess Candidates Round 12: Guess the game? 1-0

Only two rounds to go for the conclusion of the FIDE World Chess Candidates 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. Twelve rounds have been played and former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand took a practical decision to accept a draw. The only decisive game of the day was between Veselin Topalov and Peter Svidler. Levon Aronian is a point behind Anand. Read a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the games with Chess King.

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Chess Candidates 2014 R11: Determined Anand Keeps Lead

No stopping Anand?

The World Chess Candidates 2014 is proving to be a dream run for former World Chess Champion Viswanathan of India. Comfortably drawing with another former World Champion – Vladimir Kramnik of Russia – the Indian seems to have inched closer to a tournament victory and rights to challenge Magnus Carlsen once again in attempts to regain his world title. This is exciting chess history in the making! Though Levon Aronian of Armenia and Peter Svidler of Russia have a theoretical chance of catching up with Anand, the going is going to be tough for them. Mamedyarov and Karjakin are also at 4.5 along with Svidler. Aronian is at 6. Meanwhile, here are all the games of Round 11. You can read a nice report on the round at Chess Blog.
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Chess Candidates 2014 R10: Anand Stays Ahead of the Field

What did Black play and which game is it?

Khanty Mansiysk World Chess Candidates 2014 have one man in complete control — Viswanathan Anand. maintaining his overnight one-point lead, the former world chess champion has just to get through the last four rounds to obtain the rights to a revenge world championship match with Magnus carlsen of Norway! Here are the games of Round 10 which include a horrible blunder by Vladimir Kramnik. You can read a report on the round at Chess Blog.
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