Archive for October, 2012

Halloween Chess King Puzzle: Why Draw when You can Win!

Happy Chess Halloween everyone. Here’s a puzzle for White to play and win. Don’t be scared to play for a win, don’t settle for a draw easily. All it takes is some fighting chess! Enjoy solving this puzzle to find the winning idea and check out these Chess Queen™ Halloween photos of 12th World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.
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Cool Chess Study: Checkmate in 3

Here is a cool chess study by Wilhelm Schroder, 1933. White has to play and checkmate in three. How fast can you find the solution?
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Cool Chess Tactic: Trick Your Opponent with his Own Idea!

Chess is great fun if your opponent is tricked into a trap that has actually been created from his own route of thinking! Here is an interesting position from Tarasov-Asadov, Soviet Union, 1978. We can guess what is Black thinking: White will play Qf6+ and we can trade Queens with Qg7 and no problems. In fact, that was what was played. In the position on the left, White played Qf6. However, on Black’s Qg7, White found the trick win. Can you?
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Sutovsky Chess King Hunt: Why Did Smirin Resign?

This very interesting position for a Chess King hunt is taken from the match Emil Sutovsky-Ilia Smirin. The match was in Tel Aviv, 2002. Having got a strong position, White found the magic move that made Black resign immediately. White had a strong attack going. What was White’s magic move and why did Black resign? Check your answer with the super Chess King applet in the extended post.
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Test-Your-Calculation Chess Puzzle: Is there a Checkmate?

How far do you calculate? Here’s a nice position from the game Hertan – R MacDonald. White has managed to get their attack going, but where does it all lead to? Study the position and calculate as far as you can. How can White play? Then, check your answer with the Chess King applet!
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Weekend Chess Puzzle: Find Karpov’s Winning Move!

This is an intermediate-level chess position taken from the game Sangla – Karpov, 1968. Black plays and wins. Learning the chess opening is very important. Losing a whole game just because of an opening error takes away all the fun out of the fight. Train right and train strong with your personal tutor Chess King.
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Attacking Chess Puzzle: Find the Win

A lonesome Chess King with very few defenders around is a clear signal to find a winning attack. Do you play chess like that? Here is such a position from the game Lars Bo Hansen-Adams, Wijk aan Zee, 1995. White has just played 31.Bc3 How did Black win this? Check the answer with Chess King + Houdini in the extended post.
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How is Chess King Pro Different from Chess King?

Here is a cool Chess King Video Software Tutorial by Steve Lopez for everyone wanting to know the difference between Chess King and Chess King Pro. Chess King Pro with Houdini 2 is an affordable and powerful chess software. With Chess King Pro you can play chess, solve puzzles, analyze your games with the strongest engine available and have access to the more than 5 million game GigaKing database. At the moment there is a Coupon Code INTROKING50 that will let you save $50 from the list $149 price of Chess King Pro in the Chess King shop.
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Difficult Chess Study: Learn Exactly How a World Champion Thinks!

Want to learn how a world chess champion thinks? Here is a tough chess study explained in detail by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk. The 12th World Chess Champion explains her entire thinking process to help you learn how a top Grandmaster solves a difficult chess position. How can White play and draw the position on the left?
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Univé Crown Chess: Hikaru Nakamura-Hou Yifan 1-0

The 16th Univé Chess Festival is taking place from October 19-27, 2012, in in Hoogeveen, Holland. The main event is a four-player Crown Group double round robin with Hikaru Nakamura, USA, 2786, Anish Giri, NL, 2730, Sergey Tiviakov, NL, 2659, and women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan, China, 2605. Nakamura is the only one who has won two games in three rounds so far. Here is the nice Nakamura-Yifan game in the Chess King applet.
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f7-Attack Chess Puzzle: Can White win?

Chess is beautiful when you can create a balance between optical illusions, immediate threats, pure calculation and a subtle idea. Here is a position from Krasenkov-Hickl, Jakarta, 1996. Black has just taken the Knight on c3 with the Queen. White can see the immediate threat of Qxf7, but what after the Black King moves to h8? We have nothing really. So, can you think of something else for White to play and win?
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Quick Chess Puzzle: White to Play and Win

A nice chess puzzle to begin the week with. How should White play the position on the left. It appears that White is exchange down and has no breakthrough in Black’s fortress. What should White do? Check your answer with Chess King in the extended post.
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Monday Chess Tutor: Try Reading Your Opponent’s Mind

Black has just played 12. ...Be6. What should White play here?

Successful chess depends a lot on how much you can predict what your opponent is likely to do. Here is an interesting example to study with Chess King tutor tonight. In the position on the left, Black has sacrificed a pawn to open the b-file and most of us would be able to predict that Black is likely to play Qa5. It’s a typical position in the Sicilian. What do you think White should play here? There are no right or wrong answers to this chess position right now. We’re trying to look at an idea.
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Партия Хоу Ифань – Костенюк, 2012

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk beats World Champion Hou YifanPartia Hou Yifan s kommentariami na russkom. Read the rest of this entry »

Pure-Calculation Chess Puzzle: Vasja Pirc vs Robert Byrne

Hard work is priceless and mandatory in chess. No matter how well you have conducted your chess training at home, you won’t win enough if you are not willing to continue the work hard on the board during a tournament chess game. Here is a simple position from Pirc-Byrne, Helsinkin, 1952. Black to play and win – Pure calculation, pure hard work!
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Brilliant Chess Variations – Can You Spot Two?

White to play and win – Find the brilliant combinations. We have a nice chess puzzle of the Intermediate level from our award-winning Chess Killer Tips podcast database. All videos are hosted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk – the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion.
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Fighting Chess Puzzle: What Should White Do?

Chess is about never giving up and finding the best way to use your resources. This position is from Panfilov-Novozhenin. It’s almost all over for White. Should White resign, play for some kind of a draw… or, dream of a win?
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Quick Chess Tactics: Find Checkmates in Two

The Friday checkmate refresher is back with Chess King. How many of these checkmates can you solve? All chess puzzles are White to play and checkmate in two.
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Tal Chess Attack: Learn from the Master

Mikhail Tal was known as the great master of chess attack. Have you seen this position before? It happened in a game between Tal and Tringov in 1964. Black is almost lost, but Tal had to finish things with a devastating attack. How did Tal play this as White? Black has just played 14. …Nd7. Check your answer in the Chess King applet in the extended post. Are you training with Chess King – your most affordable yet the strongest chess trainer on the planet?
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Thursday Chess Puzzle: Find Simple Killer Move

We have a nice game from the Yerevan Chess Olympiad held in 1996. A Bishop is a long-range missile that is priceless as a fianchetto and often when huddled together with a pawn in an open game. Check the position on the left that came up between Peter Leko and Lendwai. White to play and win. See the full game with Chess King.
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