Archive for October, 2013

Sharp Tactic Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

This puzzle should be enough for a five-minute coffee break. White to play and checkmate in two. Stay alert and see how fast you can spot the winning tactic.
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Twice Over Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

A very simple chess puzzle. White checkmates in two in two ways. Can you see both?

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Intermediate-Level Chess Study: White Wins

LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Study
A 1926 Chess Study by Rinck, white plays and wins.
This chess puzzle comes to you from our award-winning www.chesskillertips.com database of chess video podcasts – Your great FREE resource for chess training with World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.
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Two Rooks vs One Chess Study: White wins

Glance at the situation on the chess board in this position and your first reaction is bound to be ‘Quite a mess!’ This complex situation is a fascinating chess study by Wotawa, 1948. White plays and wins. Can you say how?
LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Study
The video podcast is hosted by 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia.
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Middlegame Chess Video Podcast: 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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Fighting Chess Game of the Week: Simen Agdestein – B Adhiban 1-0 at Oslo Chess International 2013

a dead draw but…

Here’s fighting chess game of the week from the Oslo Chess International 2013 – renamed the Håvard Vederhus’ memorial. Read the tournament preview report on Chess Blog. Here is an exciting game from the GM Group where fortunes swing both waves and, in the end, tenacious chess wins. Can you count how many sacrifices took place and how many times fortunes swung different ways? Replay the game with Chess King – your partner in affordable, strong chess learning in the comfort of your home.
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Video Chess Analysis: How to Destroy the Caro Kann (Kosteniuk – Swaminathan 1-0)

12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk shows her very aggressive chess game against Swaminathan Soumya from the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads. This game allowed the Russian team to win their match against India 3-1. The Russian women went on to win Gold at the 2012 Chess Olympiads. Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk also won bronze on her board. The video was recorded thanks to the software Chess King. Read the full Istanbul Chess Olympiad 2012 post.
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Thursday Chess Video Class: Easiest Way to Checkmate with Knight+Bishop

LEVEL: Difficult
CATEGORY: Endgame
It’s necessary for you to know how to mate with Bishop and Knight versus King, since that endgame will likely show up in your tournament practice. Your host is 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.
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Intermediate Chess Study by Kraemer: Should White Resign?

LEVEL: Intermediate
CATEGORY: Study
Should White resign or play on? 1922 Study by Kraemer.
Check the video for an explanation by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk – the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion.

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Paris Chess Grand Prix 2013 Round 8 Games: Hikaru Nakamura in Lead

Hikaru Nakamura scored his second consecutive victory to go in sole lead after eight rounds in the final event of the Chess Grand Prix series 2012/13 in Paris at the Chapelle de la Villedieu on Monday. Nakamura won on time has Ivanchuk self-destructed. Fabiano Caruana won a nice positional game against overnight leader Boris Gelfand. Alexander Grischuk, who is also looking to win the event in order to qualify for the Candidates Tournament, duly outplayed the out-of-form Anish Giri. The game started with English opening and the queens were exchanged as early as on move 9. At the same time black got doubled f-pawns. It turned out that poor structure led black into defeat. Ruslan Ponomariov and Etienne Bacrot played a long theoretical line in the Benoni Fianchetto where black sacrifices a pawn and offers queens’ exchange like in the Benko Gambit. A couple of imprecise moves by white were all that Bacrot needed to assume the advantage. He went on to win the game. Replay the games with Chess King:

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