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Combination Turnaround

I am enjoying investigating this new book, which has just been published by Russian Chess House. Don’t be put off by the unfamiliar writing on the cover; the text inside is given in English too. The unusual aspect about most of the exercises in this book is that...

British Chess Championships 2019

The 2019 British Chess Championships are happening right now! The venue is the Riviera International Centre in Torquay and the event will run until 4 August. There are lots of sections, as can be seen by clicking here. One good way to improve at chess is to watch the...

Game Changer: Pawn Sacrifices and Open Lines

Today we conclude our coverage of this very important new book, which is enabling chess players of all ages and abilities to drastically reassess the way in which they play chess. AlphaZero, developed by DeepMind at Google HQ in London, taught itself how to play chess...

Game Changer: Pawn Sacrifices and Knight Manoeuvres

We now reach our penultimate blog on Game Changer (previous features can be found via the blog’s main page). There are so many fascinating ideas in this book that it is impossible to do more than merely scratch the surface on this blog. Instructive snippets are...

Game Changer: Alpha Zero on the Attack

Last time in our investigation of this fascinating new book, we saw Alpha Zero squeeze the ‘life’ out of Stockfish 8. This time we will see an example of a much more direct attack, with the two bishops proving to be an especially strong team. Stockfish 8...