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Tips and Advice for Players – 2019

Tips and Advice for players Last year I posted some advice for players playing their first Gigafinal (though this advice is still applicable if you have played in one previously). I thought I would update that post and share with the ‘Class of 2019’ as the advice is...

Qxf7 Checkmate

Back in June, we focussed on the four-move checkmate (often called ”Scholar’s Mate”) and said we would return to see how easily it can be prevented. It seems the update will be too late for some, as examples of this early catastrophe are still...

Blunders by the Best (3)

Last time we looked at this position. Saemisch – Capablanca Karlsbad, 1929 Capablanca played 9 …Ba6 here, to start pressuring White’s potentially weak pawns. Saemisch replied with the very strong 10 Qa4!, forking Black’s bishop and knight. The bishop now...

Blunders by the Best (2)

Last time we looked at a position from the Steinitz – Chigorin World Championship match of 1892. Chigorin blundered with 32 Bb4?? and Steinitz now forced a checkmate in two moves with 32 …Rxh2+, which enabled him to win the match 10-8 and retain his title....

Blunders by the Best (1)

Imagine you are playing against one of the world’s greatest players – and you have a chance to win! Would you be able to find the path to victory, despite feeling under pressure? Our next few blogs will feature positions in which players competing at the...