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Planning for Victory (4)

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.”Sun Tzu Here is a common scenario we…

need sure points vienna gambit modern variation edition

Need sure points? Vienna Gambit, Modern Variation Edition

“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement”Bo Bennett (businessman) A good number of players like to prepare opening surprises for their future opponents. We have…

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Fortress

I reached this position (with black, to move) in an online rapid game against a much stronger opponent. Basic endgame theory is so important these days. Everyone should be aware…

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The Great Ones (4)

“You always admire what you really don’t understand”Blaise Pascal GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (11 Feb 1950 – 18 Aug 2021) lives on through the games played using the Sicilian Sveshnikov by players…

g4 or not g4

g4 or not g4

Here’s another in my series of misplayed pawn endings for you. I reached this position in a recent online game. I had the white pieces and it was Black’s move…

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The Olympic Games

“Citius, Altius, Fortius”Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin I don’t know how you feel but for me there is something magic about the Olympics. It is big business these…

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Tales from CYCC 2021 (4)

“He who analyses blitz is stupid”GM Rashid Nezhmetdinov I am going to end the foray into the Canadian Youth Chess Championship 2021 with two games that reinforce what I have…

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Tales from CYCC 2021 (3)

“He who analyses blitz is stupid”GM Rashid Nezhmetdinov A score of 4 out of 5 with two rounds to go normally pairs you against a strong opponent. The game did…

tales from cycc 2021

Tales from CYCC 2021

“He who analyses blitz is stupid”GM Rashid Nezhmetdinov This year’s edition of Canadian Youth Chess Championship (CYCC) took place online at Lichess. The format was unusual and consisted of 7…

three check chess

Three Check Chess

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”Neale Donald Walsch It takes time to convince yourself to try new things. Depending what they are, you might jump at the…