Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 51st instalment of his ChessBase show “Understanding before Moving”, Herman talks about the black squares. | Photo: Tommy Grooten
After kicking off the event with three straight wins, Alireza Firouzja drew a game for the first time at the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss on Sunday. The youngster nonetheless kept the sole lead, as none of his closest chasers got to score a win — Evgeniy Najer almost managed, but failed to find a killer […]
Halloween is near — and inspired Siegfried Hornecker to search for compositions and studies that are suitable to this time of the year. After all, a good endgame study doesn’t ask “Trick or treat?” but rather offers both. Enjoy!
Halloween is near – and inspired Siegfried Hornecker to search for compositions and studies that are suitable to this time of the year. After all, a good endgame study doesn’t ask “Trick or treat?” but rather offers both. Enjoy!
For the first time in the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss a sole leader has emerged in either section, as Alireza Firouzja is the only player to have kicked off the event with three straight victories. The 18-year-old beat Alexandr Predke with the white pieces on Friday. In the women’s section, nine players are sharing […]
Today’s tactical focus: how to harness the power of devastating queens. Trent uses examples from 1880 and 100 years later. The Playchess training playground is getting more and more difficult, and some problems took us a few minutes to solve. But we were able to reach a rating of over 2050 meanwhile.
Three players are sharing the lead at the open section of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Riga, as Alireza Firouzja, Alexandr Predke and Ivan Saric are the only participants to have won both their games so far. Meanwhile, seven players have a 2/2 score in the women’s section. | Photo: Anna Shtourman
When talking about ancient games you might have an image of a couple of dozen at most, ranging from chess and its precursors, to backgammon, Go, and a few more, but humanity has long had a passion for a good game. This passion has spanned across the globe with thousands of games uncovered, but no […]
Despite the lockdown-related difficulties in Latvia, the Grand Swiss kicked off on Wednesday at the Hanzas Perons Cultural Centre in Riga. The open section saw draws on 7 out of the top 10 boards, with Fabiano Caruana, Alireza Firouzja and Kirill Alekseenko all winning with the white pieces. A larger number of decisive results was […]
Top German player, IM Elisabeth Pähtz, was recently invited to speak at the Digital Demo Day in Germany, in English, where she was asked to discuss the application of quantum computing on chess. She was later interviewed about her life as a chess player with questions on how it compares to Queen’s Gambit, but the […]