Monthly Archives: April 2022

Study of the Month – A short history of endgame study castling I

Castling is a fascinating move. According to Wikipedia, “it originates from the ‘king’s leap’, a two-square king move added to European chess between the 14th and 15th centuries, which took on its present form in the 17th century”. The intricacies of the rules of castling have inspired many studies. Specialized columnist Siegfried Hornecker presents some […]

Taurus and their strategy

Two world champions, Steinitz and Euwe; a chess family, the Cramlings; and plenty of 1.d4 practitioners, Moiseenko, Gaprindashvili, and Miles are born under the zodiac sign of Taurus. Their power lies in their calmness. A proper Taurus acts thoughtfully, prudently, deliberately. They calculate what they do, everything else is considered unreasonable. They may allow their […]

CBM #207: The best of the FIDE Grand Prix, “Special” on Bent Larsen and much more!

The complete FIDE Grand Prix 2022 (Berlin I – Belgrade – Berlin II) with analyses by Esipenko, Giri, Oparin, Predke, Shankland, So, Vidit and Vitiugov. In addition, Rogozenco presents two selected games of the winners, Nakamura and Rapport, in the video – “Trend line put to the test”: Rustam Kasimdzhanov shows new ideas in the […]

London 1883: Prelude to the First World Championship Match (April 26, 1883 – June 23, 1883)

London, with its rich chess tradition, has been the scene of many great tournaments. One of these, the London International Tournament of 1883, happened at an important point in history. It is remembered mainly as the event that led to the first World Chess Championship, which, in turn, formalized the title of World Champion. Johannes […]