Nov 6 2009

Andrew Martin roundup

The series of Andrew Martin articles on ChessCube has come to an end, but you can still access this fantastic resource. Andrew Martin’s columns (http://www.chesscube.com/articles/category/columns/) provide excellent game analysis. He analyses both recent and classic games, providing chess players with plenty to mull over.

The quizzes from Andrew Martin (http://www.chesscube.com/articles/category/quizzes/) are a great way to test your chess knowledge, with Andrew providing further analysis.

These quizzes and columns should be revisited by every chess player who is keen on improving.


Oct 30 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 4)

A final roundup of the most interesting games from the British Championship.
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Oct 30 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 3)

More from the British Championship…
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Oct 15 2009

Quiz: An instructive endgame

Can White, to play, actually save this game? If so, how?

Quiz

Quiz


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Oct 14 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 2)

More from the British Championship…
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Oct 8 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009

This week and subsequent columns will present exciting and interesting games from the 2009 British Championship taking place in Torquay, Devon, England. This tournament is usually very hard-fought. On with the show!
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Oct 2 2009

Quiz: Rook ending

We all know the Philidor and Lucena positions, but this is also an important situation. Does Black to play draw after 1…Ke8?

Rook ending

Rook ending


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Oct 2 2009

Playing blocked positions

The Czech Benoni is very much an acquired taste. If you are happy in blocked central positions, then it may suit you very well. What do you need to play blocked positions correctly?

  1. PATIENCE. I cannot stress this highly enough.
  2. A keen eye for pawn breaks and levers. After all, the position has to become unblocked somehow.
  3. A penchant for maneuvering.
  4. A liking of ideas rather than a dependance on theoretical memory.

All in all an opening which suits English International Master Andrew Ledger very well.
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Sep 23 2009

Quiz: Arestov, Shakhmaty Vestnik (1993)

From a study by P. Arestov, Shakhmaty Vestnik 1993. White seems on the verge of defeat, yet White plays and draws.

Arestov (1993)

Arestov (1993)


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Sep 22 2009

Breaking the rules

Breaking the basic rules of chess is risky at all times, doubly so against very strong players. You wouldn’t believe the coming game from the Greek Team Championships is contested by two Grandmasters. Black fiddles around in the opening wasting time and is brutally punished.
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