Last week, we looked at the history of the Paulsen Sicilian until the late 1950s.
Around this time, it was accepted that the c2-c4 plan was not terribly dangerous for Black, whose dark-squared bishop was still unimpeded by the pawn. The li... | Leggi tutto
Several years ago I was visiting a friend and he was online looking at live games in a team match event. One game was between a grandmaster (who had the Black pieces) and an international master.
A zillion people were using a zillion chess engin... | Leggi tutto
How many games have been played on Chess.com?
OK, so maybe Dr. Evil asked for 100 billion, but we're getting there.
A billion is a big number. If one game started every second, 24 hours a day, it would take nearly 32 years to get to a billio... | Leggi tutto
The chess world gasped when in game six of this year's world championship match, both Carlsen and Anand missed a simple tactical shot 26...Nxe5! (see #10 in the second part of this series).
Some reporters even rushed to call it "the bi... | Leggi tutto
The double attack is a devastating tactical weapon.
A double attack can come out of nowhere, instantly winning the game in a complex position. Combinations and tactical shots are usually made possible by a certain aspect of the position -- a vul... | Leggi tutto