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Chess Puzzle for January 28th, 2014

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Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

Before we have a look at a new puzzle, let’s take a look at our chess board from last time:

Starting Position

Last time, we asked if this move was a blunder. Solving this is a two-part question. First, you have to find what looks like a great tactical opportunity for White. Tartakower managed that part.

9. Bxb8 At first glance, this is a winning or at least a very strong move. Black recaptures the bishop, and then White …

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Chess Lesson for January 24th – 2014

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Chess Lesson with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

Many view the tremendous depth of chess opening theory as a curse, and while I probably wouldn’t agree I certainly understand the feeling. There’s a major tournament underway in Holland at the moment, and one game finished in a draw after 35 moves, and the player who had the black pieces had prepared the whole game on his chess set at home. He didn’t have to find a single move on the chess board!

Even your humble author had a blitz …

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Chess Puzzle for January 8th – 2014

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Sorry about the month or so of radio silence – the holiday season was a bit crazy and it was all hands on deck getting all the chess sets to their rightful homes and into waiting hands.

We’re back, and we’ll start with Dennis’ Holiday post. A little late perhaps, but not to bad for a chance to reflect and look back.

Chess Puzzle with FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos

The Christmas season is upon us, a time of year when we are reminded that it is more blessed …

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