Checkmate Chess Puzzle: What’s White’s Winning Line?

A simple position with the striking feature that the Black King is truly cornered. What’s White’s forced winning line? Read more…

Idea Chess Puzzle: Turov-Felgaer 1-0

This position is taken from the game Turov-Felgaer, Linares, 2001. Black has just played 27….Rhe8. Yes, Black is going to win the e pawn, but does White have a winning idea? Don’t look for specific chess moves just yet. Think about White’s best resources and what could win the game for White. Replay the game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 3: Ushenina-Stefanova 1-0

Anna Ushenina drew first blood on Thursday by winning the third game of the final match of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. She beat Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. Ushenina now leads the match. This is a best-of-four match. If the score after four games is 2-2, the players continue on tie-break to decide the Women’s World Chess Champion 2012. Read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Super-Easy Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

Solve this super-easy chess puzzle for a checkmate in two. White wins. What is the weak feature in Black’s position? That should give you a hint! Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 2: Stefanova-Ushenina 1/2-1/2

The final match is being played at the Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 between Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria. The first game had its excitement and the second was a theoretical discussion. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game in the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Women’s World Chess Championship Final Match Game 1: Ushenina-Stefanova 1/2-1/2

The first game at the final of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk turned from a could-be boring game to an exciting-save by Anna Ushenina as White against Antoaneta Stefanova. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Close-the-Door Chess Puzzle: Play Like Chess Queen™ Kosteniuk

A chess puzzle from the award-winning ChessKillerTips database of podcasts hosted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk: This puzzle is LEVEL: Easy, CATEGORY: Middle Game Black plays and wins. From the game Romieux – Kosteniuk, Paris 2008. Read more…

Magic Chess Move: What’s White’s Easiest Win?

White has lost the Queen and things seem hopeless if the Black forces are allowed to regroup and attack. However, White found a magic move to decide the game immediately. What was it? Read more…

Quick Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

You have five minutes to solve this chess puzzle: White to play and checkmate in two. Is it possible? Read more…

Fighting Chess Girls Play: Ushenina vs Wenjun at Khanty Mansiysk Women’s World Chess 2012

The Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 semi-final second tiebreak between Anna Ushenina of Ukraine and Ju Wenjun of China was an absolute sitter. Wenjun was winning, but goofed up in time trouble. Ushenina held on and got Wenjun into a zugzwang that witnessed the latter struggling with a Bishop against Black’s Rook in a pawn logjam. Ushenina pulled off a miraculous draw that was enough for her to advance to the final. Read the full report on Chess Blog. Just how cruel chess can be, and just how cruel it can be to watch… Replay the game with the super Chess King applet. Read more…

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 2: Morozevich-Caruana 1-0

The Taskhent Chess Grand Prix witnessed one decisive game in the second round with Alexander Morozevich beating the very strong Fabiano Caruana. Morozevich was back to his enchanting form with a non-mainline Berlin and now leads the Grand Prix with a perfect score. The second stage of the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place from November 21 to December 5 in the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Replay the nice game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Strong-Move Chess Puzzle: Seirawan-Lobron 0-1

Here is a nice position from the game Yasser Seirawan-Eric Lobron, Amsterdam, 1983. White has just played 22.Rxa7 threatening Ra8. What is Black’s strongest move to win the game? Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Semi-Finals: Stefanova-Dronavalli 1-0

The Khanty Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 witnessed an exciting game between former Women’s World Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria and Harika Dronavalli of India. Great tactics that were carried home with a solid finish saw the Bulgarian get ahead in the first game of the semi-finals. But, the second game would be played on Saturday with Harika on the White side. Replay the exciting game with Chess King and read the full report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Semi-Finals: Ushenina lets Wenjun Escape with Draw

The Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship is now in the semi-final stage. The four semi-finalists played the first game of the round on Friday. Anna Ushenina let Ju Wenjun escape with a draw. Check out the full report on Chess Blog and run the game through the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 1: Dominguez-Karjakin 0-1

Sergey Karjakin has begun the Tashkent Chess Grand Prix with a solid win over Dominguez Leinier Perez. The second stage of the 2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix Series is taking place from November 21 to December 5 in the Gallery of Fine Art in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The tournament has a prize fund of 240,000 Euros. Find a full report on Chess Blog. Check out the impressive Karjakin game in the Chess King applet. Read more…

Tashkent Chess Grand Prix Round 1: Morozevich-Kamsky 1-0

The Tashkent Chess Grand Prix has begun with Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Morozevich drawing first blood. Morozevich beat Gata Kamsky thanks to a blunder in the last minutes of the game. Check out the game in the Chess King applet and read the round reports on Chess Blog. Watch out for the painful blunder 34. …Rg6. Read more…

Magic Chess Move: Torres-Alekhine 0-1

This position is from the game Torres-Alekhine played in Sevilla, Spain, in 1922. White has just played 28.Nxd4. Can you spot Black’s magic move for a win? Check your answer with the Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Tricky Chess: Can Checkmate in One be Difficult?

Here is one of the most popular chess podcasts from the award-winning Chesskillertips database. Whoever thought that even checkmate in one could be difficult even though you had been playing chess for a while! Check out this neat chess study. You can watch the chess podcast video hosted by guest star GM Almira Skripchenko. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter Finals: Antoaneta Stefanova-Marie Sebag 1-0

Bulgarian Antoaneta Stefanova – former women’s world chess champion – was up against the wall in a must-win situation against Marie Sebag of France on Wednesday to stay in the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk. Sebag had won the first game of the quarter finals of the championship on Tuesday. Stefanova pulled up her socks and went for the win as Sebag stumbled. The match now goes into tiebreak to be played on Thursday. Play the nice game in the Chess King applet in the extended post and read a report on Chess Blog. White’s position on the left with the unstoppable a-pawn rolling down eventually brought home a victory. Read more…

Khanty-Mansiysk Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 Quarter-Finals: Harika Dronavalli Saves Absolutely Lost Game Against Zhao Xue!

Huge material advantage of the Chinese Zhao Xue went down in a single moment of greed in the quarter finals of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty Mansiysk on Wednesday as Harika Dronavalli saved a totally lost endgame! The match now goes into tiebreak with the duo having already drawn their first game. You can read the full report on Chess Blog. In the position on the left, Black has just played 65. …e4 attacking the White Knight on f3. Harika plays the daring 66.Qd8. What happens now if Black takes the Knight? Replay the fantastic chess game in the Chess King applet. Read more…