Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Levon Aronian-Vladimir Kramnik 0-1

Is this the chess game that would eventually take the next World Chess Title to Russia? We don’t know yet as we are in the midst of history writing itself. The Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London is poised at an extremely crucial stage with just two rounds to go. Round 12 was the high point of drama at the event that will give the chess world the next challenger for the World Chess Champion Vishy Anand. Read a full report on the round at Chess Blog and preview this exciting game with Chess King below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R12 Drama: Magnus Carlsen-Vassily Ivanchuk 0-1

Round 12 at the 2013 Fide Chess Candidates 2013 witnessed World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen’s shock defeat (first in several months at that) at the hands of the “very unpredictable” Vassily Ivanchuk. Chucky beat the planet’s highest-rated human in a Taimanov Sicilian game. Carlsen, at the press conference, was very critical of his play. “First of all I think I played absolutely disgracefully, from move one.” Read a full Round 12 report on Chess Blog. Replay this game with Chess King. Read more…

Strong Chess Puzzle: White to Win!

There are times when you can see a forced combination deep enough to finish off a chess game without worrying about material loss and struggling to find a plan. Here’s one such chess position. Don’t miss the forced win for White. Read more…

Good-Friday Chess Puzzle: What’s White’s Best Shot?

Here’s a bounce-back chess puzzle for you on Good Friday. White is a piece down but there’s a win in there. White to play. What’s White’s best move? This position is from the game Dommuls-Skunda, 1977. Read more…

Simple-Checkmate Chess Puzzle: White Wins

Here is a simple position from the game Jansson-Ivarsson, Uppasala, 1973. The Black King has ended up in an unfortunate position blocking himself off from his army. How did White win? Hint: It’s actually a checkmate in three! Read more…

Endgame Chess Puzzle: What’s White’s Best Move?

Here’s a simple endgame position with equal material from the game Makarow-Schechodanow, Moscow, 1979. White has nothing to do – no great planning or long calculations. All White needs is just one simple move to win it all! What’s White’s best move? Read more…

Dream-Move Chess Position: Timman-Polugaevsky 1-0

Here is a dream position from the game Timman-Polugaevsky, Hilversum, 1973. What do you think White should play here? Think for at least five minutes before you jump to a conclusion… unless of course you can see the magic move immediately! Read more…

Magic-Move Chess Position: Trifunovic-Aaron 1-0

One magic move does it all! Spot the killer move that forces Black to resign immediately in this Trifunovic-Aaron game from Beverwijk, 1962. You can see the answer in the Chess King player below that works on all types of gadgets – from Apple to Android devices – on the planet. Have a super chess Sunday studying chess with Chess King. Read more…

Fide Candidates 2013 R6: Teimour Radjabov-Levon Aronian 0-1

There are only two players leading at the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 after six rounds in London: Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian. Carlsen beat Peter Svidler and Levon Aronian beat Teimour Radjabov on Thursday. Friday was a rest day. Both Carlsen and Aronian won with Black, and now are 1.5 points ahead of the rest of the field. Replay the Carlsen game with Chess King in this post. The Radjabov-Aronian game is below. There are nine more rounds to be played and the seventh round resumes on Saturday. For a full report, check this Chess Blog report. Read more…

Fide Candidates 2013 R6: Peter Svidler-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

Six-time Russian champion Peter Svidler pulled the self-destruct switch with a doomed d3-pawn weakness and went down fighting to World No. 1 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in Round 6 at the Fide Chess Candidates in London 2013. Here is the nice game that you can replay with Chess King. A full report on all the games of the round and the tournament is up at Chess Blog. Read more…

Quick-Trick Chess Puzzle: White Draws

It’s one of those oh-what-the-heck chess positions. White is all but bulldozed by Black’s huge material plus. But, can White Draw? Really?! Look for that simple trick move! Read more…

Mid-Week Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

A nice checkmate in two for your Thursday evening chess puzzle. Help White plug all the escape squares for the Black King. White to play and checkmate in two. Read more…

Knight-Support Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

Here’s a sharp position from the game Kweinis-Mikenas, Vilnius, 1978. There’s no need to spend time on a long plan. There’s a quick checkmate-in-two lined up for a White win. Can you see it? Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R4: Magnus Carlsen-Alexander Grischuk 1-0

Round four at the London Chess Candidates 2013 witness just one decisive game: Magnus Carlsen-Alexander Grischuk 1-0 in Round 4. This allowed the World No. 1 to catch up with Levon Aronian in the lead at the tournament. The Russian GM was doing fine with Black and did have an exchange sacrifice plus a ballistic Kingside onslaught planned that should have given him enough chances to stay in the game. However, time trouble and White’s steady hold turned the result in favor of White. Replay the game with Chess King and read a full round report on Chess Blog. Read more…

Middle-Game Chess Puzzle: What’s White’s Best Move?

A chess position on fire: White has managed to blow up Black’s castle and death lurks around the corner. No hints this time. What should White play? Will White win? Put your thinking caps on and solve chess puzzles with Chess King. (The position is from the game Lechtynsky-Kubicek, Prague, 1968. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Boris Gelfand-Magnus Carlsen 0-1

London Chess Candidates 2013 Round 3: Magnus Carlsen gained his first victory at the tournament squeezing out a win from a drawish position against former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand. Thanks to Queenside double passer-pawns, the World No. 1 was able to showcase a delightful endgame for his fans. Check out a full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Vassily Ivanchuk-Levon Aronian 0-1

Levon Aronian notched up his second straight victory at the cost of Vassily Ivanchuk who went down fighting (plus bad luck on the clock) for the second time. This third-round win allowed Aronian to take lead in the Fide Chess Candidates 2013 being held in London. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the very nice game in the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R3: Peter Svidler-Teimour Radjabov 1-0

London Chess Candidates Round 3: Teimour Radjabov’s overnight victory story ran into Peter Svidler’s bulldozer and the Azeri GM suffered a painful defeat in the third round with Black. The King’s Indian game with a gambit twist witnessed that saw the Russian Grandmaster consolidate easily and head for a win piece-up. Read a full round 3 report on Chess Blog. Replay the game in the extended post with Chess King. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R2: Levon Aronian-Boris Gelfand 1-0

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: The second game that proved decisive in the second round was World No. 3 Levon Aronian taking home a win as former World Title Challenger Boris Gelfand blundered away the game. Read a report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 R2: Teimour Radjabov-Vassily Ivanchuk 1-0

Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: Chess fans were delighted when two games ended decisive in the second round after four draws in the first round. Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk lost on time a game that was in effect losing any way. Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov played a well-controlled game and was on the winning side despite giving a chance to Ivanchuk for bouncing back. Full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post. Read more…