Thursday Chess Tactic: White Wins (Steinitz vs Strauss 1-0)

Get set for your Thursday chess tactics lesson. This chess position is from the game Steinitz vs Strauss, Vienna, 1860. White to play and win. What is the magic move and what are the variations thereafter? Read more…

Midweek Chess Tactics: White Checkmates in Four

Our mid-week chess puzzle comes from the European Chess Championship 2013 with White to play and checkmate in four. The game is Alexey Dreev versus Arman Pashikian. Read more…

Cap d’Agde Chess Rapid 2013: Vassily Ivanchuk – Anatoly Karpov 0-1

Former World chess Champion Anatoly Karpov is dominating the 2013 chess rapid in Cap d’Agde. Here’s how Vassily Ivanchuk falls to Karpov. Check out the game with Chess King – your partner in strong, affordable chess training. Read more…

Sunday Chess Tactic: Magnus Carlsen – P Harikrishna 1-0

Here’s an endgame position from the game Magnus Carlsen – Pentala Harikrishna, Tata Steel Chess, 2013. White’s a pawn up, but better still, has a winning shot. How did White win immediately? (While on the subject, hope you have been following all the updates on the upcoming World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen at Chess Blog.) Read more…

GM Chess Calculation: Find Win for White in Mikhail Tal – Alexander Koblenz 1-0 Riga, 1957

Here is a cool chess position from the game Mikhail Tal – Alexander Koblenz 1-0 Riga, 1957. How can White win this? Read more…

Amazing Chess Study by Korolkov, 1937: White to Play

An amazing 1937 study by Korolkov, with an incredible final mating position. Watch and listen to 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk run you through the solution. Read more…

Euro Chess Club Cup 2013: Peter Svidler – Ioannis Papaioannou 1-0

Here is a great game by the recently-crowned Russian Chess Champion Peter Svidler at the European Club Chess Championships 2013 in Greece. Read more…

Mid-week Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

The mid-week checkmate-in-two chess puzzle is here. White to play. 😉 Planning to suffocate the King? Read more…

Magic Chess Move: Miguel Najdorf vs Carlos Hounie Fleurquin 1-0

Here is a cool position from the game Miguel Najdorf vs Carlos Hounie Fleurquin, Mar del Plata, 1946. How did White win? Read more…

Delightful-Difficult Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Six!

This is delightful chess even though it’s a tad difficult. Brighten up your Sunday with this checkmate-in-six. Actually! But, possible. LEVEL: Difficult CATEGORY: Problem A mate in 6 chess problem delightful in its purity. Composed by Thomas Davidson (horizontal mirror) in Montreal Daily Witness, 1899. Read more…

Chess Middlegame Idea: White to Play and Win

Here is a nice middlegame position from the game Rigo-Sapi, Hungary, 1967. White has a nice winning idea. Can you see it? Read more…

Chess Common Sense: What’s White’s Best Move?

Let’s see, what’s White’s best move? Big Hint: what was Black’s last move? :) Happy chess weekend. Read more…

Take the Initiative Chess Class: Danielian – Kosteniuk 0-1

LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Middle Game From the game Danielian – Kosteniuk, European Team Championships, Crete 2007. Black plays and wins. The answer to this chess study is in the following video podcast hosted by 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Read her blog www.chessqueen.com for the latest adventures of a beautiful and intelligent Grandmaster. Read more…

Fighting Chess Game of the Week: Wang Hao’s King March beats Fabiano Caruana at 7th Kings’ Tournament

In the 9th round of Kings Tournament in Bucharest, the leader Fabiano Caruana unexpectedly lost with the white pieces to Wang Hao. Caruana got a huge advantage versus the Petroff and then started losing only to miss out a draw in time trouble. Here are all the spills, chills, and thrills of the game including Wang Hao’s brave King march! Replay the game with Chess King. Read more…

Very Tough Checkmate-in-three Chess Puzzle

LEVEL: Very Difficult CATEGORY: Problem A tough to solve mate in three chess problem. If you solve it in less than an hour, you’re on your way to becoming a Grandmaster! Composed by Jiri Khokholous, 4th Prize, Cesky Spolek Sachovni, 1895. Read more…

T Gorghiyev Chess Study: White to Play and Win

Let’s begin a chess-full week with this nice chess study by T Gorghiyev, 1929. White to play and win. Remember if Black manages to exchange a piece, he would be able to hold draw. What White needs to do is pick up at least one piece for free and force a win. Can you figure it out? Take your time. Chess requires patience and you will need it today :) Hint: The first move pretty much forces it all!!! Read more…

Indonesia Chess Open 2013: Hoang Thanh Trang – Oliver Barbosa 1-0

Black has just played 12. …Qxd2+ What should White do?

The Indonesia Chess Open 2013 has begun in Jakarta with 38 Grandmasters in a field of just over 100 players. Tough competition is expected right from the start. Here is an interesting game between Hoang Thanh Trang and Oliver Barbosa from Round 4. You can read a report on the event at Chess Blog. Replay the game with the Chess King applet below. Read more…

Cornered King Chess Puzzle: White Plays and Wins

LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Middle Game From the game Klinger – Blatny, 1988, white plays and wins. This special chess puzzle video podcast is brought to you by ChessKillerTips.com. The videos are hosted by 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Read more…

Simple Tactic Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two

This chess position looks tricky, but is not. Use a simple tactic to help White checkmate in two. Read more…

Bilbao Chess Masters: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave – Levon Aronian 0-1

Levon Aronian beat Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in the fourth round to join Michael Adams in the lead at the VI Chess Masters Final on Friday. Maxime launched a Kingside attack and was almost winning after a neat Rook sacrifice. However, Aronian survived and he won the rook vs. four pawns endgame. Read more…