Pretty Chess Combination: Kosteniuk – Edouard 1-0 (Video)

Watch the pretty chess combination played by the 12th women’s world chess champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk against French champion Romain Edouard at the Geneva Chess Masters. The game and combination are presented by Almira Skripchenko using the Chess King 3 Pro Chess Software. Can you see what White played? Read more…

Easy Chess Combination: Paulsen – Morphy 0-1

LEVEL: Easy CATEGORY: Middle Game Taken from a game Paulsen – Morphy, New York 1857. Find Black’s next move. This puzzle is part of a special and free chess tutoring video podcast database by 12th Women’s World Chess Champion Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk: www.chesskillertips.com. Watch the entire series and you are sure to improve your chess rating. Read more…

Winning Two Pawns Down: Anatoly Karpov – Nikolic Predrag 1-0

Being material down can be daunting in chess, but not if you have compensation and know how to use it. In this position, White is two pawns down, but the Black King is exposed and there’s a killer d-pawn on the seventh rank. How did White win? Black has just played 42. … Kg8. Read more…

Sutovsky Chess King Hunt: Why Did Smirin Resign?

This very interesting position for a Chess King hunt is taken from the match Emil Sutovsky-Ilia Smirin. The match was in Tel Aviv, 2002. Having got a strong position, White found the magic move that made Black resign immediately. White had a strong attack going. What was White’s magic move and why did Black resign? Check your answer with the super Chess King applet in the extended post. Read more…

Attacking Chess Puzzle: Find the Win

A lonesome Chess King with very few defenders around is a clear signal to find a winning attack. Do you play chess like that? Here is such a position from the game Lars Bo Hansen-Adams, Wijk aan Zee, 1995. White has just played 31.Bc3 How did Black win this? Check the answer with Chess King + Houdini in the extended post. Read more…

Chess King Easy Puzzle: Should White Resign?

This position is from Graf-Kunte, Calcutta, 1996. Black has gone down the first rank and has a Rook+Queen battery threatening checkmate on h1. It is White to play. Should White resign? Read more…

Memorable Chess King Trivia: Guess the Game!

End position from which great game?

Some chess games become immortal and you replay them again and again not just to learn from them, but to enjoy chess as well. Here is one such cool game between “two very strong chess grandmasters”. (No other hint possible. Can you guess the game? Just replay it first. You can find a hint for the answer here and here. Read more…

Sexy Chess Queen Sac Boys Don’t Play

Actress Cate Blanchett who essayed the role of an ambitious, sexy queen who went to war with an aging rival queen played by Meryl Streep in Merchant Ivory's film 'Chess'. It was one of the many new movies of 2009 based on classic board games. We'd be delighted to receive more info on that from Chess King readers.

This is not just about a sexy chess queen sac that boys don’t make, but also about one of the most delightful chess king hunts in history. It was the year King of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Presley told the world ‘I got a woman’ and US President Dwight D Eisenhower successfully ran for election. The point is can you recall this game? For all of us not even born then, it’s a chess game worth programming into our brains. The next few diagrams show key moments in the game to help you remember the much-analysed encounter. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand beats Gelfand on tiebreak 2.5 – 1.5

The headline says it all. In today’s tiebreak session of the 2012 World Chess Championship, Viswanathan Anand retained his title with a 2.5 to 1.5 victory over challenger Boris Gelfand in the tiebreak “mini match”. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand, Game 12 – you get one guess

Today was supposed to be the final game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand. I say “supposed to be” because after twelve ganes the score stands at 6-6, which means that the match goes to tiebreak on Wednesday. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 11, more of the same

Today’s penultimate game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in yet another draw. Materially at the end Black was a pawn up, which was offset by White’s Bishop pair with pawns on both sides of the board. Even the world’s strongest commercial chess program Houdini 2 Pro finds no way for either player to make headway (see the analysis below). Read more…

Robot Blitz Chess! CHESSka vs. KUKA Monstr – Game One

by Steve Lopez Chess King contributor I’ve been “robot crazy” ever since I first saw Battlebots on TV over a decade ago. It’s still one of my all-time favorite shows, which I view as a sort of “fight club for smart people” competition. I became involved in various virtual robot programming competitions – virtual because my mechanical skills are approximately nil. A variety of online competitions allowed software users to construct virtual robots from a suite of parts, then write a program which allowed the robot to move and fight autonomously, and I was spending long hours pounding the keyboard, smashing keys like a cross between a wild chimpanzee and a mad scientist, writing programs for my virtual monstrosities. It was around this same time that I began to travel to various robotics exhibitions, everything from LEGO Mindstorms to FIRST scholastic competitions. In fact, by the early 2000’s I all but gave up chess for amateur robotics. Yeah, I’m definitely a “robot geek”. So when I heard about the robot chess blitz championship between CHESSka and KUKA Monstr, my tail started a-waggin’. Then I learned that our own Alexandra Kosteniuk’s dad was the creator of CHESSka, and I started bouncing off the walls. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs. Gelfand: Game 10 drawn

Today’s tenth game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between challenger Boris Gelfand and champion Viswanathan Anand ended in a draw after twenty-five moves. After the excitement of Games 7 and 8, even the toughest chess fans weep at today’s result. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand vs Gelfand – Game Nine: a fighting draw!

Today’s ninth game in the 2012 World Chess Championship between champion Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand was a draw — but what a draw! Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Anand pulls even by defeating Gelfand in seventeen moves

Game eight of the 2012 World Chess Championship saw another decisive result, as champion Viswanathan Anand defeated challenger Boris Gelfand to pull even in the match. The score now stands at 4-4. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship – Gelfand wins, pulls ahead of Anand 4-3

It took seven games to make it happen, but there’s finally a decisive result in a game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between champ Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand. In today’s seventh round game, Gelfand (with the White pieces) emerged victorious after thirty-eight moves. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand – at the halfway mark it’s 3-3

The conclusion of today’s [5/18/12] sixth game of the 2012 World Chess Championship between champion Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand marked the halfway point of the twelve game match. And, with the sixth consecutive drawn game, the score now stands tied at 3-3. Read more…

2012 World Chess Championship, Anand vs. Gelfand – Another game, another draw

Today’s fifth round game in the 2012 World Chess Championship between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand ended in a draw. But I’ll give some props to the players for mixing things up a bit. Read more…

2012 Chess World Championship – Anand and Gelfand draw Game 4

In today’s fourth round game of the 2012 World Chess Championship in Moscow, Boris Gelfand and Viswanathan Anand played to thirty-four moves before they called it a day and agreed to a draw. Read more…

2012 Chess World Championship Game 3 – A Fighting Draw

Today’s third game of the 2012 Chess World Championship between defending champ Viswanathan Anand and challenger Boris Gelfand was another draw, but this one was a bit harder-fought than the first two games. Read more…