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Posted on July 22nd, 2009

Let’s have a look at the diagram below. White is two pawns ahead, but it is Black’s turn to move. Is he able to get a draw? White’s bishop is a bad bishop. It has the wrong color and will not be able to drive away Black’s king from the promotion square of the rook [...]

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Posted on May 19th, 2009

The following diagram is a nice exercise about a chess position that looks rather easy at first sight. It’s White turn to move. Is this a draw? It’s White’s turn to move, but Black will gain a tempo because of the check by f4+. So at first sight it may look like a draw, but [...]

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Posted on February 27th, 2009

In the game Colle – O’Hanlon, Nice 1930 we have seen one of the most famous examples of the Classical Bishop Sacrifice. In this lesson we will focus on some of the aspects of such a position that will help you to determine whether or not the sacrifice will be sound. I am going to [...]

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Posted on February 1st, 2009

The game between Konstantin Aseev and Vladimir Bagirov played in Leningrad 1989 is one of the games that perfectly illustrates some of the main concepts of the endgame with bishops of opposite colour.

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Posted on January 11th, 2009

The game between Garry Kasparov (2812) and Veselin Topalov (2700) in the fourth round of the 1999 edition of the Hoogovens tournament in Wijk aan Zee is called Kaparov’s Immortal. The most noteworthy move of this game is the rook sacrifice on the 24th move. It is nice to replay the game and try to [...]

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