Archive for January 4th, 2013

As we begin a new year there are some very exciting stories on tap including the upcoming Tata Steel Chess Tournament, the Candidates match in March. There are also from very exciting players emerging from a variety of countries. The Chess Drum posted 215 stories in 2012 (including live coverage of 2012 Olympiad) and plans […]

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In a week’s time, Wijk aan Zee will host the its silver 75th edition of the Tatat Chess Chess Tournament. The average rating is 2732 is not quite as strong as last year’s 2754, but nevertheless a strong one indeed. The highest-rated player ever in Magnus Carlsen and world number three Levon Aronian will be […]

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A Saving Grace?? There are a number of endings that look totally hopeless and many times, endings come down to the strength of the pawns. In the following position, the lone white bishop is trying to stop three healthy, connected passed pawns. Ironically, if the black pawns were weaker and scattered apart, black would still […]

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