Thursday, June 30, 2016

Capablanca defeated by a chess problem

According to a piece of news contained in the Sept. 30th 1954 issue of the italian magazine"Tempo", (what follows is a synopsis) in 1916 Josè Raùl Capablanca  participated in a solving  chess challenge in Philadelphia. The challenge was won by the composer Charles Promislo who solved all 8 problems in 16 minutes. Capalanca was able to solve seven problems in 19 minutes. The attached "White to play and mate in two" problem (by C. F. Kuiper) was the one he could not solve.
Do you want to try and solve it? Of course you cannot use more than 3 or 4 minutes, the same time Capa had at his disposal.....and you cannot use chess engines of course...:-) 
You can find the solution under the diagram.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Remembering FM Bernd Feustel few years ago, I came across a very interesting book in german language "Eroeffnungen abseits aller theorie" (english translation of the title: "Openings - beyond all theory") written by FM Bernd Feustel. 
The book contains many Modern Defence & Hippo annotated games mostly. Feustel was a strong player who had a peak elo rating of 2375 in the year 1981. In the above mentioned link, we learnt that Bernd Feustel passed away in 2012. His games will continue to inspire chess players around the world.
In this perspective we offer two games from his book:

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

A BIG Thank You

We wrote it a few years ago, we want to write it again: a BIG THANK YOU to IM Gerard Welling for being such a great source of chess inspiration for this blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Super GM Richard Rapport plays the Macho Grob!

If people think that IM Basman is the only titled player in the world who can play the Macho Grob in a  tournament is wrong..

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

News about Jens Ove Fries Nielsen

Rev. Tim Sawyer wrote about 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 on his blog with a Fries
Nielsen game. Jens Ove Fries Nielsen reacted with a mail. He also writes that he is considering the possibility to write a book about it. Of course we hope he will do it. You can read all the details:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

GM Gareyev plays 1.h4 & 2.a4 in a tournament game

How many times have you seen this position in a serious tournament game?
 Last year GM Gareyev played it, as white, against a CM. At the following link you can find Gareyev's notes and analysis while here you can replay the whole game: