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The Survival Guide to Queen + Rook ‘Endgames’

Wed, 2013-06-05 20:45 -- IM Max Illingworth

The Survival Guide to Queen + Rook ‘Endgames’

Positions with a queen and rook each (and no other pieces, excepting the kings and pawns) possess very different characteristics to other positions with simplified material.
Let’s start with the following position which illustrates the more dynamic nature of these positions:

Blog Post 27-05-2013 - Old Wine in New Bottles

Wed, 2013-05-29 10:04 -- IM Max Illingworth

Question: What is the oldest opening tabiya (theoretical position) in chess, aside from the initial position?
Answer: If you read last week’s post you will know the answer: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Qe7, which is pretty much forgotten today but remains unrefuted – Black allows White to play d4 and achieve a slight space advantage, but in returns obtains a solid d6/e5 central pawn structure and possibilities for counterplay against White’s centre.

The Rudiments of Chess Understanding

Mon, 2013-04-29 19:55 -- IM Max Illingworth

The Rudiments of Chess Understanding

Often you hear someone make a remark along the lines of ‘That player has a good understanding of chess’ or an excuse for losing like ‘My opponent has no understanding but I missed his cheap trick’. In chess, understanding refers to how well one appreciates the value of pieces, pawns and squares in a given position.

Games Outside the Spotlight

Mon, 2013-04-08 18:22 -- IM Max Illingworth

Blog Post 6-4-2013

Games Outside the Spotlight

With the Candidates tournament having such an exciting finish (for those of you who missed it – Carlsen is Anand’s challenger for the World Championship Match) it’s easy to forget that other tournaments were being played at the same time! So for this blog post I’ve decided to write a ‘Games Column’ of sorts with three lightly annotated games from various open tournaments. You’ll notice I haven’t covered any Doeberl Cup games – that’s because I’ll be going through those next week! ;

The World Champions (Part Four)

Wed, 2013-03-13 21:43 -- IM Max Illingworth

The World Champions (Part Four)

In this blog post I’ll look at two games: firstly a win by Kasparov against Anand and secondly a win by Kramnik with the black pieces against Kasparov, both games being played in 1996. Both games are very exciting with a lot of tension in the middlegame.

(267) Kasparov,Garry (2785) - Anand,Viswanathan (2735) [B14]
It (cat.17) Amsterdam (Netherlands) (3), 1996
[Illingworth,Max]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 [The Panov-Botvinnik Attack will almost always lead to an IQP position.]

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