Carslen vs. Anand: Magnus on His Way to the Title?
November 19, 2013 – 16:31 | 10 Comments | Reads: 8760

So far, there was some excitement in Chennai, but you could hardly say that the tournament was satisfactory. It missed what really is the core value of every sport: Victory and defeat. Magnus Carlsen decided it’s …

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Learn from the Grandmasters: GM Carlsen vs. GM Bacrot, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
April 11, 2012 – 17:16 | 5 Comments | Rating: 3.75 | 3,354 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: GM Carlsen vs. GM Bacrot, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

This time, GM Jan Markos discusses the game between world’s number one, Norwegian Magnuss Carlsen and France’s best player, Etienne Bacrot. The game took place in 2010 at the prestigious Nanjing Spring Chess Tournament in China. The …

Play Like Morphy!
March 21, 2012 – 15:09 | 4 Comments | Rating: 4.2 | 2,651 views
Play Like Morphy!

Following diagrams are taken from the games of the last unofficial World’s Chess Champion, Paul Morphy. You may try to solve them and practice your tactical skills. A difficulty of the positions gradually rises; the initial …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Mamedyarov vs. Morozevich, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
March 15, 2012 – 10:18 | No Comment | Rating: 5 | 1,173 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: Mamedyarov vs. Morozevich, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

The video series by Jan Markos continues with another edition (now in Full HD quality), in which he discusses the match between Azerbaijani Mamedyarov and Russian Morozevich. The game took place at the recently played …

Understand The Position 34: “Quick as a Snake Poison.”
March 12, 2012 – 17:32 | One Comment | Rating: 3.25 | 1,200 views
Understand The Position 34: “Quick as a Snake Poison.”

Do you know how the king cobra is called in Thailand? “A single step snake.” If somebody gets bitten by this snake, he has just one step left until the end of his life. The …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Karjakin vs. Topalov, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
March 2, 2012 – 11:40 | No Comment | Rating: 4 | 2,299 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: Karjakin vs. Topalov, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

Another part of our video lesson is dedicated to tactics. Tactics and strategy are two central components of every chess game. This video is focused on explaining the relationship between these two similar, but not …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Carlsen vs. Aronian, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
February 20, 2012 – 11:53 | One Comment | Rating: 4.75 | 3,523 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: Carlsen vs. Aronian, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

The video series explaining the most interesting matches of the present have proven successful. We find that you are very keen on learning from the famous grandmasters, so we would like to continue with producing …

Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)
February 14, 2012 – 15:31 | One Comment | Rating: 4.67 | 1,233 views
Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)

Who likes to defend? It is very annoying to have a bad position. However, to be in a bad position without any hope for a counterplay is almost a physical suffering for a chess player. …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Aronian vs. Caruana, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
February 9, 2012 – 13:13 | 3 Comments | Rating: 5 | 2,336 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: Aronian vs. Caruana, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

This is the introduction to our new video series focused on top world players, recently played top games and new ideas in chess. You will see the exciting game between GM Aronian and GM Caruana …

Psychology: The Secret Weapon of Chess
February 6, 2012 – 18:29 | 2 Comments | Rating: 4.6 | 1,216 views
Psychology: The Secret Weapon of Chess

Imagine a typical after-match conversation with your friend. You speak about how you beat your opponent in one devastating assault, or outplayed him slowly by meticulous manoeuvring. How you used a low-profile, but pretty effective …

Second Time: Let’s mate from Zmatlik
February 6, 2012 – 11:53 | 5 Comments | Rating: 5 | 1,202 views
Second Time: Let’s mate from Zmatlik

Following mating problems are great training examples for advanced players. These problems come from chess book written by Professor Karel Zmatlik.

Understand The Position 29: “The Strength of the Weakests”
January 30, 2012 – 13:39 | 5 Comments | Rating: 4.43 | 1,443 views
Understand The Position 29: “The Strength of the Weakests”

Chess is a revolutionary game. Like it is written in Marx’s documents, also on the board the weakest players occasionally upraise and take the fate of the state (understood as games) into their own hands. …