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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Chess event of decade
ŠK Ružomberok | June 24, 2014 – 13:07 | No Comment | 2,130 views

Chess event of decade

The biggest chess event since 1993 has begun on 22th May in hotel Kultura in the Ruzomberok town square. More than 20 chess grandmasters met in one place. The participation of 80 chess players with titles made the event Mitropa Cup the strongest tournament in its 33rd year history. Read the full story »

Learn from the Grandmasters: GM Markos vs. GM Saltaev, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
Stanislav Pavlovič | April 4, 2012 – 15:34 | One Comment | 854 views
Learn from the Grandmasters: GM Markos vs. GM Saltaev, Commented by Jan Markos (video)

The new video in the Grandmaster Explains has been released.  This time, Jan Markos does something unusual: he publicly contemplates upon his game against GM Mihail Saltaev. The theme of the video is a pawn …

Why Did ChessFriends.com Introduce Paid Membership?
Stanislav Pavlovič | March 27, 2012 – 15:23 | Comments Off | 2,554 views
Why Did ChessFriends.com Introduce Paid Membership?

Over the last five years, ChessFriends.com have been constantly updated, improved and developed. It demanded full-time effort by a team of dedicated individuals, who have chosen to do what they love and provide the results …

Understand The Position 36: “Test”
GM Ján Markoš | March 26, 2012 – 14:18 | 3 Comments | 2,041 views
Understand The Position 36: “Test”

Did you read the series “Understand The Position” carefully? Test yourself! The correct answers are to be found in the previous parts of this series.

Play Like Morphy!
FM Stanislav Vlček | March 21, 2012 – 15:09 | 4 Comments | 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 …

Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”
GM Ján Markoš | March 19, 2012 – 12:17 | One Comment | 1,008 views
Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”

The position of Black on the diagram is similar to a well fortified castle. The rook on e5 is its main bastion. It cannot be driven away neither by pawns, bishop (dark-squared bishops are already …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Mamedyarov vs. Morozevich, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
Marek Holeva | March 15, 2012 – 10:18 | No Comment | 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.”
GM Ján Markoš | March 12, 2012 – 17:32 | One Comment | 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)
Stanislav Pavlovič | March 2, 2012 – 11:40 | No Comment | 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 …

Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”
GM Ján Markoš | February 29, 2012 – 15:46 | No Comment | 1,325 views
Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”

When students in Slovakia finish high school, they are giving their friends graduation announcements. When I recently received such graduation announcement from one of my students, it had the following motto on it: “Always aim …

Understand The Position 32: “When Women Are Alone.” (Tata Steel ’12)
GM Ján Markoš | February 27, 2012 – 11:27 | One Comment | 871 views
Understand The Position 32: “When Women Are Alone.” (Tata Steel ’12)

When they asked Jane Austen, how is it possible that there is no men conversation without a participation of a woman in her books, she replied with sincerity: “The reason is simple. I cannot write …

Learn from the Grandmasters: Carlsen vs. Aronian, Commented by Jan Markos (video)
Stanislav Pavlovič | February 20, 2012 – 11:53 | One Comment | 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 …