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The German Jagdpanzer 38(t) otherwise known as the Hetzer. Picture from The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II: A Comprehensive Guide to Weapons Systems, Including Tanks, Small Arms, Warplanes, Artillery, Ships, and Submarines by Chris Bishop, pg. 47.      In World War II, one particular class of weapon was widely used by both the … Continue reading Tank Destroyer Vehicles

M. Euwe – M. Najdorf Zurich, 1953

            The following game was played in the 1953 Zurich Tournament, a double round robin with 15 of the world’s best players.             Max Euwe was a former world champion from Germany and one of the leading chess theorists at the time.             Miguel Najdorf is best known for being the namesake of a prominent … Continue reading M. Euwe – M. Najdorf Zurich, 1953

Komodo – Stoofvlees Computer Chess Championship, 2021

The following game was played in Chess.com’s Computer Chess Championship recently. I stumbled on to it accidentally and thought an analysis might be worthwhile. Komodo, playing white, has long been established as one of the world’s best engines. It was created in 2007 and was the best engine in the world for some time. “Stoofvlees … Continue reading Komodo – Stoofvlees Computer Chess Championship, 2021

A. Nimzowitsch – O. Wilhelm, Frankfurt 1930

The following game is not as interesting as other games that I have analyzed recently, but it is an instructive game. Nimzowitsch gains a clear space advantage early on, and Wilhelm, seeking a way out, creates two weaknesses: one major and one minor. Over the remaining course of the game, Nimzowitsch exploits these weaknesses before … Continue reading A. Nimzowitsch – O. Wilhelm, Frankfurt 1930

M. Taimanov – M. Najdorf, Zurich 1953

The following game was played at the Zurich International Chess Tournament in 1953 and received the brilliancy prize for that event. It was played between two strong grand masters, Mark Taimanov and Miguel Najdorf, both of whom are best known for their variations in the Sicilian Defense (1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 … Continue reading M. Taimanov – M. Najdorf, Zurich 1953

L. Polugaevsky – R. Nezhmetdinov, Sochi 1958

This is arguably the best game of the twentieth century. Nezhmetidinov, a strong soviet international master known for his attacking chess, does exactly what can be expected of him. He launches a beautiful attack and sacrifices his queen in a shocking manner. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. e4 e5    Just 3. … … Continue reading L. Polugaevsky – R. Nezhmetdinov, Sochi 1958

25 Chess Puzzles

            These puzzles are divided into five categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert, and grandmaster. Five of each type of puzzle is provided, and most are taken from actual games. The solutions are listed immediately after the puzzles.             If a puzzle is listed as a “composition,” it was created specifically for this blog post.             … Continue reading 25 Chess Puzzles

S. Reshevsky – R. Fischer Palma De Majorca, 1970

While not perhaps the most interesting game, the game between Samuel Reshevsky and Bobby Fischer from the 1970 Palma De Majorca Interzonal Tournament is quite instructive. Both Fischer and Reshevsky were strong American grandmasters, although Reshevsky was from an earlier generation. Reshevsky began playing in top level tournaments in the 1920s and had been a … Continue reading S. Reshevsky – R. Fischer Palma De Majorca, 1970

J. Capablanca – A. Chase New York City (Simultaneous), 1922

The following game was played by world champion Jose Raul Capablanca and A. Chase in a forty board simultaneous exhibition in New York City in 1922. Capablanca, as white, plays a strange line of the King’s Gambit. Chase fails to play most accurately and is in a difficult position by move 12. He is able … Continue reading J. Capablanca – A. Chase New York City (Simultaneous), 1922

Luiz Abdalla – Alexei Shirov, 6th Floripa Open, 2020

            This game is not a game between equals, Shirov is a strong grandmaster and Abdalla is a relatively weak master. However, this allows Shirov to play an interesting, sharp game. d4          Nf6c4           e6Nc3        Bb4Qc2        0-0e4           d5e5           Ne4Bd3        c5Nf3        cxd4Nxd4     Nd7Bf4        Qh4g3          Qh3cxd5      exd5f3           Bxc3+bxc3      Nec5Bf5        Qh5Bg4       Qg6Bf5 (Position in Diagram)      17. …          Qa6 Shirov … Continue reading Luiz Abdalla – Alexei Shirov, 6th Floripa Open, 2020