Chess Tactics: Radjabov — Naiditsch, 2003

Teimour Radjabov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1987. He was at one point the youngest grandmaster in the world, achieving the highest title in chess at the age of 14 years and 14 days (at that time, Bu Xiangzhi was the youngest GM ever, before Sergey Karjakin shattered the record in 2002). Radjabov began playing top

How to Increase Your Chess Rating Fast

You can increase your chess rating quick, fast, and in a hurry. Almost immediately, in some cases. But if you’re a “chess romantic,” this method is not for you. Everyone wants to win more games, but what price are you willing to pay? If you’re 1000+, I have long been convinced that the quickest, surest

Mihail Marin: Great Chess Authors, Part 8

Today I want to discuss a very popular and highly-regarded chess figure who also happens to be the first currently-living author in the series. Serious work for serious people, yes, but more approachable than most Dvoretsky volumes. Mihail Marin Mihail Marin (1965 – ) was born in Bucharest, Romania. A three-time Champion of Romania (1988,

The First Chess Game: Castellvi — Vinoles, 1475

According to the MegaBase, the first chess game Castellvi — Vinoles was played in Valencia, Spain in 1475. By “first chess game,” I mean the first recorded game played under rules similar to those used today. Earlier versions of chess did not have queens and bishops, for example. Being the first chess game, Castellvi —

ChessBase and MegaBase: Essential!

At least, they are essential for advanced players and for coaches. If you’re already familiar with ChessBase and MegaBase and understand their value, feel free to skip this post. Otherwise, you need to keep reading. What is ChessBase? ChessBase GmbH is a chess publishing company founded in 1985 and based in Hamburg, Germany. The company’s flagship

Mainline Chess Openings…Should I Play Them?

What are Mainline Openings? “Mainline chess openings require lots of study time, which I could use to work on other parts of chess. I’ll choose sidelines instead.” It’s a common argument, but a misconception. There’s a difference betwen mainline and cutting-edge. Mainlines are commonly played by grandmasters but can be strategic in nature and not