US Chess Championship 2012: Kick-Off!
Posted on May 10, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Strategy & Game Review, Tournament Updates

The 2012 US Chess Championship kicked off with a bang yesterday with 5 out of 6 games reflecting a decisive result in the first round. The clear favorite to win the event is US #1 and World #7 rated Hikaru Nakamura, who began with a clean win over rising star Robert Hess. Although Nakamura is only 24 years old, he is already an experienced veteran at the elite levels of chess. In this exciting round […]

Addition by Subtraction: The Clearance Sacrifice
Posted on May 9, 2012 by chessblogger in Strategy & Game Review

What is a clearance sacrifice? One player, in this case white, voluntarily moves a piece into danger when that offending chessman blocks a key rank, file, diagonal, or important square. He simply imagines: a) the advantage that would accrue to him if he seized a particular bit of the chessboard. b) the value of the sacrificed material in comparison with the first calculation. A successful clearance sacrifice almost always requires one of the following factors […]

Kingscrusher vs ChessNetwork (Jerry) – Epic Blitz Battle!
Posted on May 8, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Blitz/Bullet Chess, Strategy & Game Review

This video covers an absolutely insane blitz chess battle, featuring two of today’s best YouTube chess personalities: Kingscrusher as white and the ChessNetwork as black. I thoroughly recommend my readers/fans to check out these two awesome YouTube chess channels. This game starts off with Kingscrusher playing e4 and subsequently responding to ChessNetwork’s Sicilian Defense with the Closed Sicilian Attack (notably employing a variation with Nf3 that Boris Spassky used to play in the 1960s and […]

Dynamic Imbalances: Material vs Position
Posted on May 7, 2012 by William in Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles, Strategy & Game Review

Dynamic imbalances are what separates chess from math because equations in chess are always multi-dimensional. In a practical chess game, you must always evaluate a position with respect to material, positional, and temporal considerations. When two players each strive to create maximum tension on the board and refuse to capitulate in any form, imbalances are guaranteed to appear. One player may play aggressively and sacrifice a pawn (material) to gain compensation by seizing the initiative […]

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