Carlsen achieves triple crown

June 21, 2014

Not only is 23-year old Norwegian Grandmaster the World Champion and the highest ranked player in the world (by a significant margin), but he recently just became the World Rapid Champion and the World Blitz Champion. The traditional World Championship is played in long time controls of “120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 […]

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Chess Scholarships

June 14, 2014

In the recent past, talented young chess players were relegated to only applying for academic scholarships (and others too if, for example, they were also good at sports or music). Nowadays, there are actually many chess scholarships on offer, especially in the US. The most famous one is probably the Samford Scholarship, previously held by Gata […]

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Tracking your improvement

May 24, 2014

As a player, I was often unsure about my technical improvement over timescales of weeks and months. After I first become a rated player, my local (national) rating grew quickly and steadily: 1383 –> 1492 –> 1553 –> 1642 –> 1723 –> 1819 –> 1852. As foreshadowed by the final rating change, the increase in my rating was […]

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Parallels between chess and life

January 20, 2014

I wrote an article earlier last year that I forgot to link. The article was called Chess and Life, and discussed two prominent ways in which chess related to life. The chess book referred to as “one of the most successful… of all time” is American International Master (IM) Jeremy Silman’s How to Reassess your […]

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Magnus Carlsen is the new world champion

November 25, 2013

In the World Chess Championship 2013, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defeated Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand 6.5-3.5 in a best of 12 “challenger vs champion” match. Carlsen becomes the 16th undisputed world chess champion and unifies the world number 1 ranking with the world championship title. Anand was not able to use apply his match strategy […]

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World Chess Championship 2013 Begins

November 9, 2013

The World Chess Championship 2013 has started in Chennai, India. It is a traditional ‘challenger vs champion’ match. The match is between the reigning World Champion, Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (world number 8; FIDE rating 2775; 44 years old), and the challenger, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (world number 1; FIDE rating 2870; 23 years old). […]

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Karpov is back! (and a short discussion of chess style)

October 30, 2013

12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov appears to be back in form, dominating the field in the Cap d’Agde rapid tournament. Karpov has a score of 7/8 in a field that includes French Grandmaster Etienne Bacrot (world number 22) and Ukrainian Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk (world number 19). Of course, the now 62-year-old Karpov is nowhere near […]

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Chess and Arrogance, and Update on Why You Should Play Chess

July 13, 2013

It is my opinion that there is absolutely no guarantee that any level of chess proficiency cures arrogance. There are egotistical people in all areas and, frequently, other measures need to be taken to control such behaviour. One argument that chess helps reduce arrogance is that chess players must be able to ride the ups […]

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Speed chess: Short vs Kasparov, and teaching chess to children

June 13, 2013

I recently wrote an article detailing my thoughts on how chess should be taught to children. I will also embed an entertaining Nigel Short vs Garry Kasparov speech chess game from 1987 (video below). For those not aware of these players, English Grandmaster Nigel Short has been a World Championship challenger and at his peak […]

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May 5, 2011

Welcome to Chess Game Improvement! This is a website that gives information and advice about chess. Chess is respected among enthusiasts for its combination of strategical deepness, tactical beauty and apparent simplicity. I hope to share with you the rich theory and culture that encompasses the ‘royal game’. If you have not learnt the rules yet, […]

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