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76,132 Studies by Harold van der Heijden – A mind-boggling effort by the author that took him 3 years of hard work (in perfecting this version alone). The database is in PGN-format. Apart from the initial position and the solution (including sub-variations and analysis) these additional information is provided: the name(s) of the composer(s), the GBR-code which is an index code denoting the chess force in the initial position, place and date of the primary source (tourney, journal, magazine) and whether it is a win or a draw study.

This fourth version of Harold van der Heijden’s Endgame Study Database has more than eight thousand extra studies compared to the previous edition from 2005. Besides, the solutions of many studies have been corrected or updated based on reader feedback.

It is by far the most exhaustive collection of endgame studies available.

Regular chess software such as Fritz or ChessBase or even the free Tarrasch or Lucas Chess can be used to play out the positions.

However to find studies in the database by name, year, source, material balance, and numerous other criteria you may need to use SCID (free) or Chessbase (commercial).

John Nunn and Artur Yusupov believe that chess players can benefit a lot from endgame studies by trying to solve them daily. This trains both one’s essential skills in chess such as – calculation ability, planning, visualization and tactical performance in the endgame which also aids in the middle-game.

Dutch endgame study guru, Harold van der Heijden (above) celebrated his 50th birthday with a composing event, and the winner was the following spectacular effort, by the man many regard as the best study composer currently active in the world – John Nunn

This one is the best…
Try to solve this… And post your answers in the comment box!!

pawn grabbing is a bad habit
Pawns in hand.

Pawn grabbing is a bad habit.

Whenever there is a tendency to grab pawns in your chess game think again. And here is the reason as to why.

At its heart, chess is a logical game: if your opponent repeatedly violates opening or middle-game principles (usually to attain a small material plus is not a good reason), he or she will have to face the repercussions in due course.

Usually, a player will neglect his development in favor of material gain like a pawn capture, because he sees no immediate tactical refutation. This stems from the fact that he assumes he will find a way to neutralize his opponent’s development initiative in due course.

Carlsen seems to prefer always taking a pawn, as long as there is no obvious loss – but he is not a normal player like us guys in the fishpond!. He even did it in game 5 vs Anand in November 2014.

But chess can be brutal on such acts of trespass. More so when the Queen is involved since Queen’s pawngrabbing adventures can cost valuable time. If you don’t know what you are doing just don’t do it. A point lost can never be regained. Years of hard work will be at risk if you are a professional player.

Have a look below.

Rozentalis – Minak 
2008

This position arose after some moves in the Sicilian Rossolimo Variation. Black just grabbed a pawn at h4.

I request you to analyze this position and post your ideas, plans and suggestions in the comments area below.
For answer you have to see the video. Your ideas and plans are also welcome.
 


In closing remember that modern chess is not dogmatic; the rules are not written in stone. There are genuine cases when pawn grabbing is tactically justified (the Poisoned Pawn Variation of the Najdorf Defense comes to my mind).

But in the majority of cases it is wrong, and whenever your opponent does engage in such acts punish him or look for ways to do so.

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This game is not the Game of the Century..

This was played in New York, USA.

Bobby Fischer vs Robert Byrne Manhattan Blitz 1971 1-0

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With his last move 55.Re1-d1 (diagram) White had initiated a deflection maneuver to promote his passed h-pawn.
The capture 55…Rxd1 now leads to …

A)… victory for Black
B)… perpetual check

Find the right continuation after black’s 55…Rxd1.. Is it a win for black or a draw?

You can mail the answers to coolchessgm@gmail.com or use the comments form below.. or use the contact form

Hmmm… The tournament has just finished and I scored 6.5/10. I lost my last round game from a dead draw position in time pressure and ultimately lost.

Well, In the penultimate round I was paired with a IM. I was not having any problem when paired against him. I drew that game from a clearly winning position for me.

This is the position where I took draw by perpetual checks. Because, I sacrificed my rook for a good position.

I thought why to take risk by moving any other piece and maybe I would lose. I was having  a lot of respect for my opponent I think…

Anyway highly instructive psychological lesson for me.

When I came home and I started analyzing the game where I missed 29. Nxd6, which was a clear advantage for white nearly +4 evaluation.

Well, It’s a lesson for me.

 

Game against Android Chess program – Mobialia chess ad-version


Black to play. I sacrificed an exchange earlier and after this position I was having some doubts. I hoped I can draw at the least, to save my face.

The engine played at 20 secs per move. It is a very good sparring partner.

I defeated all the previous levels and this made me to sacrifice the exchange with confidence. 

I want all of you to analyze this position. Like how Black can take advantage / initiative.

Below is the game I played. I won the game 🙂

In this post I want to show my game against a 1700+ opponent. It was a good tactical game.
I didn’t perform well in the tournament. Just got 5.5 / 11.
Okay no problem, but I had some satisfaction after a 6 month hiatus.
Coolchessgm vs NN
In this position my opponent played Qg4.

This position arose after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Qg4.
You may be thinking that I am losing a pawn by force. But you may not have noticed that his Queen has moved twice and Queen should not come out when minor pieces are yet to be developed.

I thought here for a moment and played 6. 0-0 !

You can watch the game below and check out how I won the game. 

I request you to analyze the position after 6… Qxe4 and post suggestions in the comments area. 

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76,132 Studies by Harold van der Heijden - A mind-boggling effort by the author that took him 3 years of hard work (in perfecting...