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Sunday, July 26, 2015

ICC Rating Graph

I only recently learned about this feature available at 

Here is my graph for games played with time controls 15 minutes and slower for the past few months. The feature is fairly limited in options, but fairly useful nonetheless!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Best Tactics of 2015 – 400 combinations from First Quarter of the year

Best Combinations - January, February, March 2015 is now out with over 400 puzzles for you to solve. It is available on Amazon and on Kobo. The Kindle free sample contains over 40 combinations ,so you can first practice those combinations and see if you like the selection.

This publication is a collection of over 400 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place the first quarter of 2015. To see the solution for the combination - go to the next page in your e-reader. The book is the first in the quarterly "Practical Tactics" series, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments.
Practical Chess Tactics will allow you to
* Follow the recent games of top grandmasters
* Improve your game
* Study combinations any time and anywhere
* Enjoy a collection of annotated puzzles that you have not seen in any other tactics books
* Maintain regular practice by solving several puzzles every day
In this new series, all the puzzles have been carefully checked to ensure the correctness and uniqueness of solutions, so the reader can be certain that there is only one winning continuation in each position.
This book is a continuation of the Monthly Chess Tactics series from 2014 that included 12 collection of puzzles:

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Simpe Chess - Open File Tactics against FM

 dwg6 (2145) -  DDT3000 (2148), 5 minute game on LiChess, 2015

Black is dominating the 'd' file; in addition, White has weakened his second rank. How can Black best exploit these trumps?
image Black to move

Solution and entire game are here:

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