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White to move and win.
White to move and win.


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Helmut Schmidt, Chancellor and chess enthusiast 11/24/2015 – He was one of the best-loved leaders of the German government, the hero of the devastating 1962 floods and the 1997 rescue of 86 passengers from a hijacked plane in Mogadishu. Two weeks ago Helmut Schmidt passed, at the age of 96. The countless newspaper tributes to this great leader did not neglect to mention one of his great passions: Helmut Schmidt loved chess. Discuss

Permanent threats 11/24/2015 – Every week ChessBase magazine author and renowned endgame expert Karsten Müller presents a remarkable or particularly instructive endgame in his blog. A click on the diagram opens a larger board. Today on the playchess server, 4 pm: Endgame Magic with Karsten Müller and Sagar Shah! Discuss

ETCC R09: Russia triumphs with double gold 11/24/2015 – In the ninth and final round Russia convincingly won gold in the open section and in the women’s section. The Russian men drew without much trouble 2-2 against Hungary and won the tournament with 15/18, and in the women’s tournament Russia beat Germany to secure gold with 17/18. Here is the final illustrated report. Discuss

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"The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind." Emanuel Lasker

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