Saving a Seemingly Hopeless Position

February 29, 2016By IMRosenendgame, puzzle No Comments

This is one of my favorite problems to give students because it tests their creativity and resourcefulness. White to move and draw [expand title=”Hint”]Look for a stalemate![/expand] [expand title=”Solution”] [/expand]   Bonus Question: White’s move. Can black win? This time the black pawn starts on h4 rather than h5. [expand title=”Hint”]Black is winning. Figure out … Read More

How I won material by developing my king to c6

February 27, 2016By IMRosenchess games No Comments

No… I wasn’t goofing around or mentally impaired when I played the following game. Normally, I don’t bring too much attention to blitz games, but this one remains memorable sinceĀ I unleashed one of the most bizarre tactics of my chess career.   Please don’t take this as inspiration to develop your king to the center … Read More

What it’s Like to Meet Magnus Carlsen

February 27, 2016By IMRosenWebster No Comments

Magnus Carlsen made his annual visit to Webster University this past September during the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. For two consecutive days, Magnus visited to play soccer and basketball with the Webster chess team. This was my first time seeing Magnus in person. Prior, I had only seen him in YouTube videos, live-streams, online articles, and … Read More