Tips for beginners by Jaan Ehlvest

1.     Tip number one. Today everybody uses computer to study chess. Quickly browsing through databases to look a certain game and with help of a computer programs to evaluate the best move.  It is well known fact in psychology that to improve memorize certain subject it is best if you …

Rapid Chess

Rapid events are common in Baltic states. The idea of rapid chess was introduced into practice years ago in Soviet Estonia. Later European and World Championships were held at the end of 1980-s. The FIDE rapid and blitz Championships were organized few times in recent years.  There is official rating …

Handicap tournament in Pyhajarve

In Pyhajarve at the last weekend of November was held the strongest handicap tournament ever. It was 15th in the row thanks to former Estonian prime minister Mr. Tiit Vahi. The venue was Pyhajarv Spa and I was the lucky winner. I participated years ago and was not successfull. Now …

Ilmar Raud Memorial

The 48th edition of the Ilmar Raud Memorial was held from 30th June to 6th July 2014 at the Viljandi Sports Center in Viljandi, a town in southern Estonia. The event was played in memorial of Ilmar Raud, member of the Estonian team that scored bronze at the Chess Olympiad …

American journey part three

Marshall chess club championship The 97th Championship took place in the middle of December over two weekends and finished just before Christmas. My flight from Vegas was delayed because of harsh weather conditions. Back then I did not realize yet that more obstacles on my travelling are still to come. …