Category Archive: geniusprophecy chess

May 28

ChessBase’s 25th Birthday

ChessBase is an extraordinary piece of database software that is sold on a website of the same name. The software dominates the chess market, particularly at the stronger end. ChessBase recently celebrated its 25th birthday and published a story regarding its origins, which involves a science journalist, an exceptional programmer and a world champion. The …

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May 14

Chess Lessons with Grandmaster Efstratios Grivas

Apologies, I haven’t published articles in a while. I have been busy with some other projects. Efstratios Grivas is an author, highly experienced trainer and a chess grandmaster. He recently presented a highly informative series of articles on the world’s most popular chess website, ChessBase. I am going to summarise his tips as well as …

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Mar 24

Korchnoi’s Birthday and Super-Strong Amber Tournament

Viktor Korchnoi is a marvel of human ingenuity. He is one of those exception-to-the-rule people who is able to maintain an extraordinary level of chess ability despite the apparent limitations of old age. Korchnoi has just turned 80 years old and has a FIDE rating of 2557. Click here to see ChessBase’s tribute article for …

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Feb 21

New Format for Official Homepage

If you’re a regular visitor, you may have noticed that the official homepage for the GeniusProphecy Chess website has changed in format. I believe the new format is more visitor-friendly and makes the articles easier to navigate. It also prevents that annoying occurence where text stretches all the way out to the very edges of …

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Feb 10

Journey into Correspondence Chess

Given I have been inactive in over-the-board (OTB) chess for a while now, I thought I would take up some extra chess apart from my usual online blitz. This extra training comes in the form of correspondence chess, a topic which I have previously written on and given a positive review about. I thought I …

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Jan 31

Houdini tops the list

A couple of months ago, I reported on a new freeware chess engine called Houdini, which overtook Deep Rybka 4 in a major computer chess rating list, the IPON Rating List. It took a couple of weeks for Deep Rybka to edge ahead of Houdini and reclaim the number 1 position. However, with the release …

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Jan 07

New Year’s Eve Game 2

I recommend watching the YouTube video first and then seeing the analysis of the game. If you are reading this post via email, you may not see the YouTube video below, please go to For analysis of this game, see the new DGT Chess Theatre. (Depending on your browser, this second link may be …

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Jan 03

Powerful Online Resources

Here is an overview of some interesting chess websites that I have recently come across. 365Chess is the poor man’s dream. Rather than forking out €150 for ChessBase’s comprehensive Mega Database, 365Chess is free online database with over 3,500,000 games. This makes it the “biggest chess games database online”, according to the website – a …

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Jan 01

New Year’s Eve 2-Game ICC Chess Marathon

Normally I only write about chess on this website. As a special treat, on New Year’s Eve, I played two 3-minute autopairing games on the Internet Chess Club. You can see the games live as I played them below.My first game is against “not-onform”. I recommend watching the YouTube video first and then seeing the …

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Dec 31

Preparation and Intimidating Opponents

The majority of chess players go into a tournament game without any sort of prior preparation. However, when there is adequate time to do so, preparation can be very effective in improving your results. This is especially applicable in round robin tournaments where your opponents are known well in advance. Before the preparation progress begins, …

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