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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Carlsen’s Attack in Closed Sicilian

Carlsen – Wojtaszek, 2014
image White to move
Solution in the Video, Ebook, or Viewer below

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Best Combinations - November 2014 (Monthly Chess Tactics Book 11)

November edition of the Monthly Tactics series is out with over 50 puzzles for you to solve, added to my collection in the Amazon ebook store.

 

The main event of November 2014 was the World Championship Match in Sochi between Carlsen and Anand, where Carlsen retained his title.

Other major events were the Petrosian Memorial in Moscow with the world's strongest grandmasters participating (won by Grischuk), and the Tal memorial - a blitz tournament held as a side event in Sochi between many super grandmasters, this year's replacement for the annual Tal Memorial in Moscow (won by Mamedyarov).

December edition will cover the Russian Championships and other major events for the last month of the year.

Carlsen – Anand, game 6

diagram Black to move.

The book contains the solution, but if you follow the chess news elsewhere, you probably already know what move Anand missed.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dominguez’s Sicilian Attack at Tromso

Dominguez–Mamedyarov, 2014
image White to move
Solution in the Video, Ebook, or viewer below.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Solve over 50 Best Combinations from Chess Tournaments Played in October

October edition of the Monthly Tactics series is out with over 50 puzzles for you to solve, available in Amazon ebook store.

The major tournaments of October 2014 were the two FIDE Grand Prix tournaments, in Baku and Tashkent. The former was won by Caruana and Gelfand, while in the latter Andreikin took the first place. Lu Shanglei and Aleksandra Goryachkina won the titles in the World Juniors championships in India. Giri-Shirov friendly match was another highlight, and two combinations from the match are featured here. The November edition will cover the World Championship Match in Sochi between Carlsen and Anand, as well as the Petrosian Memorial in Moscow with the world's strongest grandmasters participating.

cover

About the series: “Monthly Chess Tactics” will allow you to

  • Catch up on latest major chess news
  • Follow 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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Grischuk’s Brilliant Win from the Chess Olympiad

Grischuk – Fillipov, 2014
image White to move

Solution in the Video or Ebook, or below.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chess World Championship Preview - Deja Vu - Combinations by Anand and Carlsen

The second match between Anand and Carlsen is approaching, and it was almost exactly a year ago that I wrote this post below. If you are wondering why these two players are still the best in the world, studying their combinations may give the answers!

 Chess World Championship Preview - Combinations by Anand and Carlsen:
The World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand has been anticipated throughout the chess world since Carlsen qualified from the London Candidates tournament, and there has been no shortage of forecasts. Rather than try to predict the winner, I released a new ebook that gives a preview of the match by showing the best combinations of each player - collected throughout their entire careers. You get a chance to play like the current world champion, or like the future one, if the title changes hands in the 2013 match.
Over 130 annotated test positions will help you better appreciate the enormous tactical strength of both players, while also serving as a tribute to the careers of both players.
You can get the book from Amazon here: World Championship Preview - Combinations by Anand and Carlsen 
image.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ChessBase - One File Format to Rule them All

As of Chessbase 11 and 12, Chessbase offers to put database files into one file with *.cbone extension. That seems very convenient compared to cbv files that cannot be viewed or modified without unpacking, and sure beats dozens of random extension (cbh, cbg, etc) files that were getting created/deleted behind the scenes in the old paradigm. For emailing games around, or backing up databases, cbone seems great. But I don't want to convert my databases unless I know that the new format is reliable. I will  experiment with cbone in the next while and see how this goes.
So far a couple of issues I can think of are:
  • I noticed that read-only cbone files cause errors, even when opened up for viewing
  • It is obvious that any older program such as Chessbase Light would not able to read cbone file format
Has anyone else noticed other problems?

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