An unexamined life is not worth living.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
A good example of why one should never ever play with a flag hanging; "trojan horse" (a knight is a 'horse' in russian chess terminology) occurs around 34:00 where I have two bishops, attempt to trap opponent's knight on 'b1', abandon my own pawns on the kingisde, lose them all, and the game. Computer analysis at http://en.lichess.org/3kP5lrXd
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Jiganchine, Roman -- Wu, Howard
BC ch 99th 2014.10.10 1/2-1/2 B67
- This is a positional mistake after which White is struggling to come up with a helpful plan.
- ( 22. c3 would have kept better control over dark squares while keeping options open. )
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Lai, Peter -- Jiganchine, Roman
Langley Open 2012.09.03 1/2-1/2 D27
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. O-O a6 7. a4 Nc6 8. Nc3 Be7 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. Rd1 O-O 11. exd4 Nd5 12. Bd3 Re8 13. Ne5 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Qa5 15. Ne4 Bd7 16. Bg5 Bxg5 17. Nxg5 h6 18. Bh7+ Kf8 19. Nf3 Bc6 20. Be4 Rad8 21. Qe1 Qxe1+ 22. Nxe1 Nb4 23. Bxc6 Nxc6 24. f4 Rd4 25. Rxd4 Nxd4 26. Kf2 Rc8 27. Ra3 Ke7 28. Rc3 Rxc3 29. bxc3 Nb3 30. Nd3 Kd7 31. Ke3 Kc6 32. Ke4 g6 33. Nb2
- 33. ... b5 34. axb5+ Kxb5 was an obvious way of trying to obtain a distant passed pawn in the knight endgame.
- Black has a nearly decisive advantage here because the 'a' pawn is hard for White to deal with.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
This Friday, September 11, 2015, the Chess World Cup begins in Baku, perhaps main chess event of the year. Two years ago, the World Cup in Tromso produced a lot of great games, to review some of them I invite you to checkout the combinations from that tournament that I covered in my ebook "Play Like a Grandmaster - Tactics from Chess World Cup 2013” – it is available on Amazon and on Kobo.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
In this ICC game against a grandmaster Leonid Gofshtein I overlooked stalemate opportunity not once, but twice:
Solution and full game: http://en.lichess.org/L6iS8rD7#65
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Best Combinations of 2015 - Quarterly Chess Tactics – Volume 2 is now out with over 200 puzzles for you to solve. It is available on Amazon and on Kobo. The Kindle free sample contains dozens of combinations, so you can first practice those positions and see if you like the selection. Volume One was out back in July.
This publication is a collection of over 200 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place the second quarter of 2015. To see the solution for the combination - go to the next page in your e-reader. The book is the second in the "Quarterly Chess Tactics" series, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments.
Quarterly Chess Tactics will allow you to
* Follow the recent games of 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
In this new series, all the puzzles have been carefully checked to ensure the correctness and uniqueness of solutions, so you can be certain that there is only one winning continuation in each position. This series is a continuation of the Monthly Chess Tactics series from 2014 that included 12 collection of puzzles:
- Best Combinations - January 2014
- Best Combinations - February 2014
- Best Combinations - March 2014
- Best Combinations - April 2014
- Best Combinations - May 2014
- Best Combinations - June 2014
- Best Combinations – July 2014
- Best Combinations – August 2014
- Best Combinations – September 2014
- Best Combinations – October 2014
- Best Combinations – November 2014
- Best Combinations – December 2014