An unexamined life is not worth living.
Monday, July 28, 2014
27th Leon GM 2014 2014.06.06 1-0 A30
1. Nf3 e6 2. c4 b6 3. g3 Bb7 4. Bg2 c5 5. O-O Nf6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. e4 Qc8 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 a6 11. Nd5 exd5 12. exd5 Ra7 13. Bf4 Kf8 14. Qd3 Nh5 15. Qe2 Bxd5 16. Qxh5 Bxg2 17. Kxg2 h6 18. Qd5 Kg8 19. Nf5 Nc6 20. Re3 Kh7
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Funny Chess Moment with World No. 3 Alexander Grischuk - Video:
Sunday, July 20, 2014
The approach of studying openings deeply and both in terms of specific variation, as well as the skill of playing for subtle positional nuances that are prepared at home was first developed by Botvinnik and today has been taken up to the “machine” level by Kramnik with his razor sharp and deep opening preparation. The similarities are likely not accidental, as Botvinnik was the teacher of Kramnik in the late 1980s, so there is a personal connection.
Has anyone else made similar comparisons between Kramnik and Botvinnik in the past? Are there other chess champions who have been called out as very similar in style?
Here are a couple of games by Botvinnik and Kramnik in the same opening - Slav Exchange:
Monday, July 14, 2014
- Solutions should be computer or human checked for accuracy (if you ever solved an incorrect puzzle, you know where I come from)
- Multiple possible solutions are generally avoided for any given puzzle
- Games need to be new to me (some combinations migrate from one book to another until everyone can recognize them by heart)
- The quality of the games has to be rather good, preferably - played by grandmasters
- In terms of layout or presentation - solutions are easy to look up, ideally - without the risk of seeing solutions to the next positions (whether the puzzle is available online or in a book)
Thursday, July 10, 2014
With so many instructive games played at the world Rapid and Blitz Championship in Dubai, the June “Tactics of the Month” edition is more than double the usual size, and includes over 100 combinations. Here are a couple of examples:
Topalov, V. -- Grischuk, A.
2nd Norway Chess 2014 2014.06.04
Black to move. Solution (in the book preview)
Le Quang Liem -- Bologan, V.
FIDE World Rapid 2014 2014.06.16
White to move. Solution (in the book preview).
Sunday, July 6, 2014
See the solution here.