Sep 18 2009

Quiz: Gurgenidze, Ceskoslovensky (1973)

White to play and win. Be prepared to work a little longer and harder on this difficult study.

Gurgenidze Ceskoslovensky (1973)

Gurgenidze Ceskoslovensky (1973)


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Sep 18 2009

Quiz: Lobron vs Blatny (1996)

Does 1.b6 win for White?

Lobron vs Blatny (1996)

Lobron vs Blatny (1996)


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Sep 18 2009

Dortmund 2009: Kramnik vs Naiditsch

This is the last-round win that ensured Vladimir Kramnik’s victory in Dortmund. Such exciting games lay waste to the thought that Kramnik is a dry, technical player.
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Sep 10 2009

Quiz: Brkic vs Zelcic (2000)

Rather a difficult King and Pawn endgame (Black to move). What’s going on?

Brkic vs Zelcic (2000)

Brkic vs Zelcic (2000)


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Sep 10 2009

Quiz: De Vreught vs Nijboer (1990)

White’s pieces are massed on the Kingside. How does he force a decisive breakthrough?

De Vreught vs Nijboer (1990)

De Vreught vs Nijboer (1990)


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Sep 10 2009

A completely original opening idea…

Sometimes a completely original opening idea comes along which is too good to miss. The King’s Indian Attack is a frequent visitor on the club player’s chessboard. Beyond, a few Grandmasters carry the banner, but they tend to use Nf3 and g3 when they want to keep the draw in hand or beat up a weaker opponent without taking too many risks. So we need something with Black. I thought I knew a lot about this opening, but my attention was recently drawn by GM Nigel Davies to an idea of the Finnish Grandmaster Heikki Westerinen which is odd and very effective.
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Sep 3 2009

Quiz: Study by Reti

A knife-edged endgame, based on a study by Reti. White to move – what should the result be?

Study by Reti

Study by Reti


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Sep 3 2009

English National Schools Final

The UK national schools competition has just concluded, with a victory for Wellington College. Quite a few prominent schools in England now have chess scholarships whereby excellent young players are offered huge reductions in fees if they will come and play chess for the school. Wellington College now has four seasoned International players on its books and looks set to become even stronger next year.

Chess is still perceived as an intellectual game, so one presumes good performances on the chessboard reflect well on the educational status of the school. Hm, I wonder whether GM Sosonko’s assessment of chess as a game ‘for hooligans’ should be repeated to the headmasters of these schools?

Therefore something a little unusual for you this week; a couple of games from these finals. The quality of the play is quite high and always of interest.
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Aug 27 2009

Quiz: Leko vs Anand (2001)

Black may have more than one good move here, but Anand’s next forced Leko’s resignation. What did he play?

Leko vs Anand (2001)

Leko vs Anand (2001)


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Aug 27 2009

Romanishin’s gambit

In this game we feature an interesting gambit which has been pioneered by GM Oleg Romanishin.
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