Jul 30 2009

On the edge in the French

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Nf3!? c5 6.dxc5 A recent theoretical competition at Chess Publishing led me to write the following original article, which it is quite in order to place at ChessCube. Stefan Bucker, the German chess pioneer invited discussion of an old Steinitz line in the French, which I’m guessing he thinks is better than its reputation. I have some misgivings about this whole variation from White’s point of view.
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Jul 27 2009

Quiz: Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue (2009)

King and pawn endgames are very tricky. Can Black to move do anything at all about White’s Kingside pawn majority?

Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue (2009)

Ivanchuk vs Wang Yue (2009)


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Jul 27 2009

Quiz: Seger vs Sadler (2003)

Let’s move on now to a couple of interesting quizzes I have chosen for you. For maximum benefit try to solve them on your own first. Alternatively, just enjoy some excellent chess!

Seger vs Sadler (2003)

Seger vs Sadler (2003)


It’s Black to play. Choose the correct move:
a) 1…Rh6
b) 1…Nd7
c) 1…Nc8
d) 1…f5
e) 1…h5
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Jul 27 2009

The 2009 US Championship: Nakamura vs Friedel

Welcome to this weekly column, where I hope to keep you entertained! We will be concentrating on recent events, compiling quizzes and hope to throw in the occasional book review from time to time. I hope that you will also participate in this column and your questions about any aspect of chess are welcome. Perhaps I can only find space to answer one or two each week, but don’t let that dissuade you. I hope that this pot-pourri of subjects will please you. The US Championship recently finished in St Louis with a victory for Hikaru Nakamura. Here is one of his wins, playing in the original and energetic style that has made him famous.
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