Nov 6 2009

Andrew Martin roundup

The series of Andrew Martin articles on ChessCube has come to an end, but you can still access this fantastic resource. Andrew Martin’s columns (http://www.chesscube.com/articles/category/columns/) provide excellent game analysis. He analyses both recent and classic games, providing chess players with plenty to mull over.

The quizzes from Andrew Martin (http://www.chesscube.com/articles/category/quizzes/) are a great way to test your chess knowledge, with Andrew providing further analysis.

These quizzes and columns should be revisited by every chess player who is keen on improving.


Oct 30 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 4)

A final roundup of the most interesting games from the British Championship.
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Oct 30 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 3)

More from the British Championship…
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Oct 14 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009 (part 2)

More from the British Championship…
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Oct 8 2009

Snapshots from the British Championship 2009

This week and subsequent columns will present exciting and interesting games from the 2009 British Championship taking place in Torquay, Devon, England. This tournament is usually very hard-fought. On with the show!
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Oct 2 2009

Playing blocked positions

The Czech Benoni is very much an acquired taste. If you are happy in blocked central positions, then it may suit you very well. What do you need to play blocked positions correctly?

  1. PATIENCE. I cannot stress this highly enough.
  2. A keen eye for pawn breaks and levers. After all, the position has to become unblocked somehow.
  3. A penchant for maneuvering.
  4. A liking of ideas rather than a dependance on theoretical memory.

All in all an opening which suits English International Master Andrew Ledger very well.
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Sep 22 2009

Breaking the rules

Breaking the basic rules of chess is risky at all times, doubly so against very strong players. You wouldn’t believe the coming game from the Greek Team Championships is contested by two Grandmasters. Black fiddles around in the opening wasting time and is brutally punished.
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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

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

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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