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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Aug 19 2009

Gurevich vs Kazhgaleyev (1996)

You are about to play through a remarkable game. Using very modest tools, Gurevich fashions a masterpiece, based entirely on the excellence of his technique.
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Aug 12 2009

Odessa Rapidplay Final

Quoting and even annotating rapidplay games is becoming increasingly common as the chess public craves entertainment. Rather in the style of 20/20 cricket the best players in the world are embracing 30 min tournaments and playing some highly interesting chess. Witness the coming game from the final of the recently concluded Odessa rapidplay. To reach the final Gelfand defeated Najer, Gashimov and Jovanenko, whereas Svidler got past Karpov, Movsesian and Grischuk. No ordinary field! After two sedate draws, then came Game Three.
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Aug 5 2009

Torre Attack

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 Welcome to this week’s column. I’m currently making a couple of videos for ChessCube on the Torre Attack, so I’d thought I’d share a few of those games with you. The Torre fits in perfectly with the idea of low-maintenance openings, which give a good position without the need to spend too much time studying. This is exactly what the average player needs. One great attraction of the Torre Attack is the speed and efficiency of White’s development. By contrast, it is often difficult for Black to keep pace if he chooses an inflexible defensive formation. Enjoy! Andrew
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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

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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