Saturday, July 31, 2010


Videos: Alex Yermolinsky Chess Lecture

Lecture with Grandmaster Alex Yermolinsky:

Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

Video: Garry Kasparov

Link to Google video about Garry Kasparov.

Video: The History of Computer Chess

Link to Google video The History of Computer Chess: An AI Perspective.

Video: Kasparov King's Indian Chess

Link to Google video Kasparov King's Indian Chess.

Dimitrije Bjelica interviewing Bobby Fischer

Interview on
Interview on YouTube Part 1  Part 2



Petrosian - Smyslov, Moscow 1961

The game Petrosian - Smyslov, Moscow 1961.


Friday, July 30, 2010

Mission: Impossible "A Game of Chess"

Mission: Impossible Season 2 Episode 17 "A Game of Chess".


Iceland's Queen of Chess

A nice win by white from the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2000.
Playing white is Iceland's Queen of Chess: Guðfríður Lilja Grétarsdóttir.

Link to her games at 
And here is an interview at Dejan Bojkov Chess Blog.

The Olympiad Game:

Another Video:


Chess on BBC

BBC - How to Win at Chess


Chess Videos: Chess Tips

Endgame study (4)

An endgame study from 1906 by Alexei Troitzky.

White to move and win. 


1.Nd6! a2 2.Nf7+! Kg6! 

2...Kg7 3.c8Q a1Q 4.Qh8+ Kxf7 5.Qxa1.Or:2...Kh5 3.c8Q a1Q 4.Qf5+ Kh4 5.Qf4+ Kh3 (5...Kh5 6.Qg5 mate) 6.Ng5+ Kg2 7.Qf2+ Kh1 8.Qh4+ Kg2 (8...Kg1 9.Nf3+ Kg2 10.Qh2 mate) 9.Qh3+ Kg1 10.Nf3 mate.

3.Ne5+ Kf6

Other black moves makes no difference.  

4.c8Q a1Q 5.Qf8+

And now not 5...Kxe5 6.Qh8+ or 6.Qg7+ followed by 7.Qxa1.

5...Kg5! 6.Qg7+ Kf5

6...Kf4? 7.Qg4+ Kxe5 8.Qg7+ and 9.Qxa1.

6...Kh5? 7.Qg4+ Kh6 8.Nf7 mate. 

7.Qg4+ Kf6 8.Qf4+ Ke6

Or 8...Ke7 9.Qf7+ 

9.Qf7+ Kd6 10.Qd7+ Kc5 11.Qc6+ Kb4

11...Kd4? 12.Nf3 mate.

12.Nd3+ Kb3 13.Qd5+ Kc2

13...Kc3 14.Qe5+

13...Ka3 14.Qa5+
13...Ka4 14.Qc4+ Ka3 (14...Ka5 15.Qb4+ Ka6 16.Nc5+ Ka7 17.Qb7 mate.) 15.Qb4+ Ka2 16.Qa4+ Kb1 17.Qb3+ Qb2 18.Qxb2 mate.

14.Qc4+ Qc3

14...Kb1 15.Qb3+ Qb2 16.Qxb2 mate.

15.Qa2+ Qb2 16.Qxb2 mate.


Kavalek's 12...d5 in Sicilian Najdorf

"Today, I declare my authorship of the move 12...d5 and reclaim my identity back".
Lubomir Kavalek in his article about a line in the Sicilian Najdorf.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Photographer: Salvatore Vuono.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pawn Endgame Exercises

Pawn endgame exercises with Karsten Müller at
Link (pdf document)

Chess Video Channels

Searching chess video channels.

More Chess Puzzles

Endgame: Prokeš maneuver

An endgame article at Wikipedia about Prokeš maneuver.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Endgame study (3)

An endgame study from 1951 by Vladimir Korolkov.

White to move and win.   


1.f7 Ra6+

1...Rf6? 2.Bb2


2.Kb2? Rf6

2...Rxa3+ 3.Kb2 Ra2+

3...Rb3+? 4.Ka2 followed by f8Q+.


4.Kxa2? Be6+ and next Bxf7 with draw.
Also 4.Kc3? Rc2+ 5.Kb4 (5.Kxc2 Bxf5+ and next Kg7 winning the pawn; 5.Kd4?? Rd2+ followed by Rd8) 5...Rb2+ 6.Kc5 Rc2+ 7.Kb6 Rb2+ and black holds draw. If 8.Kc7 then 8...Rb7+ followed by Rxf7.


4...Rc2+? 5.Kd1

5.Kd2 Ra2+ 6.Ke3 Ra3+ 7.Kf4 Ra4+ 8.Kg5

Not 8.Ke5?? Ra5+ and next Rxf5.

8...Rg4+! 9.Kh6!

9.Kxg4? Bxf5+ 10.Kxf5 Kg7 11.Ke6 Kf8 12.Kf6 stalemate.
And on both 9.Kf6 and 9.Kh5 black has 9...Rg8! holding draw.


A better try than 9...Rg6+ 10.Kxg6 Bxf5+ 11.Kf6! followed by f8Q+.

10.Ne7! Be6

10...Rf8 11.Ng6 mate.

11.fxg8Q+! Bxg8 12.Ng6 mate.

Book: My System (Quality Chess Edition)

"Few masters, if any, have loved the game of chess as Nimzowitsch did".

Grandmaster Gideon Ståhlberg about Grandmaster Aron Nimzowitsch. 

My System, edition published by Quality Chess:

"The problem for an English-speaking audience has been that My System was written in German more than eighty years ago. The commonly-used contemporary translations have sounded dated for some time, and were always questionable: the translators frequently toned down many passages, fearing Nimzowitsch’s biting wit would be too controversial. 

This edition uses a brand-new translation that recreates the author’s original intentions. For the first time an English-speaking audience can appreciate the true nature of a famous chess book" (Quality Chess).

Wikipedia about My System:
"My System (German: Mein System) is a book on chess theory written by Aron Nimzowitsch. Originally over a series of five brochures from 1925 to 1927, the book — one of the early works on hypermodernism — introduced many new concepts to followers of the modern school of thought. It is generally considered to be one of the most important chess books of all time".

The book at Amazon

FIDE, Calendar, Results, News, Games and More

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Chess in some newspapers online

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Nutritional Practices of Chess Grandmasters


Chess Engines

Link to Wikipedia article about chess engines.

Play online against Shredder
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Rybka 2.3.2a


Chess Game Databases


The Week in Chess
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Database application:

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Chess World Champions

List of World Chess Champions
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Endgame Links

General advice on the endgame
Checkmate with a Queen and King
Basic Endgames
Queen against Pawn
Watch out!



The Réti endgame study (and other endgames with the same idea)
YouTube video: The Réti endgame study

Another pawn endgame
Prokeš maneuver  
Lasker's Pin  
The Philidor position

The Lucena position


Rook Endings in Theory
Rook, Pawn vs Rook
The Tarrasch rule
Queen vs Pawn
Wrong bishop in the endgame
Opposite-colored bishops endgame
Endgame study by Leonid Kubbel
The importance of studying the endgame

The Saavedra position


Pawnless endgames 
Rook, Bishop vs Rook
Some games: Rook, Bishop vs Rook
The two knights endgame
Endgame study by Henri Rinck

The Lazy Person's Guide to Endgames 
Popov - Grandelius, 2010
Two endgames  
Endgames with pawn walls
Capablanca-Janowsky, 1913
Bacrot - Anand, 2010
Kevitz – Capablanca, 1931
Botvinnik – Fischer, 1962
Pachman - Biyiasas, 1976
Quo vadis 
Wolff – Fishbein, 1988
Barcza - Haag, 1969 
Lesson with GM Nick Pert 
Kiselev - Pantsulaia, 2011
Barcza - Rossolimo, 1969   
Euwe - Yanofsky, 1946   
Anand - Topalov, 2011
Kramnik - Carlsen, 2011
Knight time
Domination Game, Slovakian surprises 
Two endgames of Anatoly Karpov
Kosikov - Besman, 1986
Tal missed a mate
Routes for the king
Endgame tactics
Endgame tactics 2
Carlsen - Gashimov, 2011 

Do not rush, The mighty passed pawns, The eternal hunt 


Training endgames with help of endgame studies 
Endgame Studies, Collection 1         
Karsten Müller (Endgame Corner, ChessCafe)     
Nalimov Tablebases  

Test: Pawn endgame
Test: Rook endgame 

Berge Østenstad - Frode Elsness,

Norway 2009.

White didn't find the best move in the position
The game continued with 30.Rf7+? Kh6 and
ended later with a draw.

Black would have been in big trouble if white had
found the best continuation. 



Opening Links

Chess Openings for Beginners  
Opening Choices 
Ten rules for the opening
Minor Opening Mistakes
Chess opening repertoire
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Middlegame Links

Endgame Studies

Monday, July 19, 2010

Book: 100 Endgames You Must Know

Endgame book by Jesus de la Villa: 
100 Endgames You Must Know: Vital Lessons for Every Chess Player

Review (pdf) by Steve Goldberg  
The book at Amazon  

Book: Modern Ideas in Chess

New edition of the timeless classic chess book Modern Ideas in Chess, by Richard Réti.
Bruce Alberston has converted the older descriptive notation to modern algebraic and added many diagrams to produce a 21st Century Edition.


Review by Arne Moll
The book at Amazon

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Endgame study (2)

An endgame study from 1979 by Mario Matous.

White to move and win. 



White has only draw after 1.Qxf1+? Kh2 (2.Qf2+ Bg2 3.Qh4+ Kg1 4.Qf2+ Kh2 5.Qf4+ Kg1).

Black has the advantage after 1.Qh4+? Nh2.

And don't fall for 1.Kxf1?? La6.


A better try for black than 1...Nh2 2.Bf3+ and 1...Qa6 2.Bf3+! with both more easy winning for white.

2.Bf3 Qg7 3.Qh4+!

Black has draw after 3.Qxf1+ Kh2 4.Qg1+ Kh3 5.Bxg2+ Kh4 6.Qh2+ Kg5.

3...Nh2 4.Qh8!!

Stops black from playing 4...Qb2+. And 4...Qxh8?? 5.Bxg2+ is mate.

4...Qg6 5.Qh7! Qg5 6.Qh6! Qg8

The black Queen is forced to g8, where it soon will be captured by the white queen.

7.Qc1+ Nf1 8.Qxf1+ Kh2 9.Qg1+ Kh3 10.Bxg2+ Kh4 11.Qh2+ Kg5 12.Qg3+ followed by Qxg8 winning the black queen.

Friday, July 16, 2010

How To Annotate Your Own Games?

Link to article How To Annotate Your Own Games? 

Annotated Games Index

Link Annotated Games Index

Chess Puzzles for the Casual Player

Link YouTube videos casualchessplayer.



Review of the book Chess Puzzles for the Casual Player Volume 1.
Look inside the book at Amazon

Opening: Scotch Game

Link to Wikipedia article about the Scotch Game.

Theory and Games
4...Bc5 and 4...Nf6 in the Scotch Game:


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3
(5.Nxc6) 5...Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Bc4 (7.g3 h5 and 7...d5 8.Bg2 dxe4, 8...Bxd4) 7...Ne5 (Or 7...0-0 8.0-0 and 7...b6 8.0-0) 8.Be2 Qg6 9.0-0 d6 (9...Qxe4 10.Nb5 Game Pokorna-Leite, 1996) 10.f3 0-0 11.Kh1

a) 11...Bb6 12.a4   
a1) 12...a6 13.Qb3 Kh8 14.Nd2 Nd7 15.a5 Ba7 16.c4 Re8 17.Nc2 Bc5 18.Qc3 Qf6 19.Qxf6 Nxf6 20.Rfd1 White stands slightly better.

a2) 12...N5c6 13.Na3 Nxd4 (13...f5 Hao-Beliavsky, 2006) 14.cxd4 d5 15.Nb5 c6 16.Nc3 White stands slightly better. Najer-Jakovenko, 2006 

a3) 12...a5 13. Na3 Van der Weide-Hopman, 2006 and 13.Nd2 Nedev-Arngrimsson, 2009 

b) 11...f5 12.Nd2 Bb6 (12...fxe4 13.Qb3+ Qf7 14.Nxe4 Bb6 15.f4 Ng4 16.Bg1 White stands slightly better. Movsesian-Georgiev, 2002) 13.Qb3+ Kh8 14.a4 fxe4 15.fxe4 Bg4 16.Bxg4 Nxg4 17.Bg1 Nc6 Equal position. Amonatov-Geller, 2005 

c) 11...d5        
c1) 12.Nd2 dxe4 (12...Bb6 13.Bf4 Qf6 14.Bg3 c5 15.Nc2 Equal position.
Hector-Sargissian, 2002) 13.fxe4 (13.Nxe4 Nd5 Equal position. Hector-K. Larsen, 2003; 13...Bb6 Milov-David, 2005) 13...Bg4 14.Bf4 Bxe2 15.Qxe2 Bd6 16.Rad1 Rae8 17.Bxe5 (17.Bg3 a6 18.N2b3 b5 Equal position. Rublevsky-Kobalia, 2005) 17...Bxe5 18.Qb5 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Qb6 Equal position. Nedev-Gustafsson, 2006 

c2) 12.f4 Ng4 (12...Qxe4 13.Bg1 Movsesian-Hracek, 2001; 13.b4 Najer-Naiditsch, 2008) 13.Bg1 Movsesian-Eljanov, 2009 

c3) 12.b4 Bb6 13.Nd2 dxe4 14.fxe4 Bg4 15.Bf4 Amonatov-Lenic, 2010 


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6
(5.Nc3) 5...bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 7...Nd5 8.c4 Ba6 (8...Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.Qe4 Ba6 11.b3; 9...a5 10.Bd2) 9.b3 (9.Nd2) 9...g6 (9...Qh4 10.a3; 9...0-0-0 10.g3; 9...g5 10.g3) 10.f4

a) 10...Qb4+ 11.Bd2 Qb6 12.Nc3    
a1) 12...Nxc3 13.Bxc3 Bb4 14.Bxb4 Qxb4+ 15.Qd2 White stands slightly better. 

a2) 12...Bb4 13.Qd3 Bxc3 (13...Nxc3 14.Bxc3 Qa5 15.Bxb4 Qxb4 16.Qd2 White stands slightly better; 14...Bxc3+ 15.Qxc3 c5 16.O-O-O Hector-Olsen, 1999) 14.Bxc3 Nxc3 (14...Nxf4 15.Qd2 Ne6 16.0-0-0 0-0-0 17.Ba5 White has a clear advantage. Vukovic-Blagojevic, 1993) 15.Qxc3 White stands slightly better. 

b) 10...Bg7 11.Qf2   
b1) 11...Nb6 12.Ba3 

b1a) 12...Qe6 13.Nd2 (13.Nc3; 13.c5 Demchenko-Kharchenko, 2008) 13...d6 14.0-0-0 0-0 15.Bd3 c5 16.Rhe1 Rad8 17.f5 gxf5 18.Bxf5 White has a clear advantage. Vorobiov-Obukhov, 1997

b1b) 12...d6 13.Nd2 (13.Nc3 G Jones-T Nixon, 2004) 13...0-0 14.0-0-0 Rfd8 15.Ne4 c5 16.Bd3 dxe5 17.f5 White has a clear advantage. Amonatov-Silivanov, 2004 

b2) 11...Nb4 12.a3 Bxe5 13.fxe5 Qxe5+ 14.Kd1 (14.Qe2 Nc2+ 15.Kd1 Qxe2+ 16.Bxe2 Nxa1 17.Bb2 0-0 18.Bxa1 Rfe8 Unclear position) 14...Qxa1 15.axb4 Qxb1 16.Qe3+ Kd8 17.Qc3 Re8 18.Bd3 Qa2 19.Bb2 Bxc4 20.bxc4 c5 (21...a5 Dworakowska-Trabert, 2001) 21.Kd2 Qa6 22.bxc5 Qb7 23.Qf6+ Kc8 24.c6 Qxc6 (24...dxc6 25.Bc3 Unclear position) 25.Qxc6 dxc6 26.g4 a5 Equal position. 

c) 10...f6 11.exf6 (11.Ba3 Nb4 12.Bb2 Bh6; 11...Qf7 12.Qd2 Nb6)        

c1) 11...Nxf6 12.Bb2 0-0-0 (12...Bg7 13.Nd2 Qxe2+ 14.Bxe2 0-0 15.0-0-0 d5 16.Rhe1 Rad8 17.Bf3 White stands slightly better. Nataf-Daurelle, 2003; 12...Kf7 Goerlinger-Sarink, Correspondence 2002) 13.Nd2 Qf7 (13...d5 14.0-0-0 White has a clear advantage.) 14.0-0-0 Bg7 15.g3 Nd5 (15...Rhe8 16.Qf2 Kb8 17.Bh3 White stands slightly better.) 16.Ne4 Rhe8 17.Qf3 Bxb2+ 18.Kxb2 Qg7+ 19.Kc2 White stands slightly better. 

c2) 11...Qxe2+ 12.Bxe2 Bb4+ 13.Bd2 Bxd2+ 14.Nxd2 Nxf4 15.Rf1 Nxe2 (15...Nxg2+ 16.Kf2 Nf4 17.Bg4 0-0 18.Kg3 Ne6 19.Rae1 Rae8 20.Ne4 Kh8 21.Nc3 White stands slightly better; 17...0-0-0 18.Kg3 Nd3 19.Nf3 White has a clear advantage. Rublevsky-Tseshkovsky, 2003) 16.Kxe2 Kf7 17.Kd3 Rae8 18.Rae1 (18.g4) 18...Rxe1 19. Rxe1 Kxf6 20. Ne4+ Equal position.


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I played my first chess game in December 1977 and was lucky to hold draw. I continued to play chess and joined a chess club in September 1978. I'm still enjoying playing chess. I like to do many other things than playing chess. Long walks, some jogging, cycling, reading books, listen to music, watch movies, writing and much more. Life is fun!