Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Two pawns up in the rook endgame - let's have fun!





The game at Chessgames.com
 
   

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Well, some lacks knowledge about chess...





Chess club for autistic children making the right moves


A chess club for autistic and gifted children in Tasmania is moving ahead in leaps and bounds in its first year, with members tackling their first state-wide tournament.

Link to the article 
The video 


Chess: New York City's Trendiest Game



    
   

Friday, December 27, 2013

Melbourne Chess Club



   

www.melbournechessclub.org 
   
    

Majority of pieces in the attack


Gary Lane writes in his book, Prepare to Attack, that "A simple way to try and correctly evaluate what is going on in a position is to count the pieces that are attacking compared to the number defending. ...such positions tend to favour the one with the majority of pieces."

Here is two positions from the book:


 


 
  


Friday, November 22, 2013

Anand - Carlsen, World Chess Championship 2013, Game 9




Game 9 annotated at ChessVibes and ChessBase News.
   

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Anand - Carlsen, World Chess Championship 2013, Game 6




Game collection after 9...d6
    
      
Comments on some of the moves in game 6:


1.e4
 
Magnus Carlsen hasn't had any problems at all with black in the two previous games where Viswanathan Anand has opened with 1.e4. Anand gives 1.e4 a last (?) chance to succeed before switching to 1.d4 (?).

4.d3
Should give white a bigger hope to succeed than the line 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8.
  
11.Nbd2 
Chess engine Houdini's first choice is 11.Bxe6 fxe6 12.b4 Ba7 13.a4, showing the line 13...h6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.axb5 axb5 16.Na3 Rab8 17.Qe2 Rf8 18.Ra2 d5 19.Rea1 d4 20.c4 Nxb4 21.Rb2 bxc4 22.Nxc4 Nc6 23.Ra6 Bb6 24.Nxb6 cxb6 25.Rbxb6 Rxb6 26.Rxb6.
  

60.Ra4
The losing move. White can still hold a draw with 60.b4. Houdini gives: 60...h3
61.gxh3 Rg6 62.Rc7 f3 63.Re7+ Kd3 64.b5 Rg2+ 65.Kh1 Rb2 66.Kg1 Kxc3

67.b6 Rxb6 68.Kf2 Rf6 69.Re3+ Kd4 70.Rxf3 and we have an equal position.
   
    
    

  
    

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carlsen - Anand, World Chess Championship 2013, Game 5




Game collection after 9.Be3
   
     

           
       

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lecture with Grandmaster Varuzhan Akobian



    
    

Strategic Play

Grandmaster Ronen Har-Zvi presents positions from Jacob Aagaard's
Strategic Play chess book.
  
   
    

    
    

Discover your own personality with help of chess

Becoming successful at chess allows you to discover your own personality.
That's what I want for the kids I teach.


Saudin Robovic
  

More about benefits of chess: "Chess makes me a better designer"

There are many benefits from playing and studying chess. Here is another one:
"For me, chess is a powerful exercise in creative strategy when faced with nearly infinite permutations. As such, chess makes me a better designer." (Billy French)


Link to the rest of the article, How Chess Makes Me A Better Designer, written by Billy French.

See also the
collection Research and Benefits of Chess.
  

Friday, October 25, 2013

Intuitive focus in your chess games

Our basic intuition about what is required in a position can always be improved.
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard has written an article about this.


Link to the article (pdf) published at the website FIDE Trainers' Commission.
  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 / 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6





Game Collections  

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.c3 a6  

7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 Bg4 9.d3 e6 10.Nbd2 Be7  
7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 Bg4 9.h3  
7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 Bg4 9.a4  
7.Ba4 b5 8.Bc2 Bg4 9.d4  
7.Ba4 b5 8.Bb3  

7.Bf1 Bg4 8.h3  
7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d3  
7.Bf1 Bg4 8.d4  
7.Bf1 Bg4 8.Na3  


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.O-O Bd7 5.Re1 Nf6

6.h3  
6.Nc3  
6.b3  
6.Bxc6  
6.d4  
6.Na3  
6.c4  


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6  

4.Bxc6+ bxc6  
4.d4  
4.c3  
4.Nc3  
4.c4  


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6  
    
    

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tiger Hillarp Persson - Jonny Hector, Swedish Chess Championship 2013, Örebro




Game Collections  

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4

3.b4 f6  
3.b4 g6  
3.b4 c5  

3.e3 Nc6  
3.e3 c5  
3.e3 dxe3  

3.g3 Nc6  
3.g3 g6  
3.g3 c5  
  

Pia Cramling - Pontus Carlsson, Swedish Chess Championship 2013, Örebro




Game Collections 

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qb3 [4.Qc2 O-O 5.a3 ; 4.Qc2 c5] c5 [4...Nc6 ; 4...a5] 5.a3 [5.g3] Ba5 [5...Bxc3] 6.g3 [6.e3] O-O [6...Nc6] 7.Bg2 d5 8.O-O Nc6 [8...d4] 9.d3 Bxc3 [9...h6 ; 9...d4] 10.Qxc3 d4 11.Qc2 e5  
    

Fabio Finocchiaro - Nikolai Ninov, ICCF 25th World CC Final




The game annotated by Fabio Finocchiaro  


Game Collections  

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 
6...Ne7  
6...Nf6  
    

Sicilian Najdorf 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3





Game Collections  

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 Be7 10.g4 Nb6 11.O-O-O O-O 12.h4

12...Rc8 13.Kb1  
12...Nc4  
12...Qc7  
12...a5  


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Qd2 Be7 10.g4 h6  

11.O-O-O  
11.h4  

11.Nd5  



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O Nbd7 11.g4 b5  

12.g5 b4  
12.g5 Nh5  
12.Rg1  
12.h4  
12.Qf2  
12.a3  
12.Ne2  
12.Nd5  



1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 O-O 10.O-O-O a5 

11.Bb5  
11.Qe1  
11.a4  
11.Kb1  
11.Qf2  
11.Na4  
11.g4  


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5  

9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Rc8  
9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.O-O-O Be7   
9.Be2 Nbd7  
9.Nd5 Bxd5 
    
      

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Boris Gelfand - Veselin Topalov, FIDE Grand Prix Beijing 2013




Game Collections
 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 O-O 7.e4 Na6 8.Be2 c5 9.d5 e6 10.O-O exd5 11.exd5 Bf5 

12.Bf4 Re8 13.Rad1 Ne4 14.Nb5  
12.Be3  
   

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Outplayed in the Sicilian Najdorf

 


Black to move





Game Collection

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Be3 Be6 10.Qd2 Nbd7 11.a4 Rc8 12.a5 Qc7 13.Rfd1 Rfd8 14.Qe1 h6 
   

Jon Ludvig Hammer - Atle Grønn, Norwegian Chess Championship 2013, Lillehammer





Game Collections
 

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.h3 Bh5
 

6.Bd3  
6.g4 Bg6 7.Qe2 c6 8.h4 h5 9.g5  
6.g4 Bg6 7.Qe2 c6 8.h4 h6  
6.g4 Bg6 7.Qe2 a6  
6.g4 Bg6 7.Qe2 d5  
6.g4 Bg6 7.Qe2 c5   

6.Qe2  
   

Monday, July 1, 2013

Leif Erlend Johannessen - Frode O.O. Urkedal, Norwegian Chess Championship 2013, Lillehammer




Game Collections 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 b6 5.e3 Bb7 6.Bd3 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.cxd5 exd5 9.a3 Bd6 10.b4 Nbd7 11.Qb3 a6

12.Rb1  
12.a4 Qe7 13.Rb1 Rfe8 14.b5 axb5  
12.a4 Qe7 13.Rb1 Rfe8 14.b5 a5  
    

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Grünfeld 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bg5



    
Game Collections
 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bg5
7...c5  
7...0-0   
    

       

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Alina L'Ami - Nigel Short, Spicenet Tanzania Open Chess Championship 2013




Game Collections


1.d4 Nc6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 Nce7 4.e4 Ng6 5.g3 Bc5

1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.f4  
1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 Ne5 3.e4 e6 4.dxe6  


1.d4 Nc6 2.e4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3  
   

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Humpy Koneru - Elina Danielian, FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013, Dilijan




Game collections 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 c6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6
7.g4 h6 8.Rg1


8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 b5  
8...dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd5  

8...e5 9.cxd5  
8...e5 9.h4   
8...e5 9.g5  
   

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hikaru Nakamura - Boris Gelfand, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow




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Viswanathan Anand - Hikaru Nakamura, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow




    

     



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Magnus Carlsen - Viswanathan Anand, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow





    

    



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Fabiano Caruana - Hikaru Nakamura, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow






   



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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow





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Another great victory for Caruana at Tal Memorial 2013: Anand - Caruana 0-1 


Hikaru Nakamura - Sergey Karjakin, Tal Memorial 2013, Moscow



   

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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!