Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lectures with Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Anna Sharevich




Pavel Ponkratov - Vugar Rasulov, David Bronstein Memorial 2014, Minsk

Game collections
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 Bd6 6.Nf3 O-O 7.g3 Bc7

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lecture with Grandmaster David Smerdon


Vitaliy Bernadskiy - Aleksandr Shimanov, David Bronstein Memorial 2014, Minsk

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Sergei Tiviakov - Jaan Ehlvest, David Bronstein Memorial 2014, Minsk

Game collections 
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 h6 5.O-O d6 6.Re1 g6
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 h6 5.O-O d6 6.Re1 Na5

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 h6 5.O-O d6 6.c3 g6 7.d4 Qe7

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Surprise the Black Chess King

White to move

Discover Weaknesses in Your Opponents Position

What squares are no longer enough defended?
A square might be defended by one or two pieces, but that's not always enough.

The position after 13.f4-f5   
Srdjan Zakić - Srdjan Cvetković, Aosta 1989





Black should have played 13...Nde5. There is no time to wait with playing Nde5 and instead playing first 13...exf5, with the idea 14.Nxf5 Nde5.
After 13...exf5 white has no plans to automatically recapture the f5-pawn, since it isn't enough for black that only the king protects the f7-square.


Black played 13...exf5?



...and white replied with 14.Qxf7+!!





Black is lost.


Gyula Sax - Lev Polugaevsky, Haninge 1989


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Key Moments in Chess History

The position after 16...Ra8-e8 in the 2nd game of the World Chess Championship match between Wilhelm Steinitz and Isidor Gunsberg.

Link to Greg Shahade's YouTube Channel

Jennifer Shahade speaks at TEDxBaltimore


Magnus Carlsen YouTube Channel

Vox Archangeli - Alleluia Raphael


What YOU Think the Kids Need to Know


Vassily Ivanchuk - Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Gibraltar Masters 2014

Game analysis at ChessVibes
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Masterclass 2014 with Vassily Ivanchuk

The video starts after 1 minute, 20 seconds.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Fabiano Caruana - Levon Aronian, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

Game analysis at ChessBase News 
Other games after 16...Bxd3 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Endgame study by Leonid Kubbel

More endgame studies by Leonid Kubbel
Collection endgame studies 

Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

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Levon Aronian - Hikaru Nakamura, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

Game analysis at ChessBase News 
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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - Sandro Mareco, Gibraltar Masters 2014

The game at
ChessVibes article about Gibraltar Chess Festival 2014

Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

Comments and analysis to the game Hikaru Nakamura - Magnus Carlsen, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014:

ChessBase News

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Magnus Carlsen - Boris Gelfand, Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

The game at

Endgame puzzle

White to move

Judit Polgar published a nice puzzle on Facebook. She wrote: "Working on the 3rd and last volume of my book Judit Polgar Teaches Chess I found this amazing endgame! Can white do anything against Kg7 and Rh2?"

A beautiful finish that wasn't played

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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!