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Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Sunday, 22 December 2013

By IM David Pruess, USA, FIDE 2347

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A video lecture by our friend IM David Pruess on the prerequisites of launching a successful attack.

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Chess Tactics

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Galkin (2595) - Kovalenko (2643), 2013
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White has previously played Rfg2. What is wrong with this consolidating move?

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

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Chess Review TV Program

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Thursday, 19 December 2013


This is a Youtube version of a TV chess program that has been broadcast for ages on one of the Russian sports channels. The hosts are GM Sergey Makarichev and his wife Marina.

In this week's episode:

- Chennai, India, the venue of the Anand-Carlsen match: a city of contrasts
- World Mind Sports Games, Bejing, rapid chess
- Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the International Mind Sports Association
- London Chess Classic rapid tournament: Adams - Anand, Sadler - Svidler, Rowson - Kramnik, Jones - Gelfand

Sorry, you will have to follow Bobby Fischer's example and learn Russian to understand what the people are saying!

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Chess Tactics

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Jakovenko (2721) - Sjugirov (2641), 2013
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In the position on the diagram Black played Qb2 and lost in a few moves. What went wrong? 

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Bobby Fischer vs. Hikaru Nakamura - Theoretical Match-up

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Thursday, 19 December 2013
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2504

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Hikaru Nakamura, #1 chess player in the USA


Bobby Fischer, a legend of American chess, XI World Chess Champion

Hikaru Nakamura and Bobby Fischer- arguably the two strongest American chess players in history. But who would win in a match?


Hikaru Nakamura showed what a dangerous beast he is becoming at the very top of the world elite, by winning the London chess classic at the weekend.

The second rapidplay game against Kramnik was a truly epic encounter and displayed what I believe to be Naka's greatest strength- his ability to resist in even the most hopeless of situations. Even the watching Super-Grandmasters, Luke McShane and Judit Polgar, looked shocked at the end of the game, as shocked as Kramnik was, when Nakamura turned around what looked like a clear exchange down position to trick the Russian and proceed to the final.

Of course, even an exchange down Nakamura had some tricks. He had a d-pawn. And that was enough, because by using this d-pawn as a springboard for some amazing tactical resistance, he was able to utterly bamboozle Kramnik, who left the board shaking his head, astonished no doubt at the never say die attitude of the American (and no doubt also confused by his own crumpling under pressure).

Clearly there are many similarities between Nakamura, and his great American predecessor, Fischer.

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Instructive Endgames from London Chess Classic & Danish Championships

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Wednesday, 18 December 2013
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By GM Lars Bo Hansen, PhD, MBA, Denmark, FIDE 2567


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The London Chess Classic finished yesterday with Hikaru Nakamura emerging as winner in a dramatic final against Boris Gelfand. The tournament was this year played as a rapid format with a group stage followed by a knock-out phase.

Nakamura was on the verge of being eliminated in the semi-final against Vladimir Kramnik, facing a technically lost position in game 2 after a draw in game 1. But the former World Champions usually so impeccable technique uncharacteristically let him down. Kramnik first allowed Nakamura to set up a creative drawing configuration with a knight on c5 and a bishop on a5 supporting a passed pawn on d7, and then with just seconds on the clock blundered first a piece and then his rook and instead lost the game.

GM Nakamura vs. GM Kramnik


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5-second Tactics from London Chess Classic

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada, FIDE 2544
Kevin's blog (parental advisory)

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KNIGHT MOVES (I)


Sreeves, Clement

IM  Panjwani, R


London Open. Position after 17 moves.  The Canadian IM is closing in fast on his second GM-norm!  Unfortunately, in this tournament this narrowly escaped Raja because the elo of his opponents was too low, but Raja never the less managed to play some excellent chess.  This is one such example.


HERE  Raja can play safely and keep a solid positional plus with the simple 18.Nxd7 and after 18Bxc3  19.Rxc3!? (19.Qxc3 is also strong) 19Qxd7  20.Qa5!  when it is difficult to coordinate Blacks pieces.  HOWEVER, Raja sensed that he could get more


WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN  IN STYLE!

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Sunday Puzzle-59

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Monday, 16 December 2013
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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and international puzzle expert
For more puzzles check out his book "Mathematical Puzzles and Curiosities" on Amazon


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Treasure Island

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Blind Pugh was after hidden treasure, just like the rest of his shipmates, but could not see the map of Treasure Island.  However, his hearing was shipshape, and he intended to locate the treasure from what he overheard and get there before the others. The island was divided into a 4x4 grid of equal squares, each square having a unique color. He had heard the following facts :

 

(1)   The blue square was one square horizontally to the left of the pink square.

(2)   The orange was one to the right of and one above the white.

(3)   The red was one square vertically above the purple.

(4)   The lavender was one square horizontally to the left of the indigo.

(5)   The brown was one vertically below the green.

(6)   The purple was one horizontally to the left of the gray.

(7)   The violet was two horizontally to the right of the yellow.

(8)   The indigo was one vertically above the white.

(9)   The turquoise was two below and one to the right of the red.

(10)The crimson was one to the right of and one below the green.

  

Where was the gold?

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WGM Bulmaga's Photo Report from London

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Monday, 16 December 2013
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By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania, FIDE 2396

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WGM Irina Bulmaga is playing in the London Chess Classic Women's Invitational. Here are a few nice images from London:







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