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GM Ivanisevic - GM Acs annotated by GM Balogh

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Thursday, 27 February 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary.
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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Ivanisevic is a strong attacking player. He wins many nice games, especially with the White pieces, thanks to his sharp and dangerous openings.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 )
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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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 Week on Twitter

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Monday, 24 February 2014
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.

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5-second Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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Enjoy life. Theres plenty of time to be dead.  
―     Hans Christian Andersen

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GM  Fier,Alex

GM  Meister, Peter


Bundesliga  2014.2.8    Position before Blacks 42nd move.  The game has been hard fought but is close to the end, as Blacks far advanced passed pawn is unstoppable while Whites counterplay has still not become dangerous.  In the game continuation Fier played the imprecise 42f4, though White decided to resign anyway!  HOWEVER, while there is not doubt that Black must win, there is still some fight left:  43. Bxf4  Rf8  44.Kg2! RxB  45.Rc7! when an ending with Black having a Bishop extra arises.


There is a more convincing  way for Black to win from the position above.  Do you see it?

WHAT IS BLACKS SIMPLEST WIN?

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 February 2014 )
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Natalia Pogonina / Li Chao Master Class @ Gibraltar

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Friday, 21 February 2014


GM Li Chao (China) and WGM Natalia Pogonina (Russia) gave a master class at the Gibraltar Chess Festival'2014.
Natalia commented on the sharp & exciting game with Nigel Short that took place on the same day as the master class.

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Fairytale

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Friday, 21 February 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Here I am, in Poiana Brasov, wondering how does it come that I've never been here before.

  

     I took a "short" walk this morning- about 2h and a half :))) - and took my time to explore the resort. It's absolutely amazing! The landscapes are so nice and they somehow induce a peaceful state of mind and soul.  The only minus is the "too fresh and clear" air, because of which I can't stop feeling dizzy... Maybe that's why I feel like I'm in a fairytale
   
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Chess Tactics

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Popov (2653) - Kabanov (2501), 2014
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Whose attack is more dangerous?

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GM Areschenko - GM Rustemov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player, best FIDE rating - 2737

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We will see a game where Black was too greedy and found himself under a heavy attack. What is nice about the current game is that White was not forcing a direct tactical win, but attacked "positionally" until Black's position practically fell apart.

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Levon Aronian Interviewed by Chess TV

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014


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Could you work as hard on chess as Vladimir Kramnik?

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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By GM Daniel Gormally, England, FIDE 2506

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I recently indicated that I spend half an hour to an hour a day, studying chess.

While this is a vast improvement on my normal routine, which basically consisted of doing no chess work whatsoever, if I'm honest it's still woefully short of what you need to do in order to bring about radical improvement. To get to that 2600 level which might lead to a breakthrough in terms of how much money is coming in and what sort of invites I might get.

Sure, if you spend just half an hour a day the likelihood is you won't suffer from rust when you actually sit down and play in a tournament. That's the minimum requirement I believe for me just to stand still, to remain at 2500 level. If I didn't do that much I'd probably get significantly worse.

But to really improve, means hard work. That means a radical and continuous overhaul of your opening repertoire. Putting your games through a microscope which involves working on your weaknesses. Studying middlegame positions. Studying endings. Working with Chessbase. Working with computer engines. Playing through the games of the top players and looking at what they are doing at the moment. I could go on and on.

The subject of chess improvement is inexhaustible and there are basically not enough hours in the day. A lot of the top guys are working between 6-10 hours a day. That's hard, hard work and if I'm honest I don't have the personality, I don't have the discipline to do that much. Maybe I should though I have no real excuse, as time isn't an issue. I don't do anything else other than chess. And it's the only thing I'm really any good at, so I should try and become as good as I possibly can.


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