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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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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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Magnus Carlsen G-Star Commercial

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014


Check out the new G-Star commercial featuring World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and model & actress Lily Cole (England).

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How Many Games Did Super GMs Play in 2013?

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In 2013 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave overtook Fabiano Caruana as the most active top chess player

One of the common questions asked by chess fans is: "How many games per year should I play?". While the answer strongly depends on the player's personality and level, it is still worth taking a look at what the leading GMs are doing. We have been monitoring the tournament schedules of the world's top-20 players for the last 5 years and sharing our observations with you.

Data for years 2009-2012

Please read further to view the statistics for year 2013:

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Strongest Chess Couples (Updated)

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First of all, we would like to congratulate GM Peter Heine-Nielsen and GM Viktoria Cmilyte on their marriage. Secondly, it is a good opportunity to update the 5000+ club list that we have published in year 2009.


A quick reminder: only official couples with a combined total of personal rating records over 5000 are eligible. X stands for divorced.

GM Ivanchuk (2787) IM Galliamova (2554) = 5341 (X)

GM Grischuk (2786) GM Zhukova (2499) = 5285

GM Shirov (2755) GM Cmilyte (2528) = 5283 (X)

GM Nielsen (2700) GM Cmilyte (2528) = 5228

GM Fressinet (2718) IM Skripchenko (2501) = 5219

GM Bu Xiangzhi (2714) WGM Huang Qian (2494) = 5208

GM Fridman (2670) GM Zatonskih (2537) = 5207

GM Kritz (2624) GM Kosintseva N (2576) = 5200

GM Lautier (2687) IM Skripchenko (2501) = 5188 (X)

GM Socko B (2661) GM Socko M (2505) = 5166

GM Peng Xiaomin (2657) WGM Qin Kanying (2501) = 5158

GM Karjakin (2788) WIM Dolzhykova K (2351) = 5139 (X)

GM Al-Modiakhi (2588) GM Zhu Chen (2548) = 5136

GM Fontaine (2572) GM Lagno (2557) = 5129

GM Movsesian (2751) WGM Kochetkova (2369) = 5120

GM Wu Shaobin (2545) GM Xie Jun (2574) = 5119

GM Korneev (2671) WGM Kononenko (2442) = 5113

GM Movsesian (2751) WGM Krupkova (2362) = 5113 (X)

GM Atalik S (2632) IM Atalik E (2481) = 5113

GM Turov (2667) WGM Turova (2442) = 5109

GM Morozevich (2787) WIM Dorofeeva (2320) = 5107 (X)

GM Kharlov (2656) IM Zaiatz (2449) = 5105(X)

GM Illescas (2640) IM Alexandrova (2462) = 5102

GM Zhang Zhong (2667) WGM Li Ruofan (2433) = 5100

GM Gajewski (2653) WGM Majdan-Gajewski (2418) = 5071

GM Bellon (2510) GM Cramling (2550) = 5060
GM Drozdovskij (2620) WGM Zdebskaja (2438) = 5058

GM osashvili (2549) IM Polgar Sofia (2505) = 5054

GM Gulko (2644) WGM Akhsharumova (2400) = 5044

GM Areschenko (2720) WGM Areschenko (2318) = 5038

GM LAmi (2648) WGM LAmi (2390) = 5038
GM Gyiemesi (2628) WGM Medvegy (2407) = 5035

GM Malakhatko (2621) IM Zozulia (2412) = 5033

GM Pashikian (2663) WGM Kursova (2366) = 5029

GM Timofeev (2690) WGM Timofeeva (2331) = 5021

GM Charbonneau (2517) GM Krush (2502) = 5019 (X)

GM Shirov (2755) WIM Olga Dolgova (2262) = 5017

GM Meijers (2529) IM Gaponenko (2482) = 5011

GM Miladinovic (2630)  WGM Botsari (2380) = 5010 (X)

      GM Lalic B (2600) IM Lalic S (2405) = 5005 (X)

GM Bartel (2677) WGM Bartel (2327) = 5004


Some couples were very-very close to making it to the list: GM Popov V (2595) WGM Molchanova (2388) = 4983; GM Hernandez G (2572) WGM Amura (2405) = 4977; GM Makarov (2560) WGM Demina (2405) = 4965; GM Eljanov (2761) - WIM Dvoretska (2212) = 4973; GM Hamdouchi (2628) WGM Hamdouchi (2332) = 4960, et al., but they still have chances.


Obviously, this list is probably not exhaustive. Your commentaries and suggestions are welcome.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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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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Blitz Chess Tactics

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

Blitz game
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How does White finish off the opponent in blitz mode?

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