Carslen vs. Anand: Magnus on His Way to the Title?
November 19, 2013 – 16:31 | 10 Comments | Reads: 8795

So far, there was some excitement in Chennai, but you could hardly say that the tournament was satisfactory. It missed what really is the core value of every sport: Victory and defeat. Magnus Carlsen decided it’s …

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Special Edition: A Pleasure of Stay-At-Home Chess Player
December 13, 2011 – 11:24 | No Comment | Rating: 5 | 1,176 views
Special Edition: A Pleasure of Stay-At-Home Chess Player

Almost every man likes to sit in front of the TV, have some beer or vine and watch the Champions League, U.S. Open or NHL. It’s a great and enjoyable relax which gives us a …

Understand The Position 27: “With No Fear”
November 30, 2011 – 18:33 | 6 Comments | Rating: 4.11 | 1,128 views
Understand The Position 27: “With No Fear”

Today’s example is from the actual world’s top chess. I will show you the game Topalov – Svidler, which was played on the first board of Bulgaria – Russia match during this year’s European Team …

Understand The Position 26: “The Bet”
November 25, 2011 – 11:48 | 3 Comments | Rating: 1.5 | 2,913 views
Understand The Position 26: “The Bet”

This series is called “Understand The Position”. I admit that when I recently came to the first board of the Slovak Extraleague match between Slovan and Trencin, I did not understand the position, which appeared …

Understand The Position 25: “Tear, Doggie!”
November 15, 2011 – 17:36 | 4 Comments | Rating: 5 | 841 views
Understand The Position 25: “Tear, Doggie!”

In late October I was organizing a little chamber Grandmaster tournament for ten young chess players in the small village located in central Slovakia. We played in a local community center, which was fully available …

Understand The Position 24: The Strange Novelty of Carlsen
November 11, 2011 – 12:12 | 11 Comments | Rating: 4.25 | 1,995 views
Understand The Position 24: The Strange Novelty of Carlsen

The following example is from Super Tournament in Bilbao. Two exceptional players were sitting at the board. Each one is exceptional for a different reason. Magnus Carlsen, actual World No. 1 player, played as White; …

The Assassin (Special Edition)
November 4, 2011 – 13:32 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 1,074 views
The Assassin (Special Edition)

I was recently impressed by the Mafia trilogy Godfather by Mario Puzo, filmed by Francis Coppola. Not only that Al Pacino and Marlon Brando played amazingly, but what impressed me even more, was the remarkable …

Understand The Position 23: Start-End
November 2, 2011 – 12:01 | No Comment | Rating: 5 | 852 views
Understand The Position 23: Start-End

Imagine that you come to theater to watch the opera. Well dressed, odorized, you are looking forward to the three acts of a top culture. However, actors are including only the first two scenes of …

Understand The Position 22: Play!
November 1, 2011 – 12:46 | One Comment | Rating: 4 | 648 views
Understand The Position 22: Play!

The European Club Cup is an extremely prestigious competition; it is a kind of Chess Champions League. But it is also similar to a roulette. This tournament was played using the Swiss-System in 7 rounds this …

Understand The Position 21: “The Work for Sherlock Holmes”
October 10, 2011 – 11:51 | No Comment | Rating: 4.64 | 817 views
Understand The Position 21: “The Work for Sherlock Holmes”

I admire Vasilij Smyslov. I like his gentle, positioning and seemingly unexacting style very much because I always try to use combinations in my games and I usually get bored in technical positions. Although Smyslov …

Understand The Position 20: “Volga Gambit Under Magnifying Glass.”
October 7, 2011 – 12:05 | 2 Comments | Rating: 4.88 | 1,750 views
Understand The Position 20: “Volga Gambit Under Magnifying Glass.”

Volga Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5) is a very interesting opening. Usually, the side which plays the gambit is looking for a quick, dynamic and tactical counterplay. It is so in the King’s …

The Darwin Awards
October 4, 2011 – 10:55 | 2 Comments | Rating: 5 | 822 views
The Darwin Awards

This article is dedicated to all who like black humor. You may have heard about so-called Darwin Awards. There is also a movie made, several books written and many websites dealing with these controversial prizes.