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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Understand The Position 19: A Gentle Touch of Navara
September 26, 2011 – 11:57 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 490 views
Understand The Position 19: A Gentle Touch of Navara

Slovaks, Czechs and Moravians are very close to each other. Finally, it was not a long time ago when we used to live together in one country. So when none of the Slovak players qualified …

Understand The Position 18: “Invisible Fortress”
August 26, 2011 – 13:48 | No Comment | Rating: 4.56 | 1,196 views
Understand The Position 18: “Invisible Fortress”

How does a rabbit behave when he observes a predator, but is still in doubt if the predator observed him? Does he start running? No, he crouches to the ground and stays cool. Because he …

Understand The Position 17: “Nerves of Silicon”
August 25, 2011 – 11:41 | One Comment | Rating: 3.4 | 623 views
Understand The Position 17: “Nerves of Silicon”

In the fifteenth part of this series I praised Lev Polugaevsky for his courage with which he faced the attack by Bobby Fischer. Today we will look at another kind of courage; this courage does …

Infection
August 22, 2011 – 10:00 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 686 views
Infection

It is not so these days, but epidemic was perhaps the biggest disaster in the Middle Ages. When two kings decided to resolve their disputes by weapons, a battle took place on a limited battlefield …

The Policemen of the Chessboard
August 11, 2011 – 11:40 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 664 views
The Policemen of the Chessboard

What roles can be taken on by a chess piece? It can assist in the attack, or assist in the defense. However, that is not everything. What role have we missed?

Understand The Position 16: “It Needs a Change!”
August 10, 2011 – 10:29 | One Comment | Rating: 4.5 | 870 views
Understand The Position 16: “It Needs a Change!”

If the position on the board seems familiar to you, you are right. There is no better known and more basic position in chess – one could say that there is not much to write …

Understand The Position 15: “Face to Face.”
August 2, 2011 – 15:10 | 6 Comments | Rating: 5 | 855 views
Understand The Position 15: “Face to Face.”

Everyone is afraid of something. But not everyone can face the fear. We often avoid and ignore the things which we are afraid of. Or we escape from them. You need to have character so …

Understand The Position 14: “My Favourite Trap.”
July 26, 2011 – 11:54 | No Comment | Rating: 3.17 | 675 views
Understand The Position 14: “My Favourite Trap.”

There has to be a mistake coming from the opponent, if we want to win a game. And if the opponent is to make a mistake, he has to be given the opportunity. If you …

Walking Without Moving, Progress Without Change. A Revelation of One Secret Sect of Chess.
July 15, 2011 – 12:44 | 3 Comments | Rating: 5 | 1,240 views
Walking Without Moving, Progress Without Change. A Revelation of One Secret Sect of Chess.

Recently, I managed – by coincidence – to make a breakthrough discovery, that will go down the chess history for sure. Suddenly I understood why some strong chess players play with such an ease, while …

Understand The Position 13: “How to defeat a legend?”
July 13, 2011 – 14:52 | One Comment | Rating: 4.33 | 776 views
Understand The Position 13: “How to defeat a legend?”

In late June I had the opportunity to play a very small tournament in one tiny village in the south of Sardinia. It was fine: warm and salty sea, blue sky, smiling local people. The event …

Understand The Position 12: “Good and Better.”
July 4, 2011 – 14:58 | One Comment | Rating: 3.67 | 1,360 views
Understand The Position 12: “Good and Better.”

Each strong chess player has a lot of good practices stored in the memory, which are played more or less automatically. Each grandmaster has his own typical style of calculation, the way of “reading” the …