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 11: “None of the Endgames Is Boring.”
June 27, 2011 – 12:31 | One Comment | Rating: 4.75 | 1,157 views
Understand The Position 11: “None of the Endgames Is Boring.”

I’m not the endgame master. I usually don’t play for a “better endgame position,” but I prefer to try to decide the game by the attack. Only when I started with trainings, I began to …

Understand The Position 10: “The Flash That Didn’t Hit.”
June 10, 2011 – 16:41 | No Comment | Rating: 5 | 609 views
Understand The Position 10: “The Flash That Didn’t Hit.”

For certain it already happened to you that you played a move, and right after you pressed the clock, you noticed the opponent’s opportunity to completely refute your conception. People usually get a cold sweat …

Understand The Position 9: “On the Edge of the Knife”
June 4, 2011 – 22:15 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 624 views
Understand The Position 9: “On the Edge of the Knife”

I have to admit that I love chaotic positions in which the pieces are swirling across the board like crazy; the positions with a lot of air, freedom and danger. There is no need to …

Understand The Position 8: “About face!”
June 2, 2011 – 15:45 | One Comment | Rating: 4.75 | 522 views
Understand The Position 8: “About face!”

When I joined the Slovak team for the first time on the Chess Olympiad, I was only 15 years old and I didn’t know almost anything about chess. Meeting the strongest chess players in the …

Understand The Position 7: “Even World Champions Make Mistakes.”
May 31, 2011 – 14:58 | 4 Comments | Rating: 4.8 | 1,051 views
Understand The Position 7: “Even World Champions Make Mistakes.”

Position captured in the diagram went down in history. This is the position of the eighth game of the World Championship match between Anand and Topalov, which was played last spring in Sofia. Indian player …

Understand The Position 6: “Spicy Version of Nimzowitsch.”
May 24, 2011 – 12:15 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 683 views
Understand The Position 6: “Spicy Version of Nimzowitsch.”

Today’s demonstration is from the game which was played under very strained circumstances. Two leading teams met in a direct duel in Czech Extraliga to fight for the first place – Novy Bor and Ostrava. …

Understand The Position 5: “Get Further by Going Slower.”
May 17, 2011 – 11:44 | No Comment | Rating: 5 | 759 views
Understand The Position 5: “Get Further by Going Slower.”

“Develop a new piece in each move!” “Don’t lose time if you don’t want to be checkmated very quickly!” “Time is worth gold in the opening!” How many times we heard such advices during a …

The tragedy of one knight
April 27, 2011 – 16:45 | One Comment | Rating: 4.9 | 1,232 views
The tragedy of one knight

Many players tend to spend too much time and make too much effort to study the openings. They keep track of theoretical novelties, carefully improve their repertoire and analyze most of the main lines with …

Understand The Position 4: Exchange and Conquer!
April 19, 2011 – 14:42 | One Comment | Rating: 4.75 | 1,126 views
Understand The Position 4: Exchange and Conquer!

The exchange is something what we usually forget about when considering the dynamics in chess; after all, why to exchange the pieces when we want to attack? But the exchange is – just like a …

Understand The Position 3: “Obscure, but Logical”
March 30, 2011 – 13:35 | 2 Comments | Rating: 4.33 | 2,302 views
Understand The Position 3: “Obscure, but Logical”

The position on the board appeared shortly after the opening. The pieces are not in direct contact and we, therefore, do not find any tactics in this position. It is not important to calculate in …

Understand The Position 2: “Horse-race”
March 16, 2011 – 23:39 | One Comment | Rating: 4.8 | 2,283 views
Understand The Position 2: “Horse-race”

This unbelievable position looks like a made-up chess study. White is two pawns up with a bunch of passed pawns on the queenside. His king is somehow trapped and the bishop has to protect the …