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 32: “When Women Are Alone.” (Tata Steel ’12)
February 27, 2012 – 11:27 | One Comment | Rating: 3.75 | 872 views
Understand The Position 32: “When Women Are Alone.” (Tata Steel ’12)

When they asked Jane Austen, how is it possible that there is no men conversation without a participation of a woman in her books, she replied with sincerity: “The reason is simple. I cannot write …

Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)
February 14, 2012 – 15:31 | One Comment | Rating: 4.67 | 1,237 views
Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)

Who likes to defend? It is very annoying to have a bad position. However, to be in a bad position without any hope for a counterplay is almost a physical suffering for a chess player. …

Understand The Position 30: “Problem? No Problem at All!” (Tata Steel ’12)
February 3, 2012 – 11:27 | One Comment | Rating: 5 | 1,429 views
Understand The Position 30: “Problem? No Problem at All!” (Tata Steel ’12)

Roman Catholic Christians celebrate Christmas on December 24th, Orthodox Christians two weeks later. Chess players were celebrating Christmas on January 14th this year. It was a day when the most famous present tournament started – …

Understand The Position 29: “The Strength of the Weakests”
January 30, 2012 – 13:39 | 5 Comments | Rating: 4.43 | 1,445 views
Understand The Position 29: “The Strength of the Weakests”

Chess is a revolutionary game. Like it is written in Marx’s documents, also on the board the weakest players occasionally upraise and take the fate of the state (understood as games) into their own hands. …

Understand The Position 28: “The Chess Simul”
December 20, 2011 – 12:14 | 4 Comments | Rating: 4 | 1,641 views
Understand The Position 28: “The Chess Simul”

In this part, it will be the first time when we will be looking at the position from the game played on www.chessfriends.com. This is one of my regular Wednesday’s simultaneous games. I played against …

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 …