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 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 | 823 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.

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 …