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 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 …

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. …