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 36: “Test”
March 26, 2012 – 14:18 | 3 Comments | Rating: 2.73 | 2,048 views
Understand The Position 36: “Test”

Did you read the series “Understand The Position” carefully? Test yourself! The correct answers are to be found in the previous parts of this series.

Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”
March 19, 2012 – 12:17 | One Comment | Rating: 4.43 | 1,011 views
Understand The Position 35: “A Secret Entrance to the Castle”

The position of Black on the diagram is similar to a well fortified castle. The rook on e5 is its main bastion. It cannot be driven away neither by pawns, bishop (dark-squared bishops are already …

Understand The Position 34: “Quick as a Snake Poison.”
March 12, 2012 – 17:32 | One Comment | Rating: 3.25 | 1,204 views
Understand The Position 34: “Quick as a Snake Poison.”

Do you know how the king cobra is called in Thailand? “A single step snake.” If somebody gets bitten by this snake, he has just one step left until the end of his life. The …

Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”
February 29, 2012 – 15:46 | No Comment | Rating: 4.75 | 1,330 views
Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”

When students in Slovakia finish high school, they are giving their friends graduation announcements. When I recently received such graduation announcement from one of my students, it had the following motto on it: “Always aim …

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 …

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 …