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 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; …

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 …

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 …

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 …