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Blog Post 6-4-2013
Games Outside the Spotlight
With the Candidates tournament having such an exciting finish (for those of you who missed it – Carlsen is Anand’s challenger for the World Championship Match) it’s easy to forget that other tournaments were being played at the same time! So for this blog post I’ve decided to write a ‘Games Column’ of sorts with three lightly annotated games from various open tournaments. You’ll notice I haven’t covered any Doeberl Cup games – that’s because I’ll be going through those next week! ;
Blog Post 25-03-2013
A Theoretical Overview of Rounds 1-8 of the Candidates
Blog Post 18-03-2013
The Big Clamp
The World Champions (Part Four)
In this blog post I’ll look at two games: firstly a win by Kasparov against Anand and secondly a win by Kramnik with the black pieces against Kasparov, both games being played in 1996. Both games are very exciting with a lot of tension in the middlegame.
(267) Kasparov,Garry (2785) - Anand,Viswanathan (2735) [B14]
It (cat.17) Amsterdam (Netherlands) (3), 1996
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 [The Panov-Botvinnik Attack will almost always lead to an IQP position.]
The World Champions Part Three
For this blog post I’ll go through two more games played between the world champions. Unfortunately Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov never played each other, so we’ll have to settle for one of Fischer’s wins against one of his predecessors, namely Tigran Petrosian who had an exceptionally solid style and whose trademark was the positional exchange sacrifice, which he introduced into the arena of chess tournaments. Meanwhile Fischer possessed an extremely aggressive style, backed up by thorough opening preparation and machine-like calculation.
Blog Post 26-02-2013
The World Champions Part Two
Greetings! Let’s continue our examination of the games of the World Champions by looking at a game between Euwe and Smyslov from the 1946 Staunton Memorial. Smyslov had a very good score against Euwe, who incidentally is the only amateur chess player to become World Champion, and also the only World Champion to become the President of FIDE.
Young Players at the Australian Open Part Four
For this final part I will go through the results of the other young players in the Australian Open on a round-by-round basis rather than by individual players. As the tournament featured a large number of young players, I will focus on upset results by juniors (under 18) with some games. Note that in referring to upset results by juniors I have not included Bobby Cheng’s results as I already went through his games in the first two parts.
Blog Post 4-2-12
Young Players at the Australian Open Part Three
Having completed a detailed examination of Bobby Cheng’s Australian Open result, we should look at the performances of the other young Australian players. I’m going to avoid covering my own performance to try and keep my post as objective as possible, and instead report on the performances of some players of a similar age to me, namely IM Moulthun Ly, FM Junta Ikeda and IM Andrew Brown.