Many things are written about how the current GMs are so much better than the older generations, but as someone who grew up looking at games of the old Masters, such as Alekhine, Capablanca and others, I beg to differ.
Besides, who did the new ... | Read More
Hi! David Bronstein (1924-2006) is one of my favorite players of all time.
Among modern players, Anand, Kramnik, Carlsen, Aronian are all players I like a lot.
Bronstein's book, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", is an excellent res... | Read More
Sometimes tactical themes are learned and repeated from generation to generation...
Take the first example in this blog, for instance. It is game number 10 from the World Championship match in 1966 between world Champion Tigran Petrosian and the ... | Read More
Recently, GM David Smerdon published a letter on chessvibes titled " An Open Letter To The Stonewall". It is a very heartfelt letter in which he is deciding never to play the Stonewall again. Botvinnik used to play it with some success, and today,... | Read More
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-1984) was a unique genius in chess. He won the World Champion title by defeating Botvinnik in 1963.
Petrosian had a mysterious style. After Spassky lost his first WC match against Petrosian in 1966, Botvinnk ask... | Read More
In a tournament in Puerto Rico in 1983, I had Black against Manuel Moraza, ex-champion of my country and a very strong player. I had not played actively in 5 years, and this was the last round of a 5-round weekend Swiss. So I played his favorite T... | Read More
In 2011 I played 3 games ijn the Icelandic Chess Club Team Championship. These were the last 3 rounds of the tournament, played at the beginning of March in Reykjavik.
Just before this round, I asked my dear friend Suren Torfi Leosson about my op... | Read More
This game was played in the 1977 Finals of the Puerto Rico Chess Championship. I had been playing chess for 5 years, and this was my peak!
My opponent played a dubious opening, and I capitalized....
Our game was over in about 10 minutes! I look... | Read More
In 1975, after playing chess for 3 years, I qualified for the Finals of the Puerto Rico Chess Championship. It was, if I remember correctly, either an 8 or 12 player round-robin. I placed 4th.
The first 3 places qualified for the Zonal Tournament... | Read More
Hi! In this third and final game from the Icelandic Chess Club Team Championships, I had difficulty in finding an effective plan against my opponent's setup. He used the Petrosian Variation in the Winawer French (C16). I came up with a dubious pla... | Read More