In the last few years, the elite players have been using more and more the Italian Game, namely 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.
In most of the games I have seen, black replies 3...Bc5, and we have seen many games in which White goes for a d3 system, whi... | Read More
In 1918, in New York, Frank Marshall sprung a novelty on Capablanca, and almost defetead the great Cuban. In this game the famous Marshall Attack was born. Among modern elite players, Leko and Aronian have both played it with success.
What I did ... | Read More
My friend, Suren, is slightly better than me, to say the least. His understanding of chess is somewhat deeper than me. I am always starting the attack too early, and I usually have to resort to tricks...
Recently we played two casual games...no c... | Read More
We have all heard about the dangers of allowing the opponent's rook on its seventh rank...I just want to illustrate this point with three games in which the presence of the rook in the 7th rank had a decisive effect in the outcome of the game. The... | Read More
Hi! Lately, following the lead of great Masters such as Capablanca, Lasker, Fischer, Bronstein and Kramnik, I have been exploring the games of Masters from the late 19th Century.
Two books by Jimmy Adams have been indispensable in this regard; b... | Read More
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