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kamalakanta's Blog

    • A Tactical Theme Spanning Generations

      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

    • On Bronstein's style...and the Stonewall

      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

      • kamalakanta
      • | Sep 30, 2012
    • Four Games by Petrosian- Bringing the king to safety....

      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

    • Mirroring the Opponent's Opening, Centralizing and Setting Traps

      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

    • Attacking a "Solid" Opponent

      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

    • Shortest Win

      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

    • Playing in the zone

      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

    • Too Tired To Win

      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

    • A Nervous Opponent

      Hi! This is my 2nd game in the Icelandic Chess Club Champioships a few weeks ago. My opponent sat at the board, and he had an almost angry look on his face, which I could not read quite well- did not know what it meant. Again, I had White, but wa... | Read More

    • Uncharted Territory

       A few weeks ago I went to Iceland. My good friend and brother, Suren, invited me to be a part of the Reykjavik Club Team. In Iceland, they play the Chess Club Team Championship in two parts- a few rounds in the fall, and the last 3 in March, ju... | Read More