Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal.
Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More
Everyone knows the popular, "normal" openings played at the top level of chess.
The Ruy-Lopez, the Sicilian, the French: thousands of pages have been written about these world-championship-level openings.
But what if you're not playing a... | Read More
Mikhail Botvinnik had regained the world championship in 1958, but soon after the chess world's attention was captured by the rapid ascent of a young player with an unusually sharp and creative style: the Latvian Mikhail Tal.
Frequently ma... | Read More
How many of you could get a winning position against Magnus Carlsen after just eight moves of play? How many chess players in the world could do it? I know one of them, and his name is Bill Gates!
Not only did he achiev... | Read More
Today we'll continue learning typical ideas of the Modern Benoni using Velimirovic's games. But first, I would like to address the concern of one of our readers who, in his comments, expressed disappointment that none of Velimirovic's opponents pl... | Read More