In part one, I discussed a game that I feel is extremely instructive. There were opening nuances, tactics, and the usual highs and lows. But the main thing that fueled the game’s soul was the existence of two potentially weak squares on e5 a... | Read More
The idea of a “bucket list” is not a new one. It’s an age-old concept to compile a list of things you’d like to do before you “kick the bucket,” or pass away.
Unlike traveling the world or buying your dream ho... | Read More
The game we are going to analyze today is quite typical for the style of Mikhail Tal. It features sacrifices, crazy attack and a lot of fun!
Also, as it happened to many Tal's sacrifices, it was proven incorrect. Of course it took "only" a... | Read More
Two active bishops working in tandem are a mighty force.
Indeed, the bishop's long range enables it to dominate vast swaths of the board, and to simultaneously play both a defensive and an attacking role.
While the power of two bishops is... | Read More
For this week's edition of my column on the histories of openings, I have chosen the Smith-Morra Gambit -- a selection that might excite many readers.
Most grandmasters have a low opinion of the Smith-Morra, while at the same time it is a favo... | Read More