The Master’s Bulletin, April 2014

Apr 18, 2014, 12:00 AM 12,807 Reads 1 Comment Other



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Peter’s Chess Vibes


Vishy is back

“The World Championship Tournament in 2007 in Mexico City was the first major event that I attended for Anand's victory at the Candidates’ Tournament reminded me of this event, where the Indian won in similar style, and where I interviewed him for the first time. Now, after some mediocre years, Vishy is back!” writes editor Peter Doggers in his intro. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   In the Spotlight


Lessons from the Candidates

“Vishy is BACK! In this short sentence we could basically characterize the entire Candidates’ Tournament,” says GM Alexander Ipatov. He has selected the five most instructive games played in Khanty-Mansiysk, and has annotated them for you to enjoy & learn. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Beyond the Board...


...With GM Sam Shankland

In this column we interview a different chess player every month. We go beyond the chess board and try to find out more about his or her personality, character and lifestyle! This month we present 22-year-old U.S. grandmaster Sam Shankland (2616). [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Topical Theory


The Venomous Vienna, Part 1

The Vienna QGD has become popular recently due to its simplicity. After its most recent appearance at the highest levels of chess, we decided that it fully deserves an article in the Bulletin! GM Bartek Macieja dives into the complications with not one, but two parts.[Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


The 8.Rb1 Grünfeld: 12...b6

For more than two decades the 8.¦b1 system, where White gives up the pawn on a2, is one of the absolute main lines of the Grünfeld. It was also seen in the game Aronian-Svidler at the Candidates’ Tournament, where Black chose 12...b6 instead of 12...¥g4. GM Evgeny Postny brings you fully up to date in this line! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Tasty Tactics


Tactical exercises for you to solve, selected by IM Robert Ris [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Middlegame Musings


From Yerevan to Scheveningen

The Scheveningen is not among the most popular Sicilian lines anymore, but has a very rich history. IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering tells you all about it, while showing a recent game that included the typical Rxf6 Exchange sacrifice. Enjoy! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   The Endgame Explained


Wild West Endgame Tactics

Endgames are not just about technique, known set-ups and ‘tablebase wins’. A very important endgame skill, like in middlegames, is calculation!  IM Robert Ris proves this point by showing the amazingly complicated game Kramnik-Mamedyarov. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Afek’s Corner


Endgame Studies

Every month we present you three endgame studies selected by IM Yochanan Afek: player, trainer, endgame study composer and writer. The studies are especially useful for the practical player. Next month we’ll publish the solutions. Good luck solving! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

Grandmaster Tips for Beginners


Ben Finegold

So much has been written about chess, but what does it really take to improve your games? In this new column, every month we ask a different GM to think of the best tips he or she could give to novice players both old and young alike. This month Ben Finegold! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   NEW: Member’s Analysis


Roman Dzindzichashvili

In this new column Roman Dzindzichashvili picks a Member's game to analyze in depth. He provides critique to the game, as well as the member's own analysis. Games can be submitted by joining the's Master's Bulletin group[Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   In the News


Vishy Anand, Winner of the Candidates’: “This result for me is a bit like oxygen”

In the penultimate round GM Viswanathan Anand held a worse ending against GM Sergey Karjakin, clinching first place with a round to spare at the Candidates’ Tournament. The 44-year-old Indian grandmaster secured a rematch with Magnus Carlsen which is scheduled for November this year. Read our final reports on round 13 and round 14, and a summary of the many interviews Anand had with Indian media after returning to Chennai. The most quoted line was: “Well, you can imagine that this result for me is a bit like oxygen.”


Malachite & Ugra Winners Russian Team Championship

Malachite won the 21st Russian Team Championship and Ugra the 15th Russian Team Championship for Women, held in April in Loo, Sochi. GM Alexander Grischuk, who played second board for Malachite behind Sergey Karjakin, drew two games and won five. The Russian GM won 15 rating points and climbed to #3 in the world rankings. GM Leinier Dominguez of Cuba entered the world's top 10. Find our first report here and our final report here, with lots of photos and a big selection of interesting games, often annotated.


Hikaru Nakamura: “I feel good. I'm optimistic.”

GM Hikaru Nakamura is an outsider. While others were reading books, he played blitz online. Where others prefer to be quiet, he is fairly outspoken. Where others keep a poker face during games, he often shows his emotions. Less than a week before his next tournament, the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, the U.S. #1 and #9 in the world rankings speaks frankly about a wide range of topics both on and off the board, including his recently signed contract to be sponsored by the world's largest energy drink distributor, Red Bull. Interview.


l'Ami Cruises in Death Match 22

GM Erwin l'Ami began with six consecutive wins in Death Match 22 (held on March 22nd), en route to a convincing 17.5-7.5 win over fellow Dutchman GM Jan Smeets. l'Ami won all three time controls as Smeets scored the lowest number of points in Death Match history. l'Ami won $750 while Smeets took home $250. Both players admitted to being apprehensive about the opening 5+1 segment. "The scary part is the five minute plus one (second)," l'Ami said. "I don't have any experience with it. It seems kind of long." Read the final report here.

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