The Master’s Bulletin, August 2014

Aug 19, 2014, 12:00 AM 9,898 Reads 1 Comment Other



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Peter’s Chess Vibes


Dubai Heights

“In July I was on holidays for most of the month, and so I missed a lot of chess, for instance the annual tournaments in Biel and Dortmund but also the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo and several open tournaments. The good thing about producing this magazine is that it's a nice way to catch up on things!” writes editor Peter Doggers in his intro. Right after his holiday in Italy he went straight to the Olympiad in Tromsø. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   In the Spotlight


The Five Best Games of July

July was dominated by three big events: Biel, Dortmund and the ACP Golden Classic in Bergamo. GM Robin van Kampen annotated the five games he liked the most, but also included one of his own (a loss!) from the Dutch Championship. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Beyond the Board...


...With GM Bartek Macieja

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 36-year-old, two-time Polish Champion GM Bartek Macieja (2622). [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Topical Theory


Openings for Blitz

Which openings are most suitable to play in blitz games? GM Max Dlugy, a blitz specialist himself, tries to answer this question while looking at games from the recently concluded World Blitz Championship in Dubai. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


The Bent System

The Bent System is an original set-up for Black against 1.d4 openings, with ...d5, ...e6, ...g6, Bg7, ...Nc6, ...Nge7 and often ...b6. In a recent tournament in Rosmalen, Netherlands it was ex-FIDE World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov who employed it but as GM Alex Yermolinsky points out, the setup is far from new! [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


The Mysterious Bishop Move (And Other Riddles)

You have probably heard of Nimzowitsch's idea of the “mysterious rook move”, but did you know you can do the same with bishops? And, now that we're at it, what did Nimzowitsch really mean in the first place? IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering tells you all about it! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

The Endgame Explained


Endgame Drama in Tromsø

This month IM Robert Ris takes a look at the most dramatic blunders and turn-arounds at the Tromsø Olympiad, committed by both super grandmasters and lesser known stars from the lower ranks. In other words: lots of very instructive mistakes! [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]

5 Tips for Beginner Players


Valeri Lilov Bojkov

This month's GM tips come from Bulgarian international master Valeri “Tiger” Lilov, who is an experienced trainer, runs his own online chess school at and who is also one of the best blitz players on Here are his five tips! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

Member’s Analysis Analyzed


Roman Dzindzichashvili

In this column GM 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


First Ever Gold for China at Olympiad, Russia Wins Women's Section

China won the 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø, Norway on Thursday after beating Poland 3-1 in the final round. The team finished on 19 out of a possible 22 match points. It was the first time ever that China won gold. Yu Yangyi won the individual gold medal on board 3, where he scored 9.5/11. In the women's section Russia clinched the gold medal for the third time in a row, scoring 2.5-1.5 against Bulgaria in the final round. Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk won individual gold on boards 2 and 3. Read the final report here.


Ilyumzhinov Beats Kasparov 110-61 at FIDE Presidential Elections

The incumbent FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov defeated his Challenger Garry Kasparov with 110 votes to 61 at the FIDE Presidential elections, held today during the General Assembly in Tromsø, Norway. The General Assembly was held at Tromsø University, a few miles outside the city. “Maybe wrongly, I avoided any personal attacks. We focused on positive things, plans, the future. They had no plans, nothing,” said Kasparov afterward. Read the full report on what happened on the political chess board here.


2800+ Elo Average for 2nd Sinquefield Cup

The second edition of the Sinquefield Cup (August 27-September 7) will go down in history as the first-ever 6-player round-robin tournament with an average Elo rating over 2800. Six of the world’s top-nine will be playing in Saint Louis: Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. With these six players, the 2014 Sinquefield Cup will be the highest-rated tournament in the history of chess. The average is a historical peak FIDE rating of 2802. Read the full announcement here.


GM Alex Lenderman to face GM Wang Yue in Death Match 27

Go ahead and take that late summer vacation you've been planning. After the usual August hiatus, school will be back in session as's Death Match series returns in September with GM Alex Lenderman and GM Wang Yue going pawn to pawn. The match will be Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 12 p.m. Eastern (GMT -5), 9 a.m. Pacific, and will air live on TV. Death Matches are three-hour non-stop blitz and bullet chess battles, with a $1,000 total prize fund. Read the full announcement here.

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