The Master’s Bulletin, June 2014

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Peter’s Chess Vibes


Second Norm

“In May I took two weeks off from work. Shortly before it started I decided to play an open tournament in Liechtenstein. The rest is history: I scored my biggest success ever, finishing clear second and clinching my second IM norm! Guess I must have learnt something from The Master's Bulletin, Laughing” writes editor Peter Doggers in his intro. He even got an email from Boris Gelfand congratulating him! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   In the Spotlight


The Five Best Games of May

The May month saw a number of great tournaments: the Capablanca Memorial in Havana, the Karpov Tournament in Poikovsky and, of course, the U.S. Championship in St. Louis. GM Josh Friedel picked his favorite games and annotated them in a very instructive way! [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Beyond the Board...


...With GM Irina Krush

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 30-year-old, six-time U.S. Champion GM Irina Krush (2484). [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Topical Theory


The Open Ruy Lopez

The Open Ruy Lopez has a long history. Siegbert Tarrasch was one of the first top players who played it often, and recently e.g. Hikaru Nakamura and Vassily Ivanchuk have tried it. GM Suat Atalik shows you the main ideas and the latest theoretical trends. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


The King's Indian Attack

Played by a young Bobby Fischer, the King's Indian Attack still pops up every now and then in top events. GM Daniel Naroditsky takes you through the main line, which was seen in recent games such as Svidler-Karjakin (Russian League), Kamsky-Lenderman (U.S. Champs) and Nepomniachtchi-Jakovenko (Poikovsky). [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


Shabba's Queens

In this year's Chicago Open, Armenian grandmaster Sargissian sacrificed his queen for a rook and a piece against Shabalov. This material imbalance is quite common, but often not easy to evaluate. IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering gives many examples. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   The Endgame Explained


To Simplify or Not to Simplify?

All rook endings are drawn, right? Well, as IM Robert Ris shows, it's not so simple and especially the transition into a pawn endgame shouldn't be taken lightly. In the game Zilka-Baramidze White should have prepared the exchange of rooks first. [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


Magesh Panchanathan

This month's GM tips come from GM Magesh Panchanathan, the Indian grandmaster you might know as the host of “Your games analyzed” on! In this interview you can find out more about the author, but here are his five tips for beginners!  [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


Sergey Karjakin Repeats as Norway Chess Winner

ıWhen he was playing against GM Anish Giri he didn't expect to finish with 3.0/3, but he did. GM Sergey Karjakin defeated GM Fabiano Caruana in the final round in Stavanger to clinch victory yet again at the Norway Chess tournament. Like Karjakin, GM Magnus Carlsen finished on the same number of points as last year after beating his compatriot GM Simen Agdestein in the final round, while GM Vladimir Kramnik finished on 9th place as he lost to GM Alexander Grischuk. Read the final report here.


Nothing to See Here; Kamsky and Krush Still Champs

The last day at the U.S. Championship and U.S Women's Championship began with no fewer than six players still alive in the race for a national title. After several more hours of play, the two defending champions slithered through the field. GM Gata Kamsky and GM Irina Krush both used their free pass to the finals to add more U.S. Championships to their profiles. Kamsky, the winner in four of the last five years, is now only the fourth man to win five U.S. Championships. "It's going to look good on the résumé," he said. Read the final report here.


Ilyumzhinov: “Anand-Carlsen World Championship to be Held in Sochi”

The FIDE World Championship match between GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Magnus Carlsen is going to be held in the city where the Winter Olympics took place earlier this year: Sochi, Russia. This was announced by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov on June 11th at a press conference for Interfax in Moscow. A prize fund of $1.35 - 1.5 million was mentioned which is one million dollars less than the prize fund for the Chennai match, which was 1.85 million euros (US 2.5 million). Read the full report here.


Nakamura Beats Navara 3.5-0.5 in Prague

GM Hikaru Nakamura won his match with GM David Navara convincingly. The final score was 3.5-0.5 in favor of the American, who started with two wins, got into trouble but drew the third and then finished with another win. Nakamura clinched the Cez Chess Trophy in Prague in a four-game match. The venue was the Michna Palace, a baroque palace located in the south part of the Lesser Town of Prague, Czech Republic. You can read the first report here and the second report here.

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