The Master’s Bulletin, May 2014

  • PeterDoggers
  • | May 15, 2014



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Peter’s Chess Vibes


Shamkir Stones

“During the rest day, when I was tortured for hours by pains in my lower left back, I decided to ask for a doctor. Soon I realized that I would be enjoying an different kind of excursion: one to the local hospital. Diagnosis: kidney stones. My new friends would sometimes tease me and sometimes almost kill me. Luckily I only needed to skip round 8, which I spent mostly in my hotel room,” writes editor Peter Doggers in his intro. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   In the Spotlight


Shamkir Chess and Vugar Gashimov

“Shamkir Chess,” a brand new super tournament in Azerbaijan, was held in memory of Vugar Gashimov, who sadly passed away in January. GM Alex Yermolinsky looks at three games from the tournament and at two by Vugar, selected by Viorel Lordachescu. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Beyond the Board...


...With WGM/IM Tania Sachdev

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 27-year-old Indian Red Bull Athlete WGM & IM Tania Sachdev (2422). [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   Topical Theory


The Venomous Vienna, Part 2

Last month GM Bartek Macieja started his two-part series on the Vienna QGD, which was seen in Anand-Kramnik in March in Khanty-Mansiysk. This month he focuses on the variations close to that game, which can be considered the main line. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]


Sicilian Dragon with 10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5

Recently a couple of games were played in the top tournaments where Black chose the Sicilian Dragon, and countered the Yugoslav Attack with the line 10... Nxd4 11.Bxd4 b5. GM Sergey Tiviakov, one of the biggest Dragon experts around, updates you! [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


No Middle Games

Sometimes the queens are traded so early that we might wonder: “Where did the middlegame go?” IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering shows the game Bologan-Shimanov and reveals that the sacrifice in the endgame has several famous predecessors. [Subscribe / Single issue in our shop]

   The Endgame Explained


In Memory of Vugar Gashimov

This month IM Robert Ris shows two rook endings. The first is the game that was depicted in a giant diagram at Vugar Gashimov's grave in Baku: his win over Daniel Stellwagen in 2009, which decided the European Team Championship in Azerbaijan's favor. [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


John Bartholomew

John Bartholomew is a well respected chess trainer, has been the official coach for Team USA at the World Youth, worked with numerous state and national scholastic champions... but he's not a GM - so don't listen to any of the tips he has to offer! Laughing [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


Carlsen Beats Caruana in Final Round, Wins Shamkir Chess 2014

For the first time in three and a half years, GM Magnus Carlsen lost two games in a row at the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan. A football match on the rest day helped him to get back his mojo, and eventually the World Champ won yet another event. In the last round he defeated GM Fabiano Caruana to finish clear first, with a score of 6.5/10. Caruana came second as the only other player with a plus score: 5.5 points. And, somehow GM Sergey Karjakin drew all his games in Shamkir! Read the final report here.


No Bids Yet For Anand-Carlsen Rematch

It's a disturbing and perhaps unique situation for the chess world, at least in the past few decades: the World Chess Federation (FIDE) is still looking for a host city to organize the second world title match between GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Magnus Carlsen. The match is scheduled for November 2014, but on the deadline of April 30th, 2014 FIDE had not received any bids. “I think FIDE needs a new approach to selling the match. You need to look to other sports and how they commercialize big global events,” said Carlsen's manager. Read the full story here.


Vladimir Kramnik: “I don’t consider myself a genius.”

An interesting video interview with GM Vladimir Kramnik has appeared online, conducted by the independent Brazilian film maker Clara Cavour. She spoke with the 14th World Champion in a conference room of a Paris hotel, shortly after the Candidates’ Tournament. “Speaking as fast as he calculates moves, the Russian gave me a good afternoon chatting about art, beauty, life and chess,” writes Cavour on her personal website. You can watch the video interview and the full transcript here.


Andreikin's Attack Too Much for Le Quang in Death Match 24

What went right for World Blitz Champion GM Le Quang Liem in the first two hours of Death Match 24 Saturday? The first game. That's it. GM Dmitry Andreikin dropped the opener then pitched a shutout for the next 18 games, and eventually held off a late charge to win 18-11. It was the highest-rated Death Match in history! Read the final report here.

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  • 2 years ago


    Thank you for the response Danny. I apologize if my question was offensive, but I believed it to be a legitimate one. Diamond memberships are still advertised on this sight as "Unlimited access to all features!". I think the Master's Bulletin is a " feature".

    That statement was the basis upon which I purchased my membership - it seems unambiguous. It now appears to be factually incorrect.

  • 2 years ago


                   @Aquinas;  Like you, I'm a premium member but I have to pay extra to get insulted in the forums everyday.  Keep up the good work Danny!

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    No @Aquinas65, we are not adopting the "airline model" of charging for everything individually Tongue Out

    You get EVERYTHING has to offer with a Diamond Membership besides The Master's Bulletin. That model is NOT going to change and we have no plans to be adding MORE things for extra cost.

    The Bulletin is a special case... mainly, it's our first and only "digital magazine" (something that in and of itself is a completely new and different product than we have ever offered before). TMB has it's own original target demographic / audience (higher level players and / or amateurs who are *serious* about improving their chess) as well as its own struggles to produce and maintain from our side (financial, organizational, etc).

    Furthermore, the magazine itself was really born out of the ChessVibes Acquisition and hiring of Peter Doggers. ie, it's really based on providing ChessVibes and Members with an improved version of the old Chess Vibes Training magazines that Peter created and managed for so long. 

    I know, I know... that doesn't make you happy Wink -- but it's not a sign of things to come, it IS something different than our "normal features" you get with a Diamond Membership and I PROMISE you it's worth the subscription!


  • 2 years ago


    Is adopting the airline model of charging for everything individually? I would think that "Premium" members would get access to all services as part of the annual subscription price. Perhaps "Premium" memberships should be renamed something less optimistic.

  • 2 years ago

    FM MikeKlein

    Well, there goes the next 5 hours of my life. Reading all the good articles now Foot in Mouth

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