On the eve of disaster

On the eve of disaster

GM Malev212
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Mar 27, 2018

On the eve of disaster   The Berlin Candidates tournament is about to finish. There were numerous online comments during the rounds and one I took a peek was the Shipov’s youtube channel. The other popular one is the Saint Louise che...

What we can learn from AlfaZero?

What we can learn from AlfaZero?

GM Malev212
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Dec 11, 2017

I like to discuss the fuss about AlfaZero. Some people, even chess players are praising it as something they never saw before and the authors behind AlfaZero wish to convey us that they created something which could learn chess in four hours an...

The dress code incident, who won and who lost.

The dress code incident, who won and who lost.

GM Malev212
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Oct 4, 2017

128 players started the World Cup and at the end there was a sole winner. The knock out format is cruesome, but in my opinion most democratic system used to determine the winner. Even current World Champion Magnus Carlsen took part of this comptet...

Smirnov and his thinking system

Smirnov and his thinking system

GM Malev212
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Aug 22, 2016

Dear chess friend,   My name is Jaan Ehlvest. I was one of the top tournament player during 1988 till 1991 when I finished the World Cup tournament series only behind Kasparov, Karpov and Salov. Nowadays I am devoted chess coach. I am very few ...

Announcement - Ask questions from Alexander Shabalov

Announcement - Ask questions from Alexander Shabalov

GM Malev212
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Aug 17, 2015

GM Alexander Shabalov the recent winner of the US Open is answering your questions next Sunday. The interview takes place here on www.chess.com on  live chess window  using the analyses board. We can accommodate only first 22 registered aficiona...

Rapid chess

Rapid chess

GM Malev212
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Mar 14, 2015

Rapid events are common in Baltic states. The idea of rapid chess was introduced into practice years ago in Soviet Estonia. Later European and World Championships were held at the end of 1980-s. The FIDE rapid and blitz Championships were organiz...

Handicap tournament in Pyhajarve

Handicap tournament in Pyhajarve

GM Malev212
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Dec 6, 2014

The strongest handicap tournament ever was held in Pyhajarve Estonia over the last weekend. It was 15th in a row thanks to former Estonian prime minister Mr. Tiit Vahi. The venue was Pyhajarve Spa http://www.pyhajarve.com/en/ and I was the lucky w...

How to beat King's Indian

How to beat King's Indian

GM Malev212
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Sep 2, 2014

                 There are many summer chess festivals in Europe. Some of them have a long tradition. The 48th edition of the Ilmar Raud Memorial was held from 30th June to 6th July 2014 at the Viljandi Sports Center in Viljandi, a town in souther...

Stolen analyses

Stolen analyses

GM Malev212
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Mar 26, 2014

Garry Kasparov was the best player of the last century, and despite his advancing age (at almost 42 years old he was one of the oldest player at the top level) he had continued his success in tournament chess.  In his last Linares tournament in 20...

How to learn from others part two

How to learn from others part two

GM Malev212
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Jun 2, 2012

Other great chess event just finished in Moscow. To really gasp the situation from internet is not really possible. This time at least the commentary was in good level thanks to the editor of New in Chess Dirk Jan Geuzendam. Over the net however y...

How to learn from others

How to learn from others

GM Malev212
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May 18, 2012

The first thing you need to do is to learn from your own mistakes and never repeat them. This advice from Botvinnik is the corestone to excellence. Problem is that you can not point out your mistakes yourself because even reading some books wher...

US Ch first round second part

US Ch first round second part

GM Malev212
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May 9, 2012

In previous post I mentioned the game Kasparo-Anand from Riga 1995 where Garry unexpectidly played the move 4.b4!? and won, he was coaching Nakamura last year and we saw that Naka used this line as suprise against Hess in the first round. Full cre...

US Ch first round

US Ch first round

GM Malev212
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May 9, 2012

Dear chess aficionados, I try to give time to time some comments on important events, like US Ch and ofcourse the World Championship match between Anand and Gelfand. First round in Saint Louise was very interesting, and my scepticism about the fu...

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