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The best of Igors Rausis

The best of Igors Rausis

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| 27 days ago

Igors Rausis aka Igor Kondylev, Isa Kasimi has died. Probably (and deservedly) the most known chess cheater since Wolfgang von Kempelen, he was, at the same time, a real chess player.In the 1990s I placed a position in which he found his [EXCELLEN...

Move to Victory: Online and Offline

Move to Victory: Online and Offline

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Mar 21, 2023

On 5th March 2023, on behalf of the Odessa Region Chess Federation, I organised the MOVE TO VICTORY (in Ukrainian: "HID DO PEREMOHY") international online blitz with 318 participants. In was 9-round Swiss system tournament with 5 GMs and no less t...

The Odessa Blitz

The Odessa Blitz

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Jul 9, 2022

On Sunday, July 3rd 2022 the first Mikhail Belakovskiy Memorial blitz tournament took place in the Jewish Cultural Centre Beit Grand in Odessa (Odesa). The event was organised by the 3-time US women's champion WGM Anjelina Belakovskaia @Anjelina...

Some Chess in Times of War

Some Chess in Times of War

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| May 29, 2022

I wasn’t updating my chess blog for a while, as it’s hardly a time now for my most usual topics. Re-publication of the more or less curious old Chess Today stuff is something that I hope to continue doing after the Ukrainian victory in...

The End Of Era

The End Of Era

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Mar 11, 2022

"The end of the Putin era" ("Konets epokhi Putina") is a chess problem, virtually the only chess problem ever composed by me (in different years I also composed several chess studies), first published on 27th September 2007. MATE IN TWO ...

European Teams: How Ukraine prevailed

European Teams: How Ukraine prevailed

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Nov 23, 2021

After looking closely at the most critical victory of Ukraine from the European Team Championship final round against Armenia, I can only confess that not much can be understood in this game with engines' assessments, available to mere mortals the...

Three memorable games from Tatiana Morosova

Three memorable games from Tatiana Morosova

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Nov 16, 2021

The chess master Tatiana Morosova (1943-2021) has passed away in Odessa. In the last decades of her life she was known as a passionate chess coach, and author of two chess books and non-chess online works. She was a strong player and became Uk...

The Old Tricks #5: The Worst Alekhine

The Old Tricks #5: The Worst Alekhine

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Nov 10, 2021

In the past, the speculative and tricky 5...Nd7? variation in the Alekhine's Defence has been used by Bent Larsen and other grandmasters, and remained unrefuted for many years until the active involvement of engines in chess preparation. Now, the ...

The Old Tricks #4: Ivanchuk vs Alekhine's

The Old Tricks #4: Ivanchuk vs Alekhine's

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Nov 3, 2021

This time I have one more little known Ivanchuk game - with my annоtations as they appeared in Chess Today in 2011 (yes, computers are getting very strong, and analysis can be improved pretty easily, if one takes a closer look). But, the puzzle fi...

My First Thousand Titled Tuesday Games

My First Thousand Titled Tuesday Games

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Sep 19, 2021

I recently found out that I have already played more than one thousand (precisely 1002) Titled Tuesday blitz games - if a dozen of games from tournaments, canceled for technical reasons after some four rounds, is included. This milestone deserve...

The Family Chess Tournament in Odessa

The Family Chess Tournament in Odessa

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Sep 12, 2021

On the 11th September 2021, The Family Chess Tournament, organised by GM Natalia Zhukova and the city chess federation, took place in Odessa. It was one of events from the Day of Physical Culture and Sports. This is celebrated in Ukraine every y...

The Old Tricks #1: Ivanchuk's Rare Luck

The Old Tricks #1: Ivanchuk's Rare Luck

GM Mikhail_Golubev
| Aug 29, 2021

In order to add some sense to my @chesscom blog, from time to time I will post games/fragments here that deserve, in my humble opinion, to be better known. Please don't expect too much - streams/videos, jumping and screaming, while I'm commenting ...

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