July & August Bulletins
My adventures at the Tromsø Olympiad probably deserve a separate blog post, but meanwhile two new issues of The Master's Bulletin have appeared! I do want to share with you guys what we did this summer.
As I wrote before, in June I attended the World Rapid & Blitz Championships in Dubai which took place right after the Norway Chess tournament. I was only in Stavanger for the last three days, but it was enough to experience the hospitality of the (very professional) Norwegian organizers.
The bigger part of the July Bulletin deals with that great event, which was won by Sergey Karjakin for the second time in a row. GM Alexander Ipatov analyzes the five best games from Stavanger, GM Georg Meier looks at Simen Agdestein's Classical French and IM Danny Rensch & GM Alex Lenderman deal with Levon Aronian's Ragozin Defense.
This month's Beyond the Board column is written by the four-time U.S. Champion GM Alexander Shabalov. The tactics were selected by yours truly this time as IM Robert Ris spent some time in a football stadium in Brazil (jealous!) and on Copacabana Beach (OK, I was there once). After returning home, he did write the endgame column, this month about a special rook endgame technique: cutting off horizontal.
IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering found an amazing game that saw no less than three different openings, and IM Yochanan Afek again selected three studies. The GM tips for beginners are by GM Dejan Bojkov, followed by another Member's Analysis Analyzed by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, the top blogs and leader boards.
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!
I went to Italy, and Lucca, Elba and Tuscany were the three areas where I spent most of the time. Especially Elba, where we went spontaneously (contrary to Napoleon), made a very nice impression. Another very pleasant memory is the wine tasting we did at one of the fattorias in Tuscany, enjoying some different types of Chianti Classico!
Right after my holidays I went straight to the Olympiad in Tromsø, but because of the deadline of this magazine, that will be covered next month. Instead, the featured article of the August issue, by GM Robin van Kampen, discusses the five best games of July.
This time both opening articles are not traditional, so to speak. The first, by blitz specialist GM Max Dlugy, is about which openings are most suitable for blitz(!), inspired by the recent World Blitz Championship in Dubai. The second, by GM Alex Yermolinsky, is about a rare but interesting setup for Black against 1.d4 openings: ...d5, ...e6, ...g6, Bg7, ...Nc6, ...¤ge7 and often ...b6. Try it!
This month's Beyond the Board column is by the two-time Polish Champion GM Bartek Macieja. For his Middlegame Musings column, IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering found a theme that's closely related to one of Nimzowitsch's ideas: the “mysterious bishop move”. As always, lots of interesting background there.
IM Robert Ris selected new tactics and for his endgame column he did look at the Olympiad (the early rounds) where he found some instructive blunders and turn-arounds committed by both super grandmasters and lesser known stars. We end with three endgame studies selected by IM Yochanan Afek, 5 tips for beginner players by IM Valeri Lilov, followed by another Member's Analysis Analyzed by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, the top blogs and leader boards.
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