The wizard of Petroff

The wizard of Petroff

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5 days ago

One of Fabiano Caruana's most incredible achievements is that he turned Petroff defense into a fun and dangerous weapon. Think of it for a second. The symmetric and rock solid Petroff, the opening that makes Berlin defense look exciting in ...

Smyslov's Slav vs Hammertime

Smyslov's Slav vs Hammertime

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6 days ago

An amateur chess player like me does not get to play against Grandmasters very often, and so I was extremely happy when I was paired with Jon Ludvig Hammer in the 1st round of today's Titled Tuesday. This tournament starts terribly early, a...

The Power of Quiet Moves

The Power of Quiet Moves

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7 days ago

I am rarely satisfied with my own blitz games, but a few days ago I won a nice one that illustrates a rare topic of quiet moves. This game saw a little bit of everything – positional struggle on the queenside, followed by a knight sac...

Young genius: Magnus Carlsen at Aeroflot 2004

Young genius: Magnus Carlsen at Aeroflot 2004

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11 days ago

The first time I heard about Magnus Carlsen was when the future World Champion was 13 years old. In early 2004 I came across the following game that was played in Aeroflot Open, a famous annual Grandmaster tournament in Moscow. That game has been ...

Carlsen vs Caruana: personalities and styles

Carlsen vs Caruana: personalities and styles

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19 days ago

Today's super grandmasters can do everything in chess, but they still have their unique preferences, their own strengths and weaknesses. In this article we will look at Carlsen and Caruana from the point of view of their personalities and playing ...

Carlsen vs Caruana: psychology and history

Carlsen vs Caruana: psychology and history

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23 days ago

The World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana is less than three weeks away, so it is a great time for predictions and analysis. I believe that the outcome of this match will be mostly decided by psychological factors. ...

A rare case of twin games

A rare case of twin games

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26 days ago

In a previous blog post we were looking at knight sacrifices on g7. The most famous of such sacrifices occurred in one of Mikhail Tal's games and there is a famous "hippo story" that is connected with it. The story is so famous that it...

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