Bad In Batumi

Bad In Batumi

GM alexcolovic
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11 hrs ago

A personal view on the conditions in Batumi. In fact, we are not even in the city. The entrances to the playing halls, the transport, the queues... It isn't the celebration an Olympiad should be. https://www.alexcolovic.com/2018/09/bad-in-ba...

Training With A Grandmaster

Training With A Grandmaster

GM alexcolovic
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8 days ago

During my recent trip to England one of the more fun things I did was to record a video together with my friend David. Our idea was to show how a lesson with a grandmaster looks like. My training process is centered on improving the student&rsqu...

Dubov's Ideas

Dubov's Ideas

GM alexcolovic
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20 days ago

In the just-finished Russian Superfinal (shared first for Jakovenko and Andreikin, tie-break to follow soon!) there were many games worth taking a look at.  In my latest post I take a look at the novelties and ideas of one of the game's mos...

Sinquefield Cup 2018 - A Threesome

Sinquefield Cup 2018 - A Threesome

GM alexcolovic
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27 days ago

The Sinquefield Cup finished and I share my thoughts on several topics. The first one is the crucial game Carlsen-Caruana and the implications it may have on their match. The second one is Nakamura and Karjakin, both awful in Saint Louis. Unfo...

Return To Hotel Anibal

Return To Hotel Anibal

GM alexcolovic
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Aug 18, 2018

The venue of the legendary Wimbledon of Chess! I stepped back into the lobby of the Anibal after exactly 16 and a half years! Now the venue of the Spanish Segunda Division, it felt phenomenal to play in the same playing hall as the greats in 200...

Mastering Chess Middlegames - A Review

Mastering Chess Middlegames - A Review

GM alexcolovic
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Aug 16, 2018

Recently I had a look at this classic and liked what I saw! Panchenko's material is similar to the way how I envisage the ideal chess instruction. A position is set up and the student thinks about it for a while. Then what he thought of is discu...

Shakh-Attack Destroys Biel 2018

Shakh-Attack Destroys Biel 2018

GM alexcolovic
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Aug 2, 2018

Impressive victory by Mamedyarov, finishing a point and a half ahead of the World Champion while beating him in their match! In his own words, one of the best tournaments of his life, where everything seemed to fall in place for Shakhriyar. I ...

Peace in Biel

Peace in Biel

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 25, 2018

A fantastic game by Nico Georgiadis to draw with the World Champion! This is especially noteworthy because he managed to achieve this result after three consecutive losses. Even more worthy of praise is the manner in which he achieved the draw -...

Bloodshed in Biel

Bloodshed in Biel

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 24, 2018

All eyes are on the World Champion and he doesn't fail to entertain! Carlsen is openly more aggressive in Biel, showing ambition with both White and Black. In Round 1 he sacrificed a queen, in Round 2 he played the Pirc against Vachier (you do...

Nepo Wins Dortmund 2018

Nepo Wins Dortmund 2018

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 22, 2018

With a smashing last-round win over Meier, Nepomniachtchi won a second tournament in a row. The last 3 rounds proved decisive - first Nepo beat Kramnik (who seems to be doing quite the opposite of what Botvinnik used to say!), then he saved a lo...

Dortmund 2018 - Rounds 1-3

Dortmund 2018 - Rounds 1-3

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 18, 2018

The Dortmund tournament is underway with some new faces and some old ones. Kramnik is trying to win the tournament for the 11th time, Giri is trying to win a tournament for a 1st time after 2011. And they were working together in Berlin at the C...

Fantasy Chess League

Fantasy Chess League

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 11, 2018

Everybody knows of Fantasy Leagues, but I don't think I've heard of one dealing with chess! As I recently discovered, there actually is one here on chess.com - https://www.chess.com/club/fantasy-chess-league. The rules are pretty much the...

A Spoilt Masterpiece

A Spoilt Masterpiece

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 9, 2018

A spoilt winning game hurts more than just a lost one. A spoilt masterpiece hurts like hell. I analyse one such game played by my good friend GM Neelotpal, his comments of the crucial moment included. Also a fantastic achievement by GM Tivia...

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

GM alexcolovic
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Jun 29, 2018

An account of my trip to Russia and back. Watching the World Cup was certainly an experience I wanted, though some of the problems that occurred I would have preferred to avoid. Hint: fear of flying is bad. In the end, a selection of Caruana-i...

On The Road Again

On The Road Again

GM alexcolovic
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Jun 22, 2018

On the road again. To Russia, but surprisingly not chess-related. Driving more than 2000km one-way. Yeah, I know. The reason? To see the World Cup. Plus some chess in the post, of course, touching upon Caruana's issues. Please read the ...

QGD Video Course

QGD Video Course

GM alexcolovic
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Jun 14, 2018

I am very happy to announce that my video course for the book Queen's Gambit Declined: A Grandmaster Explains is out! I wrote this book for the Chessable platform and with their video-sync technology it allowed me to expand on the already explai...

A Very Busy Period

A Very Busy Period

GM alexcolovic
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Jun 11, 2018

It's been quite a while since I posted, but there were several good reasons for that. The details are to be found here, while a short description would be: recording more than 8h of video, playing a Congress, flying around Europe, playing an ope...

Luck In Chess

Luck In Chess

GM alexcolovic
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May 23, 2018

Do you believe in luck when playing a game of chess? Or do you, as Bobby Fischer, think that "chess depends on you"? Or, perhaps, you ask yourself, "Do I feel lucky?" Definition of luck is "success brought by chance". In this post I discu...

Ju Wenjun World Champion

Ju Wenjun World Champion

GM alexcolovic
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May 20, 2018

FIDE just went too far with this. Ignoring a World Championship match that it supposed to be the pinnacle of all that is chess is atrocious. Yet they did it. Gens una sumus? I don't think so. They are just so worried about securing their posi...

An Idea From Cuba

An Idea From Cuba

GM alexcolovic
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May 11, 2018

The Capablanca Memorial is under way in Havana. Browsing through the games I noticed a very interesting idea in the Rossolimo Sicilian by GM Yuri Gonzalez. I wonder whether it was inspired by Grischuk's Bd2 from Berlin. I played in Cuba twi...

Gashimov Memorial & US Championship Wrap-Up

Gashimov Memorial & US Championship Wrap-Up

GM alexcolovic
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May 3, 2018

The tournaments are long-finished and a lot has already been written about them, so in my post I'm looking at some personal observations. In Shamkir it was the non-games and the way the players use their preparation to basically have a day of...

Gashimov Memorial and US Championship

Gashimov Memorial and US Championship

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 21, 2018

All draws doesn't mean you cannot learn from them. I analyse the very instructive "boring" theoretical draw between Mamedyarov and Carlsen and show how deeply psychological Carlsen's opening preparation is. I also discuss Nakamura's lack of pr...

Caruana Marches On

Caruana Marches On

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 12, 2018

A round-up of Caruana's triumph in Karlsruhe. Amazing that 3 of his 4 wins were with Black, with the Petroff again snatching a last-round win! Analysis of his win against Vachier (a difficult to understand game from Vachier's perspective!) ...

The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 8, 2018

As I wrote during the Candidates, I was also scheduled to play during that period. I think that with all due respect to Berlin, the place where I played was better. The tourament was excellent, my score and result not bad either. The most impo...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Rounds 10-14

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Rounds 10-14

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 1, 2018

After returning home after my tournament (where I finished second!) it is time to round-up the Candidates. An extensive report on the last 5 rounds in Berlin. Karjakin's amazing comeback, Caruana's excellence, Ding's resilience, Grischuk's ope...

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