Total Domination

Total Domination

GM alexcolovic
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6 days ago

Carlsen is winning everything. I have to admit that I like that. I enjoyed watching Kasparov win everything in the 90s. Perhaps I feel that chess is a game of kings and it needs a proper king to rule and show his strength. In 1959 t...

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

Anticlimactic Altibox 2019

GM alexcolovic
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28 days ago

I don't understand why people start with the premise that a draw is bad. When the premise is erroneous then everything that follows cannot be right. The way too many attempts at tinkering with the format of chess tournaments has led to me...

Short and Sweet Najdorf

Short and Sweet Najdorf

GM alexcolovic
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May 23, 2019

Normally when it is sweet we want it to last and this particular one lasts for 50 minutes. Does it qualify as short then? You probably realise by now that I'm talking about Chessable's Short & Sweet courses that are free and provide a short ...

Video Update of My Najdorf Repertoire

Video Update of My Najdorf Repertoire

GM alexcolovic
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May 21, 2019

After the release of my Najdorf repertoire for Chessable I received a lot of positive feedback - people were happy with what I managed: to condense the Najdorf to a manageable size. You can read the details in my previous post where I outlined m...

Sochi Impressions

Sochi Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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May 17, 2019

Several days ago I was invited to open the first Archibald Chess Professional tournament, organised by the Archibald Chess Company in Sochi, Russia. While I didn't get to see much of Sochi, there was plenty of action on the boards. It is so much...

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

Refutation of the Gothenburg Variation

GM alexcolovic
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May 16, 2019

Or perhaps I should have named this post "How to Make a Draw Among Friends?" The tournament in Ivory Coast, part of the Grand Chess Tour, saw the game Karjakin-Nepomniachtchi in Round 1. It featured the Gothenburg Variation of the Najdorf. A l...

Carlsen's Sveshnikov

Carlsen's Sveshnikov

GM alexcolovic
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May 9, 2019

Bobby Fischer said that a turning point in his career came when he realised that he can play for a win with Black too, even against the strongest players. I assume that this realisation must have happened during the period 1960-1963, because at ...

My European Championship 2019 - Part III

My European Championship 2019 - Part III

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 13, 2019

In Round 9 I was White against GM Santos Ruiz, rated 2560 and one of Spain's brightest prospects. I noticed he had some problems in the Ruy Lopez and I expected him to switch to the Najdorf, his other main opening. I again managed to use a line I'...

My European Championship 2019 - Part II

My European Championship 2019 - Part II

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 8, 2019

After the two losses I was paired with a lower rated opponent. In Round 5 I was facing WGM Maltsevskaya, 16-year old Russian talent rated 2252 and a World Champion for girls under 20 from 2018. For the game analysis please see here. The game t...

My European Championship 2019 - Part I

My European Championship 2019 - Part I

GM alexcolovic
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Apr 4, 2019

I expected it to be tough and it was. Just that I didn't expect it would be so from the very beginning. Generally speaking my result at the tournament was acceptable. Even though I performed around my rating and scored a +1 (6 out of 11) and it ...

A Beautiful Zugzwang

A Beautiful Zugzwang

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 15, 2019

Solving studies is never easy, but it is very beneficial. It develops the good habits of disciplined and structured thinking and often demands self-control in a situation where it appears that one side has a lot of options. In such cases ...

The Najdorf - A Repertoire

The Najdorf - A Repertoire

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 4, 2019

The Najdorf. The ultimate desire for many, a common-place occurrence for others. I have a feeling that when it comes to the Najdorf there are two possible feelings about it: you either love it or you're petrified of it. I have always fallen ...

Square Off - World's Smartest Chessboard

Square Off - World's Smartest Chessboard

GM alexcolovic
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Feb 25, 2019

When I was a kid my father bought me the computer Mephisto Munchen. A multiple-world champion on a heavy wooden board, Staunton pieces and a strong opponent were a good substitute for practical play when I couldn't play tournaments (and that wa...

Chess as Spectator Sport

Chess as Spectator Sport

GM alexcolovic
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Feb 14, 2019

If chess players are taking half an hour to make some moves, how can you honestly enjoy watching it live? This question is the core problem with chess becoming a spectator sport. Of course, I'm talking here about classical chess, not rapid or bl...

Kramnik

Kramnik

GM alexcolovic
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Feb 2, 2019

I am not sure how I felt the moment I read that Vladimir Kramnik was retiring. But I am sure that the next day I was sad. If I could condense into one single word what I feel and think about the man that word would be respect. He earned i...

Wijk aan Zee 2019 Impressions

Wijk aan Zee 2019 Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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Jan 21, 2019

After Round 8 we have a very curious situation in Wijk aan Zee - we have World Champions on both ends of the standings. The last two World Champions are leading the field with 5.5/8. The one before them is dead-last with 2/8. While ...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Tie-Break

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Tie-Break

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 28, 2018

It was one-sided, even though it shouldn't have been. Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It seems like a stroke of genius now, that draw offer in Game 12. It is all justified looking backwards, there is no argument against success. And that succe...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 12

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 12

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 26, 2018

This was definitely not the end of the match I expected. Staying loyal to their principles and preparation the last game saw another Sveshnikov. The last time a Sicilian was played in a World Championship final game that was decisive for the out...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 11

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 11

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 24, 2018

Carlsen really decided to shut it down for his last White game. It started very promising. Carlsen's 1 e4 was met with the Petroff and this time he went for one of the most critical lines, the modern 5 Nc3. Caruana deviated slightly from his usu...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 10

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 10

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 22, 2018

Another game I watched live at the venue. It is incredible how the impression of seeing the game without (or sparse) engine input affects the whole experience. As you will see in the comments below, the humans observing often liked one or the ot...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 9

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Game 9

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 21, 2018

What a day. I spent the whole day in (and out) of the playing hall in Holborn College. I went to all the possible places: the scene where they play, the media centre, the VIP room, the live commentary room. I can tell you that the World Champion...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 8

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 8

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 19, 2018

The first open Sicilian proved that it was worth waiting for. If only they started playing it from Game 1... It became obvious to Team Caruana that Carlsen was feeling more comfortable in the maneuvering positions arising from the Rossolimo, som...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 7

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 7

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 18, 2018

Perhaps I shouldn't have taken the World Champion too seriously. After all he is making everybody laugh at the press conferences. Carlsen said that having two Whites in a row was an advantage and one he was looking forward to. With these two Whi...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 6

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 6

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 16, 2018

A game that shows Caruana's strategy. Carlsen chose a sterile line for his first of the two Whites he is getting. He tested Caruana's preparation and when the latter showed it they entered a symmetrical endgame position. Carlsen probably hoped t...

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