Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Tie-Break

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - Tie-Break

GM alexcolovic
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13 days ago

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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15 days ago

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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17 days ago

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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19 days ago

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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20 days ago

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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22 days ago

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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23 days ago

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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25 days ago

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...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 5

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 5

GM alexcolovic
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26 days ago

Caruana tried, but failed to impress anybody. At first sight the move 6 b4 looks exciting and aggressive, but it was in fact a test of Carlsen's memory. And the World Champion passed it without problems. It is worth noting that Caruana again s...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 4

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 4

GM alexcolovic
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28 days ago

The shortest game of the match so far and in fact there was only one critical moment in it. Carlsen opened with 1 c4, adding more options right from the start. Would Caruana try to go for QGD set-ups with 1...e6 or would he go symmetrical with 1...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 3

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 3

GM alexcolovic
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29 days ago

A rather unconvincing showing by both players. Caruana deviated from Game 1 and chose the rare 6 0-0 in the Rossolimo (I'm afraid we won't be seeing an Open Sicilian any time soon). The omission of h3 introduces many subtleties in the upcom...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 2

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 2

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 10, 2018

The players keep surprising me. In my Preview I argued that Carlsen would play 1 e4 because after it the preparation can successfully be narrowed down. The point is that after 1 d4 Black has more satisfactory defences than after 1 e4 (where basi...

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 1

Carlsen-Caruana,WCh 2018 - Game 1

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 9, 2018

What a start of the match! I never expected Carlsen to be that aggressive from the get-go. In fact, I never imagined he could play something other than 1…e5. It was quite a shock for me to see the Sicilian! Is this a match strategy to be ...

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - A Preview

Carlsen-Caruana, WCh 2018 - A Preview

GM alexcolovic
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Nov 1, 2018

This match will probably be called a classic, no matter which way it goes and how it goes. The previous match was between childhood rivals, but one was afraid of the other, and the fearful tried to dry it out. This match won't be like that....

Isle Of Man 2018

Isle Of Man 2018

GM alexcolovic
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Oct 29, 2018

The open of Isle of Man cannot be stronger than it already is. Last year it had Carlsen and Caruana and everybody else, while this year it “only” had everybody else. Apart from the appearance fees, I can see only one reason why the e...

On The Way To The QGD - A Video Course

On The Way To The QGD - A Video Course

GM alexcolovic
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Oct 26, 2018

The third and final part of my repertoire based on the QGD is out and this concludes the whole series. This means that now there is a video course to complement the analysis for "everything except 1 e4." This part is divided in 4 chapters, The L...

European Club Cup 2018

European Club Cup 2018

GM alexcolovic
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Oct 20, 2018

It's been hectic, chaotic, exhausting yet curiously rewarding time since the Olympiad finished. In the few days between the Olympiad and the European Club Cup I thought I would rest, but life thought otherwise. So going to Porto Carras I was alr...

Batumi Impressions

Batumi Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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Oct 7, 2018

I am not writing about chess this time. I wanted to offer you a glimpse into the world of chess politics. As I didn't play at the Olympiad I was engaged in the social aspect and in an election year this is the most important thing to do. I mus...

Bad In Batumi

Bad In Batumi

GM alexcolovic
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Sep 25, 2018

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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Sep 17, 2018

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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Sep 5, 2018

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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Aug 29, 2018

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...

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