Fantasy Chess League

Fantasy Chess League

GM alexcolovic
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7 days ago

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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9 days ago

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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19 days ago

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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26 days ago

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...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 9

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 9

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 20, 2018

Two tame draws, Kramnik meltdown continues and a missed golden opportunity for Caruana are the highlights of the 9th round in Berlin. Karjakin is one of the rare players who enjoys playing against Kramnik and today he only proved the point. A pe...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 8

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 8

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 19, 2018

We have to thank Vladimir Kramnik again for the only decisive game of the round. And he doesn't seem to intend to change his head-through-wall strategy. Grischuk managed to surprise Kramnik in his beloved Semi-Tarrasch, but Kramnik navigated the...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 7

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 7

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 18, 2018

Half the tournament is behind us and Caruana is the sole leader. I expect the remainder of the tournament to be a two-horse race between him and Mamedyarov. The others have just fallen too much behind to be able to catch up. Caruana won his se...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 6

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 6

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 16, 2018

A shocking round. And it's all about Kramnik. MVL called Kramnik the player "who best understands chess." After seeing today's press conference where Big Vlad kept on talking how he was better and showing lines that he thought were good for h...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 5

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 5

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 15, 2018

They keep on trying! Aronian-Grischuk was the wild affair of the day. A complete mess where Aronian missed quite a few wins after which he is now stuck with thoughts like "what if". A second win in a row would have given him wings, now he's s...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 4

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 4

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 14, 2018

Can it actually get better than this? Aronian bounced back immediately, thanks to an awful mix-up by Karjakin. An inglorious tournament so far for the previous winner. Mamedyarov and So drew easily in spite of White's novelty in the Nimzo, ...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 3

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 3

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 12, 2018

Wow. And people said the (anti)-Berlin was dull. As long as there are ideas like ...Rg8, there will never be a dull line in chess! And as long as there are moves like 24...Bd5 chess will always be the royal game. The minor masterpiece of ...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 2

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 2

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 11, 2018

It's refreshing to see Kramnik on the White side of the Berlin. Though the result was the one we're used to, he did put an enormous pressure on Karjakin and probably a strong computer can find a breakthrough (mine couldn't, stubbornly showing 0...

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 1

Berlin Candidates 2018 - Round 1

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 10, 2018

What a start! And to make it even more exciting, the wildest game was the only draw of the round! Caruana surprised So with the Catalan and won seemingly without effort. Kramnik hired Giri as his second and the latter suggested 3 b3 against...

Dubov's Hippo in Moscow - Tal Memorial 2018

Dubov's Hippo in Moscow - Tal Memorial 2018

GM alexcolovic
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Mar 6, 2018

The Tal Memorial exceeded expectations. At least mine. The mixture of rapid and blitz never fails to produce excitement and entertainment! Anand is the current Rapid World Champion at 48 and now he won the Tal Memorial a full point ahead of t...

Going Crazy

Going Crazy

GM alexcolovic
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Feb 27, 2018

The subject applies to the young Russian star Vladimir Fedoseev and his play at the ongoing Aeroflot Open. An enterprising and energetic player, he won the tournament last year and stated he wanted to win it again. The way he plays though.....

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