A Technical Win

A Technical Win

GM alexcolovic
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10 days ago

The Spanish Division de Honor, their Premier League, took place in Melilla from 30 September to 6 October. I was present during the tournament and had a chance to observe the games as they happened in the playing hall. As it turned out, every ro...

World Cup 2019 Impressions

World Cup 2019 Impressions

GM alexcolovic
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17 days ago

A huge knock-out tournament like the World Cup inevitably produces excitement and this excitement comes in many forms: unexpected streaks and winners, wild games, new opening ideas to name just a few. In this post I'll write about the things tha...

Opening Oddities from the World Cup 2019

Opening Oddities from the World Cup 2019

GM alexcolovic
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Sep 18, 2019

One of the most exciting tournaments to watch, the World Cup in Khanty Mansysk, is well under way. With every passing round the tension rises and as the usually say for knock-outs, the players with best nerves win. As I write this Round 3 finish...

The Taimanov Syndrome in St. Louis

The Taimanov Syndrome in St. Louis

GM alexcolovic
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Sep 7, 2019

The legendary champion sits behind the board once a year to the delight of all chess fans. Last year and this one the discipline he chose was Fischer Random. (Strangely enough the Americans prefer not to use the name of their great champion for ...

Carlsen's Comeback

Carlsen's Comeback

GM alexcolovic
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Sep 3, 2019

I cannot but admire the man. After the meltdown in the rapid and blitz he pulled himself together in the classical and basically closed down shop. Conservative, ultra-careful and safe he made 9 draws in a row. Curiously enough, the last draw fol...

Carlsen's Meltdown

Carlsen's Meltdown

GM alexcolovic
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Aug 19, 2019

The main story of the Sinquefield rapid and blitz was Carlsen's apparent inability to keep his composure. Carlsen's problem were his blunders. It has happened before that he starts with a loss or bad form, but this time he simply couldn't manage...

Lack of Opening Ideas

Lack of Opening Ideas

GM alexcolovic
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Aug 6, 2019

The non-stop playing of the top players is taking its toll. There is no time to rest, there is no time to think things through, there is no time to invent new ideas. The players play and it is their seconds and helpers who do the hard work of co...

Opening Cycles

Opening Cycles

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 26, 2019

Nowadays chess theory develops by the minute. New ideas appear constantly and it is difficult to follow every single one of them. But sometimes it is not necessary to do so. The openings in chess have their cycles. A characteristic cycle of an o...

Total Domination

Total Domination

GM alexcolovic
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Jul 10, 2019

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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Jun 18, 2019

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 ...

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