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Vidit-Pragg....f5 Against the Ruy!

Vidit-Pragg....f5 Against the Ruy!

kamalakanta
| 25 days ago

Dear chess lovers, in the recent FIDE Candidates' Tournament 2024, Praggnanandhaa played the ....f5 variation against Vidit's Ruy Lopez. In the chessgames.com database, the first instance of this opening being played is a correspondence game from ...

The Flow of Creative Ideas....

The Flow of Creative Ideas....

kamalakanta
| Apr 22, 2024

Sergey Voronkov has published a three-volume set of books titled "Masterpieces and Dramas of the Soviet Championships". These books are masterpieces of chess literature and chess history. Each chapters has, before the actual games shown, stori...

Rivers Flow Into the Ocean

Rivers Flow Into the Ocean

kamalakanta
| Dec 18, 2023

Where do I start? So many thoughts to share on one simple theme....pushing the e-pawn! But of course, there is more to it than that. This article ties Keres and Euwe, Bronstein and Gukesh in one theme..... The funny thing is that I have been t...

Play Like a Girl!- Part 2

Play Like a Girl!- Part 2

kamalakanta
| Dec 9, 2023

In 1994, Alexei Shirov was ranked #2 in the world. Yet Judit Polgar beat him in 21 moves! Polgar placed 3rd in Amsterdam 1995, ahead of various world-class players: Here is the game against Shirov: On page 361 of the 2nd volume in her ...

Einstein on Consciousness

Einstein on Consciousness

kamalakanta
| Oct 19, 2023

Peace. I have been meaning to write a blog post, and while I am aware of the fact that all human activities should, in principle, continue during moments of conflict and strife, my heart hurts too much to dedicate my creative energy to a chess a...

A King's Indian Lesson from Bronstein

A King's Indian Lesson from Bronstein

kamalakanta
| Aug 14, 2023

Where to start? This game caught my attention; Ravinsky-Bronstein, Moscow Championship 1946. Now, one thing that Bronstein points out in his books is the fact that both the Moscow Championship and the Soviet Championships often featured t some ...

A Firefly Looking at the Moon

A Firefly Looking at the Moon

kamalakanta
| Aug 6, 2023

When I examine, in any detail, the games of the great Masters-Teachers whom I admire (Chigorin, Rubinstein, Capablanca, Alekhine, Bronstein, Nimzowitsch, Lasker, Tartakower, Keres, and now Romanovsky) I cannot help but feel like a firefly looking ...

Do You Want to Win? Sacrifice Your Queen on c4!

Do You Want to Win? Sacrifice Your Queen on c4!

kamalakanta
| May 10, 2023

Hi! Creative geniuses like Geller and Bronstein intersect today in this theme....sacrifice your Queen on c4! Bronstein's game has an interesting story. In the 1960 Mar del Plata Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bronstein was due to play ...

When a Blocked Position is Not Really Blocked!

When a Blocked Position is Not Really Blocked!

kamalakanta
| Apr 4, 2023

"Experience is the greatest Teacher." And I would have to add that good Teachers are those who are able to transmit the wisdom of their experience! In this regard, certain chess authors stand out as great Teachers: Chigorin, Steinitz, Tarrasch, ...

A Work of Art

A Work of Art

kamalakanta
| Mar 11, 2023

Chess is so many things......different things to different people....to the chess professional, chess is work. To club tournament players, chess may be mostly a sport. To me, chess is Art. And thus it was with some of the greatest players of the...

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

kamalakanta
| Mar 2, 2023

Today's elite players are indeed great. They also play openings that our ancestors played more than 100 years ago! One of my favorite chess streams is Chessbase India, with Sagar Shah. He is really entertaining, and at the same time very profess...

Smyslov Inspires Petrosian's Masterpiece

Smyslov Inspires Petrosian's Masterpiece

kamalakanta
| Feb 23, 2023

Chess is not infinite; yet it is wide enough to baffle the human mind. While computers continue to amaze us with their capacity for calculation, elite GMs are still finding ways to stay creative. Chess is not exhausted, far from it. It is a game, ...

A Masterpiece by Chigorin

A Masterpiece by Chigorin

kamalakanta
| Feb 14, 2023

A few weeks ago I wanted to publish a multi-game post about Chigorin's endgame prowess. This came about because I had read a quote stating that Chigorin was a very skilled rook endgame player. The truth is, Chigorin was a world-class Master at eve...

Nezhmetdinov- A Quiet Masterpiece

Nezhmetdinov- A Quiet Masterpiece

kamalakanta
| Jan 22, 2023

"His games reveal the beauty of chess and make you love in chess not so much the points and high placings, but the wonderful harmony and elegance of this particular world." "In Nezhmetdinov, more than in anybody else, you can see the difference ...

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