Bronstein- Brushstrokes of an Artist

Bronstein- Brushstrokes of an Artist

kamalakanta
| 15 days ago

Imagine if you could see a video in slow motion of Rembrandt working on one of his paintings. you could follow all his brushstrokes, enjoying  the subtleness, beauty and phrasing, their musicality and artistic touch. You could see how the pai...

Petrosian Learns from Capablanca

Petrosian Learns from Capablanca

kamalakanta
| 17 days ago

Dear chess lovers, some reflections on a positional theme- the minority attack in the Queen's Gambit Declined. In 1963, Tigran V. Petrosian challenged Mikhail Botvinnik for the World Championship and succeeded in winning the match! With the Blac...

Tal Destroys Botvinnik's French Defense!

Tal Destroys Botvinnik's French Defense!

kamalakanta
| Nov 18, 2020

After winning the 1959 Candidates' Tournament in Bled, Yugoslavia, Tal was asked what would be his opening move if he got White on the first game of his upcoming World Championship Match with Botvinnik. Tal replied that he would open with 1.e...

How to Get Better at Chess?

How to Get Better at Chess?

kamalakanta
| Jul 31, 2020

What does the title of this article have to do with the image? NOTHING! I just thought "let me put a catchy, trendy title like we see ALMOST EVERY DAY at chess.com, and combine it with a funny picture. The problem is, most of the readers mig...

How Great Was Lasker?

How Great Was Lasker?

kamalakanta
| Jul 14, 2020

This is almost an impossible question to answer! I have spent the last 4 weeks thinking about this, and came to one conclusion: he is immeasurably great! I know, in a time of ratings and chessmetrics, we feel that we can measure everything: "I can...

Benoni/Benko- A Bolt of Lightning!

Benoni/Benko- A Bolt of Lightning!

kamalakanta
| Jul 3, 2020

The Modern Benoni (also called the Indo-Benoni) has been the favorite of attacking players for generations. I first became aware of it through some of the games of Mikhail Tal. It seemed to fit his style perfectly!    Recently I wa...

Different, But Similar in a Metaphoric Way

Different, But Similar in a Metaphoric Way

kamalakanta
| Jun 29, 2020

In a recent post, my dear friend simaginfan published an article about the chess games of Jozsef Szen, an extraordinary Hungarian player. One of the games caught my attention, because it reminded me of another game, played almost one hundre...

The Pillars of Creation

The Pillars of Creation

kamalakanta
| Jun 24, 2020

Vladimir Kramnik is one of my favorite chessplayers. His games have an organic strength about them; they ooze with inner strength, confidence and conviction. I feel like I am witnessing a distillation of Rubinstein and Smyslov combined.  Like...

What a Difference 8 Years Makes! (Sweet Revenge!)

What a Difference 8 Years Makes! (Sweet Revenge!)

kamalakanta
| May 23, 2020

Dear chess lovers, many of you will know about these two games, and many of you will not. Some of us here at chess.com insist on the wisdom and importance of exploring and studying the games of the great Masters (who were actually of Grandmaster...