Rubinstein and Botvinnik learn from Chigorin

Rubinstein and Botvinnik learn from Chigorin

kamalakanta
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19 days ago

"Grandmasters steal from each other. Most do not want to admit it." (GM David Bronstein paraphrase) Indeed, I read something along those lines in one of David Bronstein's books, either the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" or "Secret Notes". Both are grea...

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

Kotronias-Gufeld...A Work of Art!

kamalakanta
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Jan 15, 2019

Looking for inspiration, to see if I play in the Icelandic Chess Club Championship at the end of February, I find myself looking at Gufeld's games.... And then I found this jewel! I know, I know, beauty is a subjective thing....but when I went...

Courage- The Essential Element in Chess

Courage- The Essential Element in Chess

kamalakanta
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Jan 8, 2019

The following game shows two warriors going at it- from the first few moves, no compromise, but an adventure, a quest, and a question- who will win this battle? It was my favorite player, David Bronstein, who stated: "Chess is not a battle of id...

Andras Adorjan- A True Creator!

Andras Adorjan- A True Creator!

kamalakanta
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Dec 11, 2018

Andras Adorjan is a supremely creative player, an innovator who influenced both Candidates' Matches and World Championship matches with his original ideas. In this article we will take a look at one of his original ideas in the Queen's Indian De...

What Shape is the Elephant? (Part I)

What Shape is the Elephant? (Part I)

kamalakanta
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Dec 3, 2018

There is a famous story, which I believe originated in India. Five blind brothers were asking themselves, what is the shape of the elephant? So they decided to find out. They went to the river and touched the elephant. One of the brothers touche...

Gelfand-kramnik, Berlin 1996- The Force of Truth!

Gelfand-kramnik, Berlin 1996- The Force of Truth!

kamalakanta
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Nov 30, 2018

Kramnik plays in a style that reminds me of two players: Rubinstein and Smyslov. He is a player of world-class strength, whose moves carry abundant power. Both Lasker and Petrosian spoke about the search for Truth in their chess, about the force o...

What's in a Face? (Illyin-Genevsky)

What's in a Face? (Illyin-Genevsky)

kamalakanta
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Nov 22, 2018

I knew of his win against Capablanca in Moscow, 1925, in a game where he sacrificed his Queen.... and then, the next day, Lasker sacrifices his Queen against him in the opening, and wins! I like his face...there is a soulfu...

Ivanchuk-Kramnik.....Genius vs. Genius!

Ivanchuk-Kramnik.....Genius vs. Genius!

kamalakanta
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Nov 19, 2018

Lately I have been drawn to Kramnik. A few year ago, when I bought his book "Kramnik: My Life and Games", co- authored with Iakov Damsky, I was struck by a few things....the force of his moves and concepts, the overall solidity and fluidity of his...

Caruana is a Master at 1.e4  e5 Positions!

Caruana is a Master at 1.e4 e5 Positions!

kamalakanta
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Oct 26, 2018

I have a few players that I really admire in their treatment of the Black side of 1.e4 e5 positions, and one of them is Caruana. Today I will just give one game as an example. GM Naiditsch gets a little bit fancy with his maneuvers in the open...

Two Outstanding Games by Vladimir Simagin

Two Outstanding Games by Vladimir Simagin

kamalakanta
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Oct 21, 2018

Looking at some of the games of Simagin with the Black pieces in the book "Vladimir Simagin", by Aidan Woodger, I came across two games played in 1959 and 1960 against F. Olafsson and viktor Korchnoi, respectively. I am always intrigued at how g...

Boleslavsky- Magic!

Boleslavsky- Magic!

kamalakanta
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Oct 17, 2018

This blog will include at least 2 games by Isaac Boleslavsky. I have been intrigued by him for a while now....I knew he was strong for he played a Final Candidates Match against Bronstein in 1950. I even posted a blog about him.... https://w...

Gufeld, a Dragon Virtuoso

Gufeld, a Dragon Virtuoso

kamalakanta
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Oct 4, 2018

Recently I was captivated by  the following game, played in Barcelona in 1979. Eduard Gufeld was a wonderful human being who was able to inspire others to greatness. Known for his wit and humor, he was a great story teller, coach, journalist ...

There Is No Small Opponent!

There Is No Small Opponent!

kamalakanta
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Sep 18, 2018

Hi! Have you guys heard of Herman Pollmaecher? Me neither! But in the following game, he beats Anderssen from the White side of a Ponziani Opening! This game I found in the fabulous book by Tartakower and dumont, "500 Master Games of Chess"...

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