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Rashid G. Nezhmetdinov- Some Combinations, Part I

Rashid G. Nezhmetdinov- Some Combinations, Part I

kamalakanta
| 18 days ago

Rashid, Rashid, what can I say? Your moves make me fall in love with chess. Your passion deepens my respect for you as an Artist, even though this passion of yours for attack and combinations often cost you points on the scoreboard. Rashid, you ...

Mark Taimanov- An Optimist!

Mark Taimanov- An Optimist!

kamalakanta
| 28 days ago

Hi, dear chess lovers! I have not posted in a while, partly because of the natural rhythm of life, but also because of the humanistic crisis enveloping the world now. This crisis is not new, it has been going on for the last 77 years.....but tha...

Chigorin- A Creative Genius 'Till the End!

Chigorin- A Creative Genius 'Till the End!

kamalakanta
| Apr 24, 2022

Chigorin was a great pioneer of modern chess. His creativity was unbounded, and even when his health started to fail, he maintained his creative attitude to the game. In 2018 I published a small post, titled "Marshall's Attack is Actually Chig...

To See- The Eye of Imagination- (Forever Young)

To See- The Eye of Imagination- (Forever Young)

kamalakanta
| Jan 27, 2022

How will you play chess when you turn 72 years old? What will your level be? Will you be able to play with imagination? For chess romantics such as Tal, Nezhmetdinov, Gufeld and Bronstein, this is a must for the creative style of play. Nowaday...

Want to save the Game? Play ....Rd5!

Want to save the Game? Play ....Rd5!

kamalakanta
| Dec 7, 2021

Sometimes perusing through a chess book or two can help to find patterns that are similar.  Recently, leafing through Bronstein's book, "Secret Notes".... I discovered a pattern in one of Bronstein's training games with Korchnoi fro...

Tartakower's Art

Tartakower's Art

kamalakanta
| Nov 14, 2021

There is a certain sense of delight I feel when looking at some chess positions. Maybe the best proof that chess is Art is, for me, the fact that I can feel different things from different players- from Rubinstein, a sense of total cooperation, ha...

Geller's "Magister Ludi" Moment!

Geller's "Magister Ludi" Moment!

kamalakanta
| Nov 11, 2021

Sometimes the most difficult thing in a chess game is to play a quiet move, or a defensive move, in the middle of a wild attack. It takes the highest talent and awareness to capture the essence, the truth of a position, in a situation where other ...

How Rapid Chess Was Born- by David Bronstein

How Rapid Chess Was Born- by David Bronstein

kamalakanta
| Oct 23, 2021

From page 128 of "Secret Notes" by GM David Bronstein and Sergey Voronkov. "Do you remember me mentioning Alois Nagler? I think that his name will be unfamiliar to young players. And yet it is partly thanks to Nagler, or more precisely, to a ha...

Anderssen Outplayed by G. Neumann

Anderssen Outplayed by G. Neumann

kamalakanta
| Oct 18, 2021

Once upon a time, there was a great chess Grand Master called Savielly Tartakower. Savielly Tartakower (1887-1956) Here is s mall bio: Savielly Grigoriewitsch Tartakower was born in Russia and moved to Vienna at age 17. He became a do...

Art vs. Machine, Soul vs. Calculation

Art vs. Machine, Soul vs. Calculation

kamalakanta
| Oct 6, 2021

This is a difficult post to write, partly because the impulse to write it is intuitive; it comes from a deeper part of my being. And as such I have no idea of what the scope will be; in what direction it will take me and in what port this ship mig...

Learning from Elders

Learning from Elders

kamalakanta
| Aug 8, 2021

In the last 12 years, trying to widen and deepen my chess culture, I have been buying chess books; mostly game collections of great Masters ( who are really Grandmasters) of the past.  Following the lead of players like Bronstein and Smyslo...

Do You Want to Win? Play ....h6!

Do You Want to Win? Play ....h6!

kamalakanta
| Jul 29, 2021

There are many articles around here that start with lines like: "How to Increase Your Rating", or "Learn to Win Fast".....but let me tell you the REAL secret to success: Play ....h6! Now, I know it sounds silly, but maybe the next two example...

Kosteniuk, A Genius of the Chessboard

Kosteniuk, A Genius of the Chessboard

kamalakanta
| Jul 24, 2021

Today Alexandra Kosteniuk won a spectacular game against Mariya Muzychuk. Muzychuk seemed to have the advantage on the kingside, where she had advanced, and at the critical moment, Kosteniuk surprised her opponent by sacrificing a pawn, and then t...

Play Chess With Your Heart

Play Chess With Your Heart

kamalakanta
| Jun 26, 2021

Certain players make me love chess more. Their love for the game is infectious! Among them I count Tal, Bronstein, Gufeld, Nezhmetdinov and older Teachers like Nimzowitsch and Tartakower. All the ones mentioned above write comments with the intent...

The Ebb and Flow of a Chess Game

The Ebb and Flow of a Chess Game

kamalakanta
| May 21, 2021

The King's Indian Defense owes its name to players from India, who liked to answer 1.d4 with 1...Nf6, instead of the classic Western response of 1...d5 Check out this game from 1851! But it was Chigorin who developed the basis for t...

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