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

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

kamalakanta
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10 days ago

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...

Defense and Counterattack! (Super Nezh)

Defense and Counterattack! (Super Nezh)

kamalakanta
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Apr 30, 2020

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- COMPLAINT: It's NOT FAIR! You hear, from people like Batgirl, Simaginfan or myself, about certain chess players, in this case Rashid G. Nezhmetdinov (19...

Euwe and Simagin- d6 For the Win!

Euwe and Simagin- d6 For the Win!

kamalakanta
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Apr 24, 2020

Dear chess lovers, today, by pure chance, I found a relationship between two games by two great Grandmasters- Vladimir Simagin and Max Euwe. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Max E...

Avalanche! (And the Pawns Come Marching In)

Avalanche! (And the Pawns Come Marching In)

kamalakanta
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Apr 19, 2020

How do you stop an avalanche? You can't! You get out of the way! But sometimes, in a game of chess, you have to fight, and try to counterattack, or find some compensation. The idea for this blog came about gradually; reading different chess bo...

My Favorite Player- Alireza Firouzja

My Favorite Player- Alireza Firouzja

kamalakanta
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Apr 5, 2020

Along with Nihal Sarin, Alireza Firouzja truly impresses me. He has incredible poise; you can never detect nervousness in him. His concentration level is exquisite, whether he is playing blitz, rapid or Classical. I present you here with three g...

An Exciting Game- And a Last Move for the Ages!

An Exciting Game- And a Last Move for the Ages!

kamalakanta
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Mar 25, 2020

How do you recognize a genius in chess? Simple, look at the best move they ever played, or the most spectacular, the one that makes you fall in love with chess once again! Well, I will say it here...Andras Adorjan is a genius! Witness the last m...

My Favorite Player- Nihal Sarin

My Favorite Player- Nihal Sarin

kamalakanta
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Mar 20, 2020

He plays solid; he plays dynamic. He attacks, but is not afraid to exchange Queens if needed. His game is mature; he is 15 years-old but plays with the mature style of someone twice his age. Nihal Sarin's style reminds me of Smyslov; he has that...

Hungary- A Special Brand of Chess!

Hungary- A Special Brand of Chess!

kamalakanta
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Mar 12, 2020

We all know about the Soviet School of Chess, and most of us are consciously or sub-consciously familiar with the great players of that style of play. The Soviets were so successful, players from the West adopted their openings (and style, sometim...

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part IV)

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part IV)

kamalakanta
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Mar 2, 2020

It is wise to be like an elephant.....notice how they have big ears? They listen to the elders! In this next game, we see Geller giving a lesson to Alexander Beliavsky, newly-crowned USSR Champion.....watch the Master at work, with the Black pie...

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part III)

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part III)

kamalakanta
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Mar 2, 2020

In this blog post we continue looking at annotated games, with notes by the Masters themselves! This next example is remarkable, because Bronstein was 70 years old when he played this game against Velimirovic! Take a look! Notes by Bronstein. ...

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part II)

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part II)

kamalakanta
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Mar 1, 2020

This is Part II of a response to GM Serper's question: "Do You Like Annotated Games?" Because I have published, in my blog posts, many games with annotations by great players, I decided to do a compilation-answer: a collection of such games that...

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part I)

Yes, I Like Annotated Games! (Part I)

kamalakanta
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Feb 29, 2020

Recently GM Serper wrote a nice article titled "Do You Like Annotated Games?", and my response is a resounding "YES!". Some Grandmasters are not only great players, but also great people and great teachers. They have my unbounded admiration ...

Bronstein and the "Game of the Century"

Bronstein and the "Game of the Century"

kamalakanta
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Jan 26, 2020

Sometimes our life is full of "coincidences"; or is it Destiny? I was looking at "The Game of the Century", where Bobby Fischer, at the age of 13, played a brilliant Queen sacrifice against Donald Byrne. The game was played in the Third Rosenwal...

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

A Lesson from Your Grandfather!

kamalakanta
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Jan 20, 2020

Sometimes it pays to listen to your father, or even your grandfather! Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov (1921-2010) was a gigantic figure in chess in the 20th Century. He played three matches for the World Championship against Mikhail Botvinn...

Polugaevsky- Bronstein: Queen vs Two Rooks!

Polugaevsky- Bronstein: Queen vs Two Rooks!

kamalakanta
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Jan 10, 2020

Two days ago, on Jan. 7, 2020, GM Serper published a brilliant article about battles between Queen vs. Two Rooks. https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-wild-chess-fights-queen-vs-two-rooks He points to three elements that can be decisive i...

3 Pawns on the 7th- A Win, Right? Think Again!

3 Pawns on the 7th- A Win, Right? Think Again!

kamalakanta
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Jan 7, 2020

There are certain "advantages" in chess that are supposed to secure victory, or get you close to it: A pair of rooks on the 7th rank, a knight on the 6th rank, an overwhelming material advantage, connected passed pawns in an endgame...the list g...

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