Strongest Week of Chess
What a week we have in store for us. Starting Feb. 17th the Kamsky-Topolav match finally begins. I have been waiting for this matchup for over a year. I personally believe that Topolav is a favorite, but I know Kamsky has some novelties prepared that are good for the amateur.
It was Gata Kamsky that motivated me many years ago with one of his Ruy Lopez lines. I was in a chess hiatus and hadn't played in close to two years, when I came across one of his recent games in the newspaper. I went over that game and got remotivated. I began studying just that one game of chess for close to 3 months.
After studying that game I just couldn't tear myself away from a chessboard. I went searching for tournaments, anywhere I could find them. I can officially say that his Ruy Lopez line has given me 100 OTB rating points!
I am hoping that he has some more motivation coming this next week.
We will also be blessed with the Linares tourney. This event has all the punch of a superheavy weight bout and x-games combined.
Stay tuned for some exciting chess.