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Friday, September 30, 2016

Chess Games by Alexander Morozevich - video collection

Here is a collection of videos with Morozevich's best games and combinations. My Ebook about Morozevich is at http://www.amazon.com/Counterattack-Alexander-Morozevich-Roman-Jiganchine-ebook/dp/B00DL5QU8M/

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Modern Chess Combinations - volume 6

Modern Chess Combinations: April, May, June 2016 (Quarterly Chess Tactics) is now out with over 150 puzzles for you to solve. It is available on Amazon and on Kobo. The Kindle free sample contains dozens of combinations, so you can first practice those positions and see if you like the selection. This publication is a collection of over 150 best combinations played by strong chess players in tournaments that took place the second quarter of 2016. I first filtered the correct combinations with various computer-assisted approaches, and then manually went through the entire collection to select only the puzzles useful to practical chess players.
The book is the second volume in the "Quarterly Chess Tactics" series for 2016, which provides instructive tactical positions from the most recent top chess tournaments. 

The highlight of this edition is the series of blitz and rapid games that were played by the world's top players in several events across the world and on the Internet (Grand Chess Tour, Chess.com championship and others). As a result the tactics are easier to spot because in blitz games even the best players make mistakes and allow elegant combinations, which they would have prevented in classical time controls.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

VIdeo - New Blog - Daily Chess Tactics from Most Recent Top Tournaments


http://chesspublisher.blogspot.com will help chessplayers to develop combination solving ability on a daily basis. The puzzles appear daily and you can take you time to figure out the solution and then see the answer by clicking on the question mark. You can also have these puzzles appear in your RSS reader by subscribing to the Daily Chess Tactics feed or you can follow it by email. Also available in Kindle format - http://goo.gl/D32wg0. More details also at http://roman-chess.blogspot.ca/2016/02/subscribe-to-new-blog-daily-chess.html .

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Attacking on Both sides in Closed Spanish

When White closes the center with d4-d5 in the Spanish Opening, his next goals are roughly as follows:

  • advance f2-f4-f5 to gain space on the kingside
  • Open up the ‘a’ file to have the option of invading on that file with the rook.
  • build up piece pressure on the kingside

Here are a couple of examples of how to combine these ideas:

Dominguez Perez, Leinier - Hernandez Onna, Roman
Guillermo Garcia Memorial-B 08th   2000.06.03 , C98

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Nc6 13. d5 Nd8 14. a4 Rb8 15. axb5 axb5 16. b4 c4 17. Nf1 Ne8 18. Ng3 g6 19. Nh2 Ng7 20. Rf1 f6 21. f4 Nf7

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22. f5 g5 23. h4 gxh4 24. Nh5 Nxh5 25. Qxh5 Bd8 26. Ng4 Kh8 27. Qxh4 Qe7 28. Be3 Rg8 29. Ra7 Bb7 30. Rfa1 Rg7 31. Kf1 Kg8

293 White to move

Solution:

32. R1a5! Bxa5 33. Nxf6+ Kh8 34. bxa5 Ra8 35. Rxa8+ Bxa8 36. a6 Qd8 37. g4 Qa5 38. Nh5 Qa1+ 39. Kf2 1-0

Bucinskas, Valdas - Ould Ahmed, Samy
olm17 qual GP1 B4 email   2006.01.10 , C98

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Nc6 13. d5 Nd8 14. a4 Rb8 15. axb5 axb5 16. b4 c4 17. Nf1 Ne8 18. N3h2 f6 19. Ng3 g6 20. Rf1 Ng7 21. f4 Nf7 22. f5 Qb6+ 23. Kh1 gxf5 24. exf5 Bb7 25. Qg4 Kh8 26. Nf3 Rfe8 27. Nh4 Bd8 28. Be4 Qc7

294 White to move

Solution:

29. Ng6+! Kg8
( 29. ... hxg6 30. Qh4+ Kg8 31. fxg6 +- )
30. Rf3 1-0

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Daily Chess Tactics from Most Recent Top Tournaments - Video Overview



http://chesspublisher.blogspot.com will help chessplayers to develop combination solving ability on a daily basis. The puzzles appear daily and you can take you time to figure out the solution and then see the answer by clicking on the question mark. You can also have these puzzles appear in your RSS reader by subscribing to the Daily Chess Tactics feed or you can follow it by email. Also available in Kindle format - http://goo.gl/D32wg0

Monday, July 25, 2016

Short approach against the Scandinavian

Nigel Short has played several interesting games against the 2…Qd5 Scandinavian where White went for the setup with Bc4, d3, Bd2, and Qe2, preparing long castle. Initiative is surprisingly long lasting and in all 3 games – persisted into the endgame. Here is the illustrated summary of several key positions:

Short, Nigel D - Gonzalez, Renier
   2007 , B01

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d3 c6 6. Qe2 Nbd7 7. Bd2 Qe5 8. a4 Qxe2+ 9. Ngxe2 a5 10. O-O e6 11. Ne4 Be7 12. f4

250White has slight initiative because black bishop on c8 is still undeveloped.
12. ... Nc5 13. Ng5 O-O 14. Ng3 b6 15. f5
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15. ... h6 16. Nf3 exf5 17. Nd4 Bd7 18. Ndxf5 Bd8 19. Bc3 Nxa4 20. Rxa4 b5
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21. Nxg7!? bxa4
( 21. ... Kxg7 22. Nh5+ Kg6 23. Nxf6 Bxf6 24. Rxf6+ Kh7 25. Bxb5 cxb5 26. Rh4 +/- )
22. Rxf6 Bxf6 23. Bxf6 Rab8 24. Ne4 Be6 25. Nxe6 fxe6 26. Bxe6+ Kh7 27. Be7 Rfe8 28. Bf5+ Kg7 29. Bf6+ Kf8 30. Bd7 Re7 31. Bxc6
( 31. Bxe7+ +- )
31. ... Re6 32. Bxa4 Rb4 33. b3 Rbxe4 34. dxe4 Rxf6 35. Bb5 Ke7 36. g3 Kd6 37. Kg2 Ke5 38. Bd3 Rf8 39. h4 Rf7 40. Kh3 Rg7 41. Kg2 Rf7 42. Kh3 Rg7 43. Kh2 Rc7 44. Kg1 Rf7 45. Kg2 Rf8 46. Kh3 Rg8 47. Kg2 Rf8 48. Kh3 Rg8 49. Kg2 1/2-1/2

Short, Nigel D - Ateka, Nathan
   2013 , B01

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d3 c6 6. Bd2 Qc7 7. Qe2

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7. ... Nbd7 8. a3 Nb6 9. Ba2 Bg4 10. Nf3 e6 11. h3 Bh5 12. g4 Bg6 13. O-O-O Bd6 14. Rde1 O-O-O 15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. Qxe5 Qxe5 17. Rxe5 Nbd5 18. f4 Nxc3 19. Bxc3 Nd5 20. Bxd5 cxd5 21. Bd4 a6 22. f5
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22. ... exf5 23. gxf5 f6
( 23. ... Bh5 24. f6 gxf6 25. Rxh5 )
24. Re7 Bxf5 25. Rxg7 Rdg8 26. Bxf6 Rxg7 27. Bxg7 Rg8 28. Be5 Kd7 29. h4 h5 30. Bf4 Rg2 31. Bg5 Bg4 32. Rf1 Re2 33. a4 Re8 34. b3 Kc6 35. Kb2 Kd6 36. Rf6+ Kc5 37. a5 Re6 38. Rf7 b6 39. axb6 Kxb6 40. Bd8+ Kc6 41. Ra7 Kc5 42. Kc3 d4+ 43. Kd2 Rc6 44. Rf7 Kd5 45. Rf1 Ke6 46. Bf6 Kd5 47. Bg5 Rc8 48. Ra1 Rc6 49. Kc1 Bd7 50. Ra5+ Rc5 51. Rxa6 Bf5 52. Kd2 Rc6 53. Ra4 Bg4 54. Ra5+ Rc5 55. Ra1 Rc6 56. Rf1 Re6 57. Bf6 Re2+ 58. Kc1 1-0

Short, Nigel D - Lioe Dede
   2004 , B01

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d3 c6 6. Qe2 Bf5 7. Bd2 Qc7 8. h3 e6 9. g4 Bg6 10. f4

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10. ... Be7 11. Nf3 Nbd7 12. O-O-O Nb6 13. Rde1 Kf8 14. Bb3 Bd6 15. Ne5 Bxe5 16. Qxe5 Qxe5 17. fxe5 Nfd7 18. Ne4 Kg8 19. d4 h5 20. g5 Bxe4 21. Rxe4 Nd5 22. Rf1 g6 23. Bxd5 cxd5 24. Ref4 Rh7 25. Bb4 Nb8 26. Bd6 Nc6 27. R1f3 Rd8 28. b3 Rd7 29. Kd2 Ne7 30. Bxe7 Rxe7 31. Rc3 Kg7 32. Rc8 Rh8 33. Rxh8 Kxh8 34. Rf3 Kg8 35. Rc3 Kf8 36. a4 +/-
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36. ... Ke8 37. Rc8+ Kd7 38. Ra8 a6 39. Kc3 Kc6 40. Kb4 Rc7 41. c4 dxc4 42. bxc4 Kd7 43. Rb8 Kc6 44. a5 Kd7 45. d5 exd5 46. cxd5 Rc1 47. Rxb7+ Ke8 48. Ra7 Kf8 49. Rxa6 Rh1 50. Rf6 Rxh3 51. e6 Rg3 52. Rxf7+ Ke8 53. a6 1-0

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Where to Sacrifice the Knight?

DDT3000-JHamberg
imageWhite to move. Solution.
I played what seemed like an obvious sacrifice, but the computer found that in fact I made a wrong choice. What does your intuition suggest to you?

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