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Tuesday, October 20, 2009 19:37
In the final part of our coverage of the lectures held at the Valencia, birthplace of modern chess symposium in Valencia during last month's Karpov-Kasparov match, we will take a closer look at the mysterious 'lost' chess treatise by Francesch Vicent, and why its discovery implies an absolutely spectacular revolution in chess history.  There were...
Friday, October 16, 2009 17:52
I’ve been known to defend the position that women’s tournaments are all nonsense: after all, we don’t have math competitions especially for women, nor do we have girls-only musical concourses. But a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, pleading for abolishment of women’s FIDE titles, made me think again. Barbara Jepson’s piece is actually a...
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Friday, October 02, 2009 3:24
During last week's Valencia, cradle of modern chess festival, the audience could not only enjoy the Kasparov-Karpov match, but also a series of lectures on the history of chess, with special attention to Valencia's role in it. As promised, we'll now return in more detail to the lectures that were most interesting in our opinion. The first is about...
Sunday, September 13, 2009 22:13
In just over a week, Gary Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov will play an exhibition match in Valencia, Spain, as part of the festivities of the Valencia Cuna del Ajedrez Moderno program: “Valencia, birthplace of modern chess”. ChessVibes will be in Valencia to report on the match between the two K's. As an introduction to the festivities in Valencia, I...
Saturday, August 22, 2009 0:56
It's an endless - and often pretty boring - debate: are men better in chess than women? But recently, there was an interesting blog discussion about the All Girls US Chess School in which some points where raised that are not usually heard in this debate. Its conclusion can be especially useful to chess teachers. It all started with an article by...
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Saturday, August 15, 2009 17:50
For over a decade, I have been ridiculed by chess friends for playing the Centre Game, an opening with a respectable history which nevertheless has a very bad image in modern opening theory. In Mainz, I witnessed Ian Nepomniachtchi and Levon Aronian play a very exciting game, reminding me of a time when internet chess had just begun and I had the...
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009 16:03
As the cockpit announces that we're about to land at the airport of Palermo, the capital of Sicily, I'm thinking of the Sicilian Defense. There’s no chess opening more beautiful, more difficult, more sinister than the Sicilian. Who is attacking whom? Who is first? Who is right? Nobody knows, not even the best chess players in the world. Who...
Friday, May 22, 2009 19:23
If you have kids, you've probably thought hard about how to name your child. Should you choose a 'special' kind of name, or rather a very trendy or well-known one? Popularity is an important aspect when it comes to choosing virtually anything. The same goes for chess openings: do you want to go for popular main lines or for 'off beat' variations...
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Thursday, May 21, 2009 21:39
This week ChessBase published translations of two interesting interviews, with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and with UEP President Joseph Resch, about the 2008 Anand-Kramnik match, the 2010-2011 World Championship cycle and the failed negotiations between FIDE and UEP. I found myself agreeing with the FIDE President for the first time in my...
Friday, May 01, 2009 21:07
In two recent reports on the Grand Prix in Nalchik, my colleague-editor Michael Schwerteck wrote about how he hates the Petroff Defence - especially the way it's played by all these super grandmasters. All these boring draws - blegh. And Michael's clearly not the only one. Let's consider what can be so hateful about the Petroff in the first...

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