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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 19:49
Last week Dmitry Jakovenko defeated Ernesto Inarkiev at the ACP World Rapid Cup, using the devastating 12.Ncb5!! - a theoretical novelty that won on the spot. Inarkiev could have prevented this disaster as the move was mentioned the day before the game in ChessVibes Openings #73! Last Saturday GM Jan Timman visited my local chess club, Caissa...
Wednesday, February 03, 2010 18:00
Daniel Stellwagen has been voted the winner of the 2009 Yearbook Novelty of the Year by readers of the New In Chess website. The Dutch grandmaster earned 350 Euros for his novelty 24...Qf3 in the King's Indian against Loek van Wely at the NH Chess Tournament in Amsterdam in August 2009. Van Wely and Stellwagen getting ready for what will be a...
Monday, November 30, 2009 23:44
Chess is interesting, and chess openings are interesting too. There is nothing scary about opening theory, but there is nothing sacred about it either. This is the message Paul van der Sterren wants to give his readers in his 468-page book Fundamental Chess Openings, published by Gambit. He succeeds wonderfully in bringing this message home. A...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 19:20
Now that I've finally accepted that I probably won't be World Chess Champion, it's becoming increasingly difficult for me to set goals in chess. What's worse, I've noticed I am trying to force my will upon my opponents by different means than winning the game. If you play blitz or bullet online, you've probably encountered opponents who, after...
Monday, October 26, 2009 19:32
As soon as I finished the first paragraph of the introduction to Jesus de la Villa's new book Dismantling the Sicilian, published by New in Chess - one of the most amazing first paragraphs I've ever read in a chess book - I thought: this book is either total crap, or it is absolutely brilliant. Let's see what's so amazing about this introduction...
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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...
Friday, July 24, 2009 21:09
When most people hear of the “Colle System,” they think of the modest, solid, setup where White plays d4, Nf3, e3, Bd3, c3, Nbd2, and then looks up to see what Black has done with his moves. Guest author David Rudel proves that the system can actually be quite dangerous by introducing a new idea in the Colle. This article is adapted from an...
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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Sunday, April 26, 2009 17:04
It usually takes a while before beginning chess players realize there are also great chess openings for Black. For me, this moment came when I discovered the Gr?ºnfeld Defence. Here, finally, was a chess opening in which it was possible to create some of the rich dynamics usually reserved for playing with White. I remember xeroxing whole books on...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 22:54
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