2/4/2010 – ... has become Alexei Shirov's trademark. In the tournament in Wijk aan
Zee, which Shirov started with five wins in a row, the 37-year-old chess
magician from Riga once more justified this reputation.
In many middlegame positions he managed to put his opponents under
pressure with inventive attacking play. And even in the endgame, one
always has to take into account that Shirov might set the board on fire.
This happened in the eleventh round in his game against Vladimir Kramnik, where he played 35.c5! in the diagram position. GM Karsten Müller has analysed the endgame for ChessBase Magazine Online.
3/25/2010 – ... usually is of enormous power. In this endgame, however, its range there is pretty 'short'. White's last move was 40.g5-g6, whereupon Black had to evaluate the consequences of 40...Nxg6 41.Rxd7 Nh4+ 42.Kg3 Nxf3 43.Kxf3 Kf8. What do you think about it?
A) good idea, Black traps the rook on d7;
B) a return sac leads to equal chances;
C) White wins.
The solution is here,
but first ponder over it with a larger version of the diagram.Discuss
3/15/2010 – The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel is the largest and most influential in Europe. At irregular intervals it turns its spotlight on chess. Today's edition has an unprecedented three-page interview with the world's number one player, with questions regarding general intelligence, chess talent, work ethics and his chess trainer Garry Kasparov. Interesting new insights.Discuss
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