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
1/14/2010 – We hear a collective sigh of relief: after the Tal Memorial, the World Blitz,
the London Chess Classic and the World Team Championship (ended yesterday),
some chess fans out there were feeling a twinge of withdrawal. Not to worry:
top GMs are currently arriving in the Dutch seaside town for the annual chess
festival. We will provide full coverage on Playchess.
Here are the tournament details.Discuss
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The resulting positions are usually dynamic or double-edged and offer fairly balanced chances. The better tactician may win, but do not be dissappointed if the game ends in a spectacular and logical draw!
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