Svitlana's Smart Moves - Special World Cup Episode 8

by Arne Kaehler
7/27/2021 – Svitlana Demchenko is back to present us her smart moves, especially after playing chess constantly in the last couple of weeks. The 17-year-old WIM left Canada, to travel to Serbia, Sochi, Moscow, and finally to Mykolayiv, Ukraine. She competed in the Serbian Open, and fought hard in the World Cup in Sochi, against a more than 300 rating points stronger opponent. Finally, she is playing a tournament in the Ukraine. Nonetheless, she made some time for a new episode, in which we take a look at her whole travel experience, her World Cup game, and play three blitz games against each other. | Photos: Svitlana Demchenko

The ABC of the Bogo Indian The ABC of the Bogo Indian

After 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ Black develops smoothly and prepares to castle. He retains maximum flexibility with his central pawns. You do not need to know an enormous amount of theory to play.


Svitlana's Smart Moves - World Cup Special Episode 8

With Svitlana Demchenko and Arne Kaehler

Svitlana Demchenko is a 17-year-old, Canadian WIM, and chess coach. Here and now, she will teach us plenty of smart moves on the board, ranging from tactics, strategies, openings, and anything else chess related. In the process, I'm happy to be available as a student at club player level, and pester the female international master with questions. Anyone who wants to strengthen their chess skills is welcome to watch, and actively replay the positions from the video, on our chessboard.

This is a three part special episode, combining her chess journey, her world cup game analysis, and three blitz games with Arne Kaehler.

Full concentration in the first round

Svitlana Demchenko with Jennifer Yu (middle), and Qiyu Zhou (right) on the streets of Sochi

The World Cup in Russia has some beautiful chess games, but also some beautiful views

This video is about Svitlana's chess journey

Full analysis of the first game in the World Cup against Karina Cyfka

Let's go with the Bogo

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.g3 Bxd2!? 6.Qxd2 Nc6! 7.Nc3 d5! is a modern line where Black tries to play actively in the center. Shah shows the possible variations which occur in this position.


Svitlana Demchenko and Arne Kaehler always play some blitz games after their video. Since the games are pretty sharp, and the trash talking is fun, they thought about sharing the experience with you.


Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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