Estonia Horses

Estonia Horses Is the name of the team which is leading after three rounds in the Eastern division on the chess super league.  Our team line up may found here. The league was created by US chess enthusiast Greg Shahade who himself is only IM in chess, but is a great …

Chess in the museum

Chess in the museum In Russia the chess in the museum project was started in 2012. In Estonia both the museums and chess are popular subjects. Chess at least in the past. In 2000, Keres was elected the Estonian Sportsman of the Century. In Tallinn the visitor can find a …

What we can learn from AlfaZero?

What we can learn from AlfaZero   As a coach for some top level players I study chessgames played by computers regularly and generated some of my own. There is certain things you can learn from the computer chess and I believe the games from recent match between AlfaZero and …

Pühajärve handicap tournament 2017

Pühajärve chess festival The 18th of Pühajärve handicap tournament was held on the last weekend of November. The pretournament favorite Swedish grandmaster Nils Grandelius won the event with impressive margin. He was quick and accurate which was needed when playing against the weakest group of players when the stronger player …

Tbilisi World Cup second part

How to beat a weaker opponent? This was the question I asked myself during my career very often. This was the drawback of being too strong. I played a lot of Open tournaments for living in US and I had to face this problem quite often. When you have the …

Tbilisi World Cup part one

128 players started the World Cup and at the end there was a sole winner. The knock out format is cruesome, but in my opinion most democratic system used to determine the winner. Even current World Champion Magnus Carlsen took part of this competition. Why this system is not used …

Liepaja chess festival 2017

Liepaja chess festival 2017 The 24th festival took place on the first weekend of August. It consisted as usual the Open, the Blitz, the team tournament and the so called Super tournament. This year the summer was not very kind and the tennis tournament was cancelled. The Open had 130 …

How to lose a game-in 20 moves or in the endgame

Screening the tournaments in different levels   There are a lot of tournaments going on around the World. Recently I got my eye on the supertournament in Norway and the Americas Continental Championship in Medellin Columbia. The elite or supertournaments have the same participants over and over again. The qualification …

Mikhail Tal memorial

Mikhail Tal memorial   The tournament was held on the first weekend of March in Jurmala Latvia. On Friday there was a blitz tournament followed with the rapid on next two days. The blitz tournament ended with a surprising victory by the tournament organizer Alexey Shirov. The rapid was won …

Ivanchuk in action

Ivanchuk won the rapid World Championship in Doha at the end of last year. I first played against Vassily in 1986. In 1988 he was already rated among the top ten in the World. He is still there today. At age of 47 he is still one of the most …