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 …

London Chess Festival 2016

The 8th festival in London took place in Olympia conference center in Kensington. There were several events including the supertournament, FIDE Open and the Super Rapidplay.  Just before the event I had a training camp with my friend Alexander Shabalov in Estonia. The plan was to prepare for the outcoming …

Pühajärve handicap tournament 2016

The winter is coming   In Pühajarve at the last weekend of November was held the strongest handicap tournament ever. It was 17th in a row thanks to the former Estonian PM Mr. Tiit Vahi. The venue was as usual the Pühajarve Spa. This year 12 grandmasters were among participants. …

Chigorin memorial 2016 second part

We always wonder why someone is successful in chess. The rating should say everything about the ranking before the tournament. However the Chigorin memorial was won second year straight by local player  Kirill Alekseenko ahead of 26 higher rated players. I studied his games and made some conclusions. First, he …