Looking back to the seniors

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The new event the US Senior Championship took place this July. Ten players had single round robin tournament. All players despite Alex Fishbein had notable chess career. All grandmasters. The tournament favorite was not announced, but there was only one active player present Alex Shabalov who finally won the event. …

Chess notes

Chess notes   Chess is different today compared decades ago. The players however are not much stronger. In one hand they have perfect opening preparation due the help of computer programs, but in other hand this also makes the players more vulnerable. They rely too much on ready solutions and …

Pavlodar Akim Cup 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Pavlodar Akim cup The Pavlodar Akim cup was my first real tournament for years. I did play this year in Dresden where the senior team World Champioship took place, but I was avoiding the individual tournaments only trying to play rapid and blitz. It was the fourth Akim cup in …

Haapsalu Chess Academy

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Haapsalu is a small seaside town in Estonia. Ottomar Ladva  a young GM is from Haapsalu and still lives there. Other notable sportsman from Haapsalu is the tennis player Kaia Kanepi. I played my first chess tournament in Haapsalu back in 1979. This summer there was a chess festival in …