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 …

Chigorin memorial in Saint Petersburg

             Chess is still very popular in Russia. The traditional festival in Saint Petersburg saw record number of chess players. The festival started with blitz tournament on Friday October 14th. Total 13 rounds of chess and nearly 300 players. The participants were around the Word. …

Iran’s first Stars Cup

Chess has a long history in Iran. Many believe that the game originated from here.  The Iranian chess federation was very busy this year organizing different tournaments . One of them was the prestigious FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament in Tehran. However the most interesting event took place in the …

Ilmar Raud memorial tournament

Ilmar Raud Memorial tournament   The 50th chess festival in a small Estonian town Viljandi was dedicated to the memory of a local chess hero Ilmar Raud. He was one of the members of Estonian Olympic team in Buenos Aires 1939. The team headed by Paul Keres won bronze medal. …