Gata Kamsky: „I wonder if my life is repeating itself.“

As a twelve-year-old he defeated the former World Championship Candidate Mark Taimanov. That was in 1986, the onslaught of the prodigy from southwestern Siberia on the chess throne had begun. Ten years later he faced Anatoly Karpov in a match over 20 games. At stake was nothing less than the world title. Kamsky lost – … Gata Kamsky: „I wonder if my life is repeating itself.“ weiterlesen

FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg: No complaints, for two days at least

The Grand Prix in Hamburg had not begun yet when the FIDE president started complaining about his unloved organizer WorldChess, better known as "Agon". Because WorldChess had gotten into time trouble in the weeks leading up to the event, Arkady Dvorkovich once again announced publicly that he will keep this company in line as best … FIDE Grand Prix in Hamburg: No complaints, for two days at least weiterlesen

Gens una sumus? Not in chess960

"Wesley So, first World Champion in Fischer Random." The American’s 13.5:2.5 victory over Magnus Carlsen made many headlines like this one. Start of a new era? Magnus Carlsen looks sceptical, Wesley So seems happy while Arkadi Dvorkovich plays a no look move. (Foto: Lennart Ootes | chess.com) First World Champion? Nah. Already in 2001 there … Gens una sumus? Not in chess960 weiterlesen

Pavel Eljanov: „I thought I could do something different for a change“

Without Pavel Eljanov the Ukraine had a quite a run in Batumi at the European Team Championships. After two wins in round seven and eight, one of them against Germany, it looked as if the Ukrainians went for gold even without the former number six in the world among them. Pavel Eljanov followed their effort … Pavel Eljanov: „I thought I could do something different for a change“ weiterlesen

„It should have come earlier“: 14 year old Vincent Keymer and the Grandmaster title

It took Vincent Keymer 15 months to secure his third and final Grandmaster norm. "It should have come earlier," says Vincent. But several times he was very close and failed, nothing to blame himself for. "That was just bad luck." On Saturday night on the Isle of Man, it was finally done. With a draw … „It should have come earlier“: 14 year old Vincent Keymer and the Grandmaster title weiterlesen

Fighting the Grünfeld with h2-h4: an intense battle for the initiative

Unfortunately our series of annotated correspondence games is about to end (there is some AlphaZero stuff in the making, though). I enjoyed the journey, but despite the fun and the growing ambition while competing with the best guys this kind of chess turned out to be too time consuming (this game should give you an … Fighting the Grünfeld with h2-h4: an intense battle for the initiative weiterlesen

A surprising piece sacrifice in Garry Kasparov’s pet Najdorf

The Najdorf Sicilian is a rare guest on our site. But with German prodigy Vincent Keymer having made it his main defense against 1.e4 as a German chess site we should open our playbook on "the queen of openings". This correspondence game is somewhat different from most others already published, not only regarding the opening. … A surprising piece sacrifice in Garry Kasparov’s pet Najdorf weiterlesen