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

Is the Blumenfeld Gambit refuted? A potential killer line under the microscope

Wouldn't it be great to accompany a chess master to a tournament and get all access? Before his games you could watch him prepare for his opponents. After the games he would analyze them for you, hint at mistakes, explain ideas and discuss how his preparation worked and what psychological battles were fought besides the … Is the Blumenfeld Gambit refuted? A potential killer line under the microscope weiterlesen

Warum eigentlich „Indisch“?

Als auf dem Kontinent die Waffen schwiegen, brach auf dem Schachbrett eine Revolution aus. Die "Hypermodernen", angeführt von Richard Reti und Aaron Nimzowitsch, lehnten sich gegen die (vermeintlich) starren Lehren Steinitzs und Tarraschs auf. Beherrschen statt besetzen Den Kampf um das Zentrum führten diese jungen Wilden des Schachs mit ganz anderen Mitteln als ihre großen … Warum eigentlich „Indisch“? weiterlesen