There were some articles written about the appearance of Carlsen and Paulson on BBC 2 days ago.
View the video on Youtube.
Read about it on BBC news and on Chessvibes.
The game Carlsen-Karjakin was so interesting that I have decided to post my analysis :).
So, my huge work on improving the collection of study-fragments is totally over! It was really a huge work as I started it back in March (often worked for many hours every day!) and finished only 5 minutes ago! 🙂 . Finally we have 27.419 fragments!
Almost every day I get e-mails from chess-players around the world. Among others questions they ask: “Do you really need to study these fragments?” “Why do you need to study them?” I answer to all of them: You don’t only need to study them. One has to know dozens of themes that I present on my blog very well if you for sure want to have some results in chess. But if you want to play chess very well, then you must know hundreds of these themes. Look, for example, you play the King’s Indian – will you be able to play it well if you didn’t study the themes g5-g4, g4-g3, Bg7-h6, Ng3 sacrifice, f5-f4, Nxe4, d6-d5, etc? Or for example, you play the Ruy Lopez. Will you be able to win if you don’t know the method of using the light square B, what to do after the exchange of knights on g4-square, Nf5 – positional idea, Nf5 sacrifice, d6-d5 breakthrough, c7-c6 breakthrough, etc? And if you play the Sicilian? How to play it if you are not familiar with such methods as f4-f5, f5-f6, g5-g6, Bxe6, Nxe6, g6 and h6 together, Nd5, Bd5, Rxc3 exchange sacrifice and many other methods and ideas?
It is possible to talk a lot about it and it could be a very interesting professional conversation. All these are extremely interesting methods of playing but people correctly say: it is better to see it once than to hear 100 times! 🙂
I would like to add that in almost every my good game, especially played against IMs and GMs, I use many of these methods. Exactly these methods helped me to get the titles I have, the medals, the rating and very good results in big International events.
Another day is over at the World Rapid championship in Batumi, Georgia.
Stefanova is leading the tournament with 7.5 out of 9. Kosteniuk is on the clear 2nd with 7 points. Three ladies share 3rd place – Koneru, Lahno and A.Muzychuk. You can view the results and pairing at the official website.
Today I’d like to show you a very interesting game of a student of mine. His name is Ed Dodd and his USCF is 1140. Ed had started studying seriously (and correctly) on his own very recently but has already made a huge progress. Of course, there are some mistakes in this game, some are even very serious ones, but some moves played by Ed show his potential and clear knowledge of certain middlegame methods.