The improvement of study-material collection has ended!!!

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.

Participants of the Women’s World Championship 2012

FIDE is announcing the list of players who confirmed their participation for the Women’s World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk, 9 November to 3 December 2012.

For visa and travel details, the participants should contact the local Organising Committee at the emails, and to receive the necessary travel information, hotel bookings and invitation letter.


a) From World Women’s Championships 2010-2011:
01. Hou, Yifan (CHN) – World Champion
02. Koneru, Humpy (IND) – World Champion Finalist 2011
03. Zhao Xue (CHN) – World Championship Semi finals 2010

b) World Girl Junior Champions 2010-2011:
04. Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)
05. Cori T Deysi (PER)

c) Rating List average 7/2011 & 1/2012:
06. Gunina, Valentina (RUS)
07. Galliamova, Alisa (RUS)
08. Zhu, Chen (QAT)
09. Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)
10. Skripchenko, Almira (FRA)
11. Ushenina, Anna (UKR)

d) 28 players from European Women’s Championships 2010 & 2011
12. Cramling, Pia (SWE) (2010)
13. Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)
14. Socko Monika (POL)
15. Sebag, Marie (FRA)
16. Kosintseva Tatiana (RUS)
17. Zhukova Natalia (UKR)
18. Dembo Elena (GRE)
19. Stefanova Antoaneta (BUL)
20. Kosintseva Nadezhda (RUS)
21. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR)
22. Rajlich Iweta (POL)
23. Ziaziulkina Nastassia (BLR)
24. Kovalevskaya Ekaterina (RUS)
25. Khurtsidze Nino (GEO)
26. Danielian, Elina (ARM) (2011)
27. Matveeva, Svetlana (RUS)
28. Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO)
29. Lahno, Kateryna (UKR)
30. Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)
31. Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO)
32. Foisor, Cristina-Adela (ROU)
33. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS)
34. Pogonina Natalija (RUS)
35. Ovod Evgenija (RUS)
36. Romanko Marina (RUS)
37. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)
38. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM)
39. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO)

e) 8 players from Americas
40. Arribas Robaina, Maritza (CUB) (Continental)
41. Zatonskih, Anna (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
42. Abrahamyan, Tatev (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
43. Krush, Irina (USA) (Zonal 2.1)
44. Khoudgarian, Natalia (CAN) (Zonal 2.2)
45. Castrillon Gomez, Melissa (COL) (Zonal 2.3)
46. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid (PER) (Zonal 2.4)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG) (Zonal 2.5)

f) 12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Pourkashiyan, Atousa (IRI) (Continental 2010)
49. Harika, Dronavalli (IND) (Continental 2011)
50. Ghader Pour, Shayesteh (IRI) (Zonal 3.1)
51. Ranasinghe, S D (SRI) (Zonal 3.2)
52. Li, Ruofan (SIN) (Zonal 3.3)
53. Davletbayeva, Madina (KAZ) (Zonal 3.4)
54. Ju Wenjun (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
55. Shen Yang (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
56. Huang Qian (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
57. Wang Yu (CHN) (Zonal 3.5)
58. Berezina, Irina (AUS) (Zonal 3.6)
59. Soumya, Swaminathan (IND) (Zonal 3.7)

g) 3 players from African Women’s Championship 2011
60. Mona, Khaled (EGY)
61. Mezioud, Amina (ALG)
62. Frick, Denise (RSA)

h) 2 nominees of the FIDE President
63. (TBA)
64. (TBA)

TOTAL: 64 players

Hurray!! Half work is done on my study-material collection!

I have finished working on the first 200 themes in my study-material collection! So far we gathered over 20 thousand examples of games on these themes! Here are some nice examples from it:

The theme is: Nf5 sacrifice in the Sicilian:

The next game is from the theme “Rook lift to the 3rd rank to attack the King”:

Everyone who is interested in this study-material collection can send an e-mail with questions/requests to .