Match between Hou Yifan and Cmilyte

This match consisted of two games and was held in Porto-Vecchio (Corsica). Hou Yifan won the match 1.5-0.5. Many thanks to Andrey Stepin who pointed out the link to the games!

My dad’s attacks and sacrifices – Part II

This is the second part of my dad’s attacking games and sacrifices, studying which will help you to implement them in your own games 🙂

Starting a new theme

Today I want to start a new theme! And it will be, I hope, both interesting and useful for many not so strong players. When I was 5-6 years old, my dad (my trainer all my life) taught me: “Lenochka! You must play blitz games! It is very useful! And you need to play them very bravely, very brightly, very quickly! You must be able to quickly play the opening (and to do this you need to know the openings!), you need to know what to do in the middlegame (and to know it you must study them seriously), you need to work on endgame technique. But most importantly, you need to learn to sacrifice in these games (and to do this, you need to calculate variations very quickly and to be ready every move to give pieces and pawns to create an attack or checkmate). Playing blitz exactly in this way, you will definitely learn to play colourfully, giftedly, actively. In general, we will look especially for such opponents who will help you to master all this!
And so, my dad – chess trainer, pianist, writer, phychologist, is already 62 years old 🙂 . But in his spare minutes he gladly plays blitz games online, and only 2 (!!) minute per game. He says, that it is a great means against getting old! 🙂 and I want to show you some fragments from his games. I like them! 🙂 These is not only great study material. These is nice study material 🙂 . I wish you to enjoy them and use in your games too!

Training Summer Camp on Andros Island

I will be hosting a training camp (individual, possibly pair or even group lessons) on Andros Island this summer. Andros Island is just two hours by ferry from Athens. Those who want to participate in the camp (or ask about it) are welcome to e-mail me at . Students will be staying at Krinos Suites Hotel (Alexandra Logotheti – my sister-in-law is the owner and manager of Krinos) or nearby and will usually be studying around 4-5 hours a day (or less/more if they wish!). The beach is 50 meters away from the hotel, and there are lots of other activities available! You are welcome to view the photo gallery of the hotel and Andros Island here.