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CHESS PSYCHOLOGY: THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE 3

GM Vladimir Kramnik: Know yourself first and your opponent, and you will conquer many battles.

28/May 2024/ It’s clear that World Champion Kramnik possesses great confidence when playing with the white pieces. The key to victory lies in the preparation and analysis of an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. Developing a study method or system is essential for mastering chess opening theories.

The 2nd featured game: World Champion Garry Kasparov was always skilled with both white and black pieces. However, in my view, his black repertoire, including the King’s Indian and Sicilian Najdorf, was particularly formidable during his era and made a significant contribution to the game.

LEARNING HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR: PART 1

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: “Being aware of your fear is smart. Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.”

May 5, 2024: I am pleased that my diligent study of chess openings and endgames has yielded positive results. I wish you success in adopting a similar approach to enhance your chess skills.

The 2nd featured game: This game demonstrates the importance of studying endgames, especially when overcoming fear is crucial in desperate situations to secure a win. I trust you found enjoyment in this game… cheers.

THE DUTCH STONEWALL SERIES 1

IM SHARMA DUSHANT: Courage arises in those who seek victory.

02/April 2024/ IM Dushyant’s victory was remarkable, showcasing his tenacity and strategic prowess. Defeating a Super Grandmaster is like winning the lottery—an incredible achievement indeed.

The 2nd featured game: I never imagined it would come to this final position where both the king and queen are in jeopardy. I’m somewhat convinced that the reason white couldn’t castle was due to unnecessary piece movements that delayed the king’s safety, which is castling. I hope you enjoyed this game. Have a nice day.

CHESS PSYCHOLOGY: THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE SERIES 2

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: FAITH CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS

17/March 2024/ I am elated with this victory, which has positioned me as the sole leader in the tournament. I anticipated facing a Grandmaster or International Master in the final match. Nonetheless, it has been a fantastic day marked by a memorable triumph.

The 2nd featured game: International Master David Strauss extended his hand and congratulated me on winning first place. He offered his services to train and coach me, expressing belief in my potential to become a grandmaster someday. I felt humbled by his offer. I thank God for this victory, as well as the organizers and participants for making it a significant achievement.

CHESS PSYCHOLOGY: THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: FOCUS ON YOUR DREAMS, HAVE FAITH

07/March 2024/ I achieved a one-point lead over the rest of the competitors with this victory. A draw in the final round was enough for me to secure the win, and I managed to do that. I am grateful to the organizers and players for giving me this chance. I believe God always takes care of me.

The 2nd featured game: This game is unforgettable for me. I had to beat FM Jordan in my final game to secure the title, and I succeeded. It was a remarkable accomplishment that gave me many opportunities in Australia. FM Brian Jones even invited me to appear on the cover of the Australian Chess Magazine. I hope you enjoyed this game. Keep chasing your dreams.

THE PETROFF DEFENSE: SERIES 1

GM WESLEY SO: THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDYING ENDGAME

22/February 2024/ White played carefully in this game, he made sure that there was no drawing chances in the rook ending. Moreover, the game went spectacularly in the sense where the start of black’s misery when the e5 pawn was left hanging. Fantastic game by the American/ Filipino Super GM Wesley So.

The 2nd featured game: Super GM Robson’s novelty move 15. f5 in a class of its own. Added with the mind-boggling 18. Rxf7 is a joy to see such an amazing move! Well, done…

THE SEMI-SLAV DEFENSE: SERIES 1

GM ALIREZA FIROUZJA: GOLD MEDALS ARE MADE OF DETERMINATION & GUTS

30/January 2024/ Beating World Champion Magnus Carlsen using the black pieces is quite a feat. Super GM Firouzja’s piece play and counter attacking moves lead to winning the game. Amazing…

The 2nd featured game: Excellently played by SuperGM Jules Moussard. He delayed castling anticipating white would pressure black’s kingside. Great control of mind and perseverance to win. I hope you enjoyed the game. Thanks, and looking forward to a great weekend.

THE TWO KNIGHTS DEFENSE: SERIES 1

GM NODIRBEK ABDUSATTOROV: ONCE IN A LIFETIME ENCOUNTER, CHERISH EACH MOMENT BECAUSE IT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED

22/January 2024/ SIMPLY AMAZING GAME… SuperGM Nodirbek Abdusattorov masterfully showed us the way to refute the line 4…Ne4 by just simple castle 5. 0-0. Black can’t do much due to black king still at the center and must play defensive first. Lovely game. Thanks to all and hope you have a great week.

The 2nd featured game: Super GM Fabiano Caruana played like a relentless attacking machine. This game is a classic attack and counter-attack quality game. Enjoy watching and a good coffee…

THE SMYSLOV VARIATION VERSUS THE KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE (KID)

GM DANIIL DUBOV: BEGIN NOW, BOLDNESS HAS GREATNESS IN IT, FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS

09/January 2024/ Amazing tactics by Super GM Dubov. He showed us the way to beat the King’s Indian Defense (KID) using the Smyslov Variation. For upcoming beginners to experts, I suggest studying his games, explore his ideas will benefit your journey to become a master someday.

The 2nd featured game: Highly instructive game by Super GM Dubov. This explains why the Smyslov Variation’s adaptability or flexibility in either complex or quiet play. Well done, Daniil.

MY GAMES VERSUS GRANDMASTERS: NEW YEAR EDITION

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: WINNING IS NOT EVERYTHING BUT MAKING THE EFFORT TO WIN IS

30/December 2023/ I cherish this game with Australian GM Darryl Keith Johansen. This game I use as part of chess education instruction from beginner to expert. Thanks, GM Johansen, for this game, cheers. mate. Happy New Year 2024…

The 2nd featured game: Fantastic game with GM David Smerdon, from opening to the end, playing with a strong Australian GM pushes you to your limits. I thank GM Smerdon for the opportunity to play him, cheers mate.

MY GAMES VERSUS GRANDMASTERS: CHRISTMAS EDITION

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: SOMETIMES YOU WILL NEVER KNOW THE VALUE OF A MOMENT UNTIL IT BECOMES A MEMORY

24/December 2023/ US Champ Alexander Shabalov was my first GM win at that time and very much hungry to play against more GMs, in that way, you increase your level of play, experience and confidence. I hope you enjoyed it… cheers.

The 2nd featured game: I was happy about this result playing US Champion Alex Yermolinsky, a legend and well-respected US GM. Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year “2024”… Peace be with you…GOD BLESS, PROTECT AND SHOWER US WITH LOVE & GRACE ♥♥♥

BEATING THE SICILIAN MOSCOW VARIATION: SERIES 1

IM/WGM BIBISARA ASSAUBAYEVA: WHEN POSITIVE THINGS ARE MADE, THAT RETURNS WELL

20/December 2023/ IM/WGM Assaubayeva masterfully handled the Sicilian against the solid Moscow variation. Black’s two bishops in the middle game pressured white’s kingside which contributed to WGM Daulyte-Cornette’s blunder at move 30.

The 2nd featured game:  Pretty instructive game. Super GM Vidit amazingly controlled the game from start to end. He creatively finds ways to initiate pressure in all corners. Highly recommended as a tool for chess instruction.

HOW TO BEAT THE SEMI-SLAV: SERIES 1

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: IT'S ALWAYS THE SMALL PIECES THAT MAKE THE BIG PICTURE

16/December 2023/I cherish this game since GM Villamayor was already one of the brightest prospects in Philippine Chess that time, but with perseverance and positive make-up, I have beaten my Coach.

The 2nd featured game:  World Champion Vladimir Kramnik’s 16. e5 move is part of a jigsaw puzzle. The other part of the jigsaw puzzle is the move 25. Nc3. This game is such a “WORK OF ART”…loved it…

THE NIMZO-NDIAN DEFENSE: SERIES 1

GM WESLEY SO: DO NOT WAIT FOR OPPORTUNITY, CREATE IT

13/December 2023/ Awesome game by Super GM Wesley So. Lovely strategy to undermine the a1 to h8 diagonal. The theory behind 12. Nf4 is revealed. I hope you learned something and enjoyed it. Thank you for your support, and God Bless You all…

The 2nd featured game:  Super GM Caruana’s 18. Bxf7 ch. move is effortlessly magical; his mind is full of creativity and unpredictability. Amazing game…

THE KRASENKOW VARIATION: SERIES 2

FM JESSE NOEL SALES: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARDWORK

08/December 2023/ From the opening stage where white dictated the game till the end part. Therefore, as a result, discipline and hardwork will never betray you. I will always cherish my wins against grandmasters where you learn a lot and are challenged at the most. Thanks to GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio Jr. for this wonderful game.

The 2nd featured game:  Super GM Bartel’s 27. Bd3 move, amazed me. His style of play has a resemblance with World Champ Gary Kasparov’s dynamic play. Well done…

MASTERING THE GIUOCO PIANO: SERIES 3

GM VIDIT, SANTOSH GURATHI: FINDING THE WEAKEST LINK

05/December 2023/ I like the way Super GM Vidit set-up his pieces, at the same time, waiting for white to overextend his kingside pawns eventually, leaving a weak link at f4 square. Imagine when you wait for the right moment, sometimes, your ability to speculate things to happen, it just happens naturally.

 

The 2nd featured game:  American Super GM Niemann’s performance lately is outstanding, all the rumors or accusations about cheating faded or overlapped by his amazing results.

CONQUEST IN THE SICILIAN NAJDORF 4

GM VACHIER LAGRAVE, MAXIME: NOBODY PLAYS LIKE SUPER GM MAXIME

25/November 2023/ Lots of Sicilian Najdorf games, I have seen but this game explains why I love playing the Sicilian Defense. French Super GM Vachier Lagrave, Maxime always play instructive chess. Well done…

The 2nd featured game: Amazing and truly educational game!!! I love the idea of 6. Rg1, as it goes ‘all in’ to pressure black’s kingside at an early stage. You’re the best…World Champ Magnus… 

THE SICILIAN DEFENSE: FOUR KNIGHTS VARIATION 1

GM FABIANO CARUANA: THE ALWAYS BRILLIANT SUPER GM

11/November 2023/ Nothing can compare “THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE TO WIN”, this is what Super GM Caruana has shown us, why he still has it to become the next world champion.

The 2nd featured game: Magnificent play by Super GM Abdusattorov, he is really special with his world class play. Very nice game, indeed.

MASTERING THE GIUOCO PIANO: SERIES 2

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: FANTASTIC ENDGAME VISION

11/November 2023/ One word I must say here, World Champ Magnus Carlsen is “THE GOAT”. No one can compare his performances and achievements in this generation as long as he keeps on playing. You’re the Best and Congratulations..World Champ Carlsen!!!

The 2nd featured game: Simply an easy win by Super GM Wesley So. By breaking black’s queenside pawn chain, enough to create weak pawn structures and all followed with technically basic moves to win. Congratulations….Wesley…

CONQUEST IN THE SICILIAN NAJDORF: SERIES 3

GM WESLEY SO: PHILIPPINES CHESS PRODIGY

31/October 2023/ Fantastic game by the American/Filipino Super GM Wesley So, he played carefully, did not allow World Champ Magnus Carlsen to recover from a disadvantageous position in the middle game. Lovely game. I hope you like it and learn from it. Thank you.

The 2nd featured game: Fantastic moves, very entertaining game by SuperGM Levon Aronian. The idea of delayed castling confuses black on where to pressure white. Amazing game it is…hope you loved it. Have a nice day to all. Enjoy your coffee…

THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT ACCEPTED: SERIES 2

GM MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED STUDY MATERIAL

26/October 2023/ If FIDE has an award for ‘Best Game of the Year’, I will nominate this game. Amazing guts and grit shown by French Super GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in defeating the great “Magnus Carlsen”.

The 2nd featured game: Super GM Loek Van Wely contributed a theoretical Novelty (!?) at move 13. Bd2. The bishop is much better placed at d2 than taking the bishop at e7. Nice game indeed. Enjoy your coffee…

THE QUEEN'S INDIAN DEFENSE: SERIES 1

GM ARAVINDH CHITHAMBARAM VR: NO GUTS, NO GLORY

16/October 2023/ Super GM Aravindh’s character over the board is a ‘class of his own’, he is very patient, calm and enjoying the game by defending well and counter-attacking. Well Done….Super GM Chithambaram…

The 2nd featured game: A cool game by GM Adam Kozak. I see how tenacious black to not give in to a much higher rated player. This is an example if you fight with heart plus preparation you win many battles. I hope you like this game and learn. Thanks.

THE SCOTCH GAMBIT CHRONICLES 2

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: NOBODY PLAYS LIKE MAGNUS

28/September/ This is a quick win by World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen versus Super GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave. Black dictated the game, the 7…gf6 is an excellent theoretical move versus the Scotch Gambit. Black resigned due to the mate at g2 while the bishop at c7 is hanging free. I hope you have learned and enjoyed this game. God Bless and keep safe always…

The 2nd featured game: This is a one-sided game. White was not able to counter black’s offense. It really matters heavily when a pair of bishops in an open position is always a factor in penetrating dark or light square weaknesses. Fantastic game..Super GM Fabiano Caruana. I hope you learned from this game. Thank you for the support. God Bless…

THE BOGO-INDIAN DEFENSE 2

GM PRAGGNANANDHAA R: INDIAN CHESS PRODIGY

19/September/Fantastic win by Super GM Praggnanandhaa. You can never relax playing him, he has imaginative mind and has complex understanding of ENDGAME POSITIONS. Congratulations Super GM Pragg!!!

The 2nd featured game: In India, the grassroots program is quantifying their success with heaps of incoming chess prodigies. Super GM Gukesh D is one of the brightest young chessplayer ever produced. He has bright future, someday will become a World Chess Champion. 

MASTERING THE GIUOCO PIANO 1

GM JU WENJUN: BEAUTY AND BRAINS

04/September/Fantastic game by Women World Champion Ju, Wenjun. This is evident that the raising of the intellectual bar of Women Chess is Good News. I want to see more like the Legend Super Grandmaster Judith Polgar, who is the inspiration of chess players globally. I hope you learn from this game, thank you for the support.

The 2nd featured game: Amazing grit by SuperGM Alireza Firouzja. His patience and keen eye did not allow World Champ Magnus Carlsen to look for any possible winning counter offensive. Fantastic perseverance to improve chess skills on an impressive high note. I hope you liked this game and learned from it. Thank you.

THE AGGRESSIVE ROSSOLIMO VARIATION

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL..

30/August/Elegant game!!! Both wanted to win, but the black’s weak pawn structures was the deciding factor. I applaud Super GM Nijat Abasov for his effort and fighting skills to play his best against “THE GOAT” Magnus Carlsen.

The 2nd featured game: Artfully played by Super GM Caruana. There is no better way to play against an aggressive player like Super GM Abasov but to sense every threat and repel it with counter offense. Lovely game…

THE BOGO-INDIAN SYSTEM

GM LI DI: THE WEAKNESS OF THE BOGO-INDIAN DEFENSE

228/August/2023 – Fantastic game by GM Li, Di. Black’s attack on white’s kingside in the middle game is useless because the 24…Qa4 move had fallen to white’s plan of breaking black’s central pawns. White’s ability to temp black to enter into a setup trap is amazing indeed. Lovely game…

The 2nd featured game: A cool game by Sorensen. White tried all his tools to penetrate black’s defensive structure but fell short. Imagination really is an important factor to win games. Happy to share this game to you all. God Bless…

THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT: EXCHANGE VARIATION

GM VINCENT KEYMER: IT'S JUST A MATTER OF WHEN & HOW TO BEAT THE GREAT MAGNUS

20/August/2023 – In a crucial match when you must win is not crystal clear if your opponent is also in a must win mindset even the underdog. Super GM Vincent Keymer became an instant chess superstar when he beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen, inspiring millions of youngsters worldwide. Let’s find out.

The 2nd featured game: There comes a time when playing white was more dominant than handling the black pieces. Such players like World Champion Vladimir Kramnik when he handled the white pieces using 1. Nf3 always has a 65/35 chance of winning. Nowadays, black is equally dominant, surely the level of chess opening research has been done. We witness how Queen’s Gambit Declined: Exchange Variation becoming one of the best chess openings in handling 1. d4. Let’s find out.

THE FRENCH WINAWER VARIATION

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: NOBODY THINKS AND PLAYS LIKE MAGNUS

25/July/2023 – Magnificent game!!! What a way to win an endgame position. Super World Champion Magnus Carlsen is the “GOAT” no doubt about it… I hope he will challenge current World Champion Ding Liren in the next FIDE World Chess Championships. It will be a fantastic event for all of us worldwide. Thank you so much and have a great day today. Keep safe always.

The 2nd featured game: Very dynamic play by Super GM Arjun Erigaisi. Lots of ideas shown here, to those 1. e4 player, this is an added knowledge to play against the French Defense. Fantastic Game. Thank you again for your support. Cheers…

CONQUEST IN THE SICILIAN NAJDORF 2

GM MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE: KNOWLEDGE IS HELPFUL, BUT CREATIVITY IS A PRODUCT OF IMAGINATION

14/July/2023 – Magnificent!!! Bravo Super GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave…this is the standard play of Sicilian Najdorf. That rook sacrifice at c3, I have seen that many times in Sicilian encounters. Fantastic show by the French Super GM. I hope you loved it…cheers.

The 2nd featured game: Fantastic game and very entertaining as well. GM Velimir Ivic after this win, maybe he was on ‘CLOUD 9″ beating the likes of Super GM Parham Maghsoodloo. There is a moral lesson here, “To overcome fear is the way to win, no matter what the situation is”. I loved this game and hope you do too. Thanks for your support. God Bless.

CONQUEST IN THE SICILIAN NAJDORF 1

GM MAKSIM CHIGAEV: IMAGINATION IS GREATER THAN KNOWLEDGE

06/July/2023 – Super GM Maksim Chigaev is such an entertaining chess player. His ability to create unpredictable moves rattled even the likes of Super GM Wesley So. Fantastic Sicilian game. Thank you so much…cheers.

The 2nd featured game: What a fighting game!! This is typical of the Sicilian Najdorf pattern of play, attack!! attack!! then attack. Lovely game by Australian GM Bobby Cheng, congratulations for contributing a Novelty (N) on this very entertaining game. To all Sicilian players, this is another ‘FOOD FOR THOUGHT’ for you to enjoy. Have a nice day to all of you…cheers.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

QUEEN'S GAMBIT DECLINED: SYSTEMS WIHOUT THE Nc3

GM MISHRA ABHIMANYU: YOUNGEST GRANDMASTER IN HISTORY

02/July/2023 – Excellently played by GM Abhimanyu Mishra! At his a young age, he is already ripe to reach FIDE 2600 to 2700 rating. With the right guidance and coaching, he will become another World Champ Robert “Bobby” Fischer or the likes of Super GMs Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana. Thank you so much and keep safe always. God Bless…

The 2nd featured game: Fantastic attacking game by Super GM Hikaru Nakamura. After the 13…g5 move, black’s kingside position is weakened. Also, white’s 18. d5 move added insult to black’s position while GM Nakamura continued to break black’s weak kingside pawn structure, resulting in a hopeless position. Very entertaining game… Thank you and keep safe always. God Bless…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

RUY LOPEZ 8. a4 VARIATION (THEORY & PRACTICE)

GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV: TALENT PLUS HARDWORK IS A WINNER

27/June/2023 – Amazing tactical play by Australian GM Temur Kuybokarov. In chess, many times, gut feeling and imagination can help, same thing with Albert Einstein quote “Imagination is more important than Knowledge. I hope you enjoyed this game and thank you for your support. Congrats Mate GM Temur.

The 2nd featured game: Lovely game by GM Julio Becerra Rivero, his masterful delegation of pieces at black’s kingside. GM Rogelio Barcenilla must have missed some chances at move 33. Yet, this game has shown us the idea behind the 8. a4 variation. I hope you like and enjoy it. Thank you and have a nice day to all…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE KING'S GAMBIT with 2...ef4

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: THEORY & PRACTICE THE KEY TO WIN

20/June/2023 – A cool game by World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Super entertaining, lots of counter attacking play for both Super GMs. For 1..e5 players, this is a relevant educational game for you to learn all aspects of the game.

The 2nd featured game: Amazing game by Super GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov. To all upcoming kiddies and junior players. I suggest you study games of Super GMs Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Arjun Erigaisi and Genius Gukesh D. Create a database of their games (white and black) then study it. I hope you enjoyed it and loved it. Thank you for your support.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE SICILIAN DEFENSE versus 3. Bb5

GM NODIRBEK ABDUSATTOROV: THE POWER OF PLANNING AND STRATEGY

13/June/2023 – An entertaining game by Super GM Abdusattorov. There is a difference between playing to win and aiming to win. I believe with black’s tenacious play is obviously aiming to win from the very start. Fantastic game. I hope you love it too…thank you…Cheers.

The 2nd featured game: Super elegant play by Australian GM Temur Kuybokarov, it is a show of force and a clinically calculated strategy to control the game from opening to end. Thank you for your support. Hope you enjoyed and have a wonderful weekend ahead.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE FRENCH DEFENSE Versus 3. Nc3

GM TEMUR KUYBOKAROV: THE HUNT FOR GREATNESS

09/June/2023 – FANTASTIC MOVES BY GM Temur Kuybokarov. From start to finish, the game was wild and very tactical. It’s amazing to see why 1. e4 chessplayers play so aggressively.

The 2nd featured game: Very dynamic play by Super GM Arjun Erigaisi. Lots of ideas shown here, to those 1. e4 player, this is an added knowledge to play against the French Defense. Fantastic Game. Thank you again for your support. Cheers…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE 8. Ne2 Variation versus the Grunfeld Defense

IM BIBISARA ASSUBAYEVA: HARDWORK IS BETTER THAN TALENT

04/June/2023 – Fantastic show of IM Bibisara Assaubayeva, her style is tactical and very aggressive. More preparations and continued training, she will be a force to reckon with. She is one of my favorite women chess players. I hope you like this game, thanks for the support. Cheers….

The 2nd featured game: What a one sided game for white. Simplicity is Beauty. Super GM Liem Le Quang obviously was well prepared. I am liking now the 8. Ne2 variation, hope you use it also in your future games. Thank you and keep your cool always.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT ACCEPTED 2...dc4

GM NODIRBEK ABDUSATTOROV: THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS TO FOCUS ON GOALS, NOT OBSTACLES

02/June/2023 – Amazing piece coordination and tactics by Super GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov. In just one mistake from white, resulted in a winning endgame for black. This is a good example on how to handle the Queen’s Gambit Accepted. Another weapon for you to use in the future. Thank you and be safe always.

The 2nd featured game: Very nice game from Super GM Sarin Nihal. White was not able to pressure black, I am liking now the Queen’s Gambit Accepted setup it seems a reliable opening against 1. d4. I hope you enjoyed and would be playing the QGA soon. Thank you and have a nice day.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

HOW TO DEFEND A BENKO GAMBIT ATTACK

GM FABIANO CARUANA: EXCELLENT DEFENSIVE SKILLS

26/May/2023 – Very accurate defense by Super GM Fabiano Caruana. It looks like he set up a trap, allowing black pieces to come in. Now if black moves 23…Nxf2 then simply 24. Nf4 trapping the queen at h3. Amazing imagination by black, only with strong courage and will to withstand a rampaging Benko Gambit Attack. Fantastic Game!!! Loved it…Thank you all, keep safe always…  

The 2nd featured game: What can I say, this game is very enjoyable to watch. Super GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave is such a fighter. In his other game I annotated before I called him ” The Rambo of Chess”. I hope you also enjoyed it and learned from it. Thanks, and Keep safe Always.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THEORY BEHIND THE TRIPLE PAWN: THE CATALAN SYSTEM

GM WESLEY SO: IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE

22/May/2023 – Wonderful game!!! How tricky the triple pawn idea is. Well done, Super GM Wesley So. This reminds every chess player to not mind relaxing but to think deeply or be mindful against incoming threats or tactical strategies. I hope you learned from this game. God Bless You all…

The 2nd featured game: Nice strategic play by Super GM Hikaru Nakamura. White cannot prevent the pawn at a4 to go to a2 square and the rook at a8 will move via d8 to d2 attacking the f2 pawn and occupying the 7th rank for both rooks which is winning. This is an example that as long as there are still active pieces no matter how bad the pawn structure, anything can happen. Thank you for the support… keep positive minded. Cheers…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE FASHIONABLE BERLIN: Variation 5. c3

GM ALIREZA FIROUZJA: TOXIC PRECISION

20/May/2023 – Very entertaining game from both GMs. Congratulations to Super GM Alireza Firouzja, he held his hopes high and deserved a fantastic win. What a fighting game, I have never thought black would lose having a solid and good defense in the middle game, still, anything can happen in chess.

The 2nd featured game: Amazing!!!  After white’s 13. e5 move, Super GM Caruana dictated the tempo of the game. Black has no clear path to level the position but just reacting to white’s threat. Since white is pawn up, in the endgame, it is much easier to find the winning moves. Great game… Super GM Fabiano Caruana. I hope you enjoyed the game and thank you for your support. God Bless You All.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

WHEN THE POWERFUL SICILIAN DEFENSE IS ON ITS KNEES

GM IAN NEPOMNIACHTCHI: THE SICILIAN DEFENSE SLAYER

19/May/2023 – AMAZING GAME. It is a beauty to see the outcome of 11. Bb5 move, and unusual to see 3 pawns rolled together to restrain the rook at b8. I really enjoyed this game and learned a lot. I hope you like it too. Thank you so much for your support. Please register at my site, go to the menu then click: Register… Thank you… Keep safe always…

The 2nd featured game: Incredible game by Super GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. His moves are very calculating making sure all sides are safe away from any complications. White’s opening idea 6. Qf3 is a force to reckon against the Sicilian Najdorf since the theme is extra aggressive. Many chess followers would love to use this line to be one of their opening arsenal. Lovely day today in Sydney, the sun is bright, coffee is great while doing blog today. Thank you so much for the support… God Bless you all…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE SICILIAN DEFENSE : POISONED PAWN VARIATION

GM DING LIREN: NO FEAR, TAKE THE b2 and a2 pawn.

17/May/2023 – FANTASTIC!!!  Very nice game by the current World Champ Ding Liren. This game has so much energy and firepower. White generously sacrificed pawns but were not sufficient to create an advantageous position. In the endgame, it was already clear that black will be victorious because of pawn superiority and threats from the pair of knights. Thank you for your support and God Bless you all. Keep safe always…

The 2nd featured game: Excellent game!!! Every 100 years, there’s always a born genius either in music, science, mathematics, sports or chess. World Champion Robert “Bobby” Fischer is one of the greatest chessplayers and we are lucky to have his games for us to study until now. For all movie producers, it is high time to make a movie about the life of the genius American Robert “Bobby” Fischer. Thank you so much for all your support and God Bless…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

THE EVANS GAMBIT

GM MAXIME VACHIER-LAGRAVE: UNPREDICTABLE TACTICS

13/May/2023 – Super GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave played flawlessly while Super GM Wesley So was not able to recover after the move 11.Nf7. What we learned from this game is that when the king is uncastled and stays at center, it will be difficult to develop immobile or cramped pieces. Black dictated the game from opening to the end. Fantastic game. I hope you learned how to play the “Evan’s Gambit”. 

The 2nd featured game: Excellent game!!! This game is unique, it is packed with lots of tactics and strategic ideas. GM Sergei Zhigalko is a bloody warrior!!! Thank you for your support and enjoy your weekend. God Bless All of You…

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE SCOTCH GAMBIT

GM MAGNUS CARLSEN: THE "GOAT"

11/May/2023 – This is a quick win by World Champion GM Magnus Carlsen versus Super GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave. Black dictated the game, the 7…gf6 is an excellent theoretical move versus the Scotch Gambit. I hope you have learned and enjoyed this game. 

The 2nd featured game: This is a one-sided game. White was not able to counter black’s offense. It really matters heavily when a pair of bishops in an open position is always a factor in penetrating dark or light square weaknesses. Fantastic game..Super GM Fabiano Caruana. I hope you learned from this game. 

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

HOW TO BEAT THE PETROFF DEFENSE

GM WESLEY SO: MASTER OF CHESS THEORY

07/May/2023 – White played carefully in this game, he made sure that there was no drawing chances in the rook ending. Moreover, the game went spectacularly in the sense, where the start of black’s misery when the e5 pawn was left hanging. Fantastic game by the American/Filipino Super GM Wesley So.

The 2nd featured game: This game is very easy for white, GM Mikhail Panarin knows well what to do when black’s king castle is kingside. It is really unpleasant for black because most of white’s forces are aiming at destroying black’s defensive structure.

But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE MODERN BENONI: 8. Bd3 LINE

GM SERGEI SHIPOV: THE STRATEGY SPECIALIST

02/May/2023 – Elegant!!! This is how I commend this game. What a nice game by GM Sergei Shipov, it is like a smooth operating machine slowly weakening black’s position. This is the main line of the Modern Benoni using the 8. Bd3 Line.

The 2nd featured game: amazing game and courage by GM Denis Lazavik. Rating is not a factor when your will demands to win. Fantastic ideas and such a complicated game to play white’s 10. Bb5 variation. I have checked the current rating of GM Denis Lazavik, it is now FIDE (2544) and a full-fledged grandmaster. but have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE SNAKE BENONI

GM JOEL LAUTIER: FANTASTIC OPENING IDEAS

30/April/2023 – Fantastic game by GM Joel Lautier. This opening is different from the Modern Benoni because black’s dark bishop will go to d6-c7-a5 which is not consistent with the theory of Modern Benoni. Moreover, if you do not have knowledge about this set up it is not easy to deal with the “Snake Benoni”. The French GM showed his way of dealing with this opening and was very successful in taming it.

The 2nd featured game: IM Daniel Barria Zuniga played a vicious game. Black was not able to counter white’s attack. This is a type of play on how to engage the tricky black opening to not allow to develop pieces. Fantastic play, but have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE USING THE 9. b4 BAYONET ATTACK

GM ANISH GIRI: SUPER OPENING PREPARATION

25/April/2023 – Great understanding of the Bayonet Attack is illustrated in this game. Black’s kingside attack is blocked by white on a well calculate response. GM Anish Giri, is one of Super GMs that cannot be underestimated, he could be the next World Champion someday.

The 2nd featured game: World Champ GM Vladimir Kramnik played a masterpiece using the dangerous Bayonet Attack. The King’s Indian Defense is one of the most dangerous and cunning chess opening against the 1. d4 Opening. In this game, GM Kramnik showed his class and his superb knowledge employing the solid but vicious Bayonet Attack. But have a hot & delicious coffee first.

BEATING THE KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE USING THE 7. Be3 Line

GM MATTHIAS BLUEBAUM: ULTIMATE THREAT TO ALL SUPER GMs

09/April/2023 – “Excellence” is the word I can say about this game. German GM Matthias Bluebaum with his fantastic showcase on how to use the 7. Be3 line against the King’s Indian Defense, when Super GM Alireza Firouzja can’t stop white’s incredible strategy and fine tactics to break black’s defenses. Congrats… GM Matthias Bluebaum… keep up the good work.

The 2nd featured game; GM Yangyi Yu prefers lines that control the tempo of the game. His masterful opening preparedness has illustrated how to switch from middlegame to endgame in an advantageous position. But have a hot & delicious coffee first…

WHEN GRABBING A PAWN IS DISADVANTAGEOUS

GM ANISH GIRI: THE SMOOTH OPERATOR SUPER GM

29/March/2023 – GM Anish Giri played flawlessly in this game. He did not allow GM Alexander Grischuk to counterattack but was forced to defend  weak positions due to black’s delayed development. GM Giri exercised his will power to beat black in classy fashion.

The 2nd featured game; GM Nihal Sarin showed how to handle black’s Cambridge Spring setup. The turning point of the game when taking the pawn at a3 determined the culmination of the game where black was destroyed fiercely. But have a hot & delicious coffee first…

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GM ROGELIO "JOEY" ANTONIO, Jr.: THEORY AND PRACTICE

08/Jan/2023 – GM Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr. showed his master class using the 4. Qd4 line against FM Christopher Castellano Accelerated Dragon. It is a classic endgame masterpiece showing elegance in using 2 knights versus 2 bishops in an endgame which I consider relevant to use as chess endgame material for students. 

 

The 2nd featured game showed how to handle the 5…a6 line used by GM Salgado Lopez, Ivan of Spain versus GM Sargissian, Gabriel of Armenia. White illustrated how to break black center that caused black’s delay in development.  But have a hot & delicious coffee first…

Beating the Queen's Gambit (QGD) Using 6. Bf6 Line

FM Jesse Noel Sales: TRICKY VARIATIONS AND TIME ATTACK

11/Dec/2022 – FM Jesse Noel Sales likes to play 3-minute BLITZ Chess at Lichess.org.  Encountering a grandmaster (GM) in a fast-paced game is nerve wrecking. GM Odessacoach is a very strong player, but I need to focus, use my experience and some tricks to rattle the GM. It is a win-win to play with grandmasters either a win or loss. You will learn a lot and gain confidence.

 

The 2nd featured game played at lichess.org is an attacking game. It’s like the famous quote “NEVER RETREAT, NEVER SURRENDER”. Playing in 3 minutes BLITZ is enjoyable but if you want to win; you need opening preparation.

Beating the Grunfeld with 4. Bg5 line

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FM Jesse Noel Sales: SOLID PREPARATION

8/10/2022 – FM Jesse Noel Sales consistent opening preparation and solid play showed how to handle the 4. Bg5 line against the Grunfeld Defense. It is one of many sub-lines to deviate from the main variation. Black’s 17…b6 move suddenly collapses black’s position.

 

The 2nd featured game is played at chess.com. I played a strong blitz player in an exhibition game for 3 minutes. Black’s 16…Bd7 move is a mistake, but I missed the follow-up move 17. d5. But enjoy your hot and delicious coffee first..

Taking on the Grunfeld Defense

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GM Ding, Liren: His solid game and excellent opening knowledge is his advantage

11/06/2022 –  GM Liren Ding is such a special talent. He plays like World Champ Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.  His high level understanding of chess openings and robust endgame knowledge is amazing. In this game, he showed how to beat the Grunfeld  Defense in entertaining fashion. 

The 2nd featured game employed the 10. Rb1 line. GM Andreikin showed confidence in beating the Grunfeld Defense.  But enjoy your  hot and delicious coffee first…

The King's Indian Attack

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GM Arjun Erigaisi: Genius and Future World Champion

6/05/2022 –  GM Arjun Erigaisi has shown that he can reach 2700 FIDE Rating by beating Super GMs. This game illustrated how deep GM Erigaisi’s level of endgame understanding.

 

The 2nd featured game is entertaining to watch because GM Wesley So may have underestimated his young opponent. Any tactical move by GM Wesley So did not intimidate the young GM Arjun Erigaisi.  But enjoy your  hot and delicious coffee first…

The Catalan System 1

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GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov: Creative play, lots of tactics

13/04/2022 –  GM Mamedyarov delayed castling to set-up an attack at black’s kingside.  When the g-file is opened, black cannot stop white from destroying the kingside. This game is a masterpiece.

 

The 2nd featured game is also exciting to watch. Interestingly, white’s strategy is to delay black’s bishop at c8 to develop. White’s pawn at c6 has caused a ripple effect at black’s inferior position.  But enjoy your coffee first…

How to beat the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack?

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FM Jesse Noel Sales: Fantastic Strategy

31/03/2022 –  Limiting black’s piece development is the scope of white’s plan. After 13. Bb5 move, black has difficulty coordinating his pieces. 1993 US Champion GM Alexander Shabalov blundered on move 19, his queen was trapped at f7 square.

 

Interestingly, white’s strategy is to play reversed Slav defense. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov showed his class by pressuring his opponent relentlessly. Let’s check it out. But coffee first…

Beating the Semi-Slav 3

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FM Jesse Noel Sales: Amazing strategy to win

26/03/2022 –  Preparation is essential when you want to achieve greatness in your chess career. Have a strict time to study chess, nobody would help you… but you only. Lucky if someone offers you free training but no one does that.  Only people with a good heart will be able to share that knowledge without compensation. Focus on what you want to do for yourself with no distractions.

 

Our  featured games showed how significant it is to prepare well in your openings. Self study works but there is more to that to be able to beat much stronger players. Let’s check it out. But coffee first…

Beating the Semi-Slav 2

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FM Jesse Noel Sales: Fantastic attacking game

17/03/2022 –  There is a saying “Fortune always favors the Brave”.  FM Jesse Noel Sales executed a diversional tactic to create imbalance at black’s queenside. But the real plan was kingside assault.

Our 2nd featured game, GM Teimour Radjabov maturely displayed patience to outmaneuver young Super GM Alireza Firouzja in a cat and mouse game. Let’s check it out. But coffee first…

Beating the Semi-Slav 1

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GM Magnus Carlsen: Great theoretical contribution by the World Champion on Semi-Slav

11/03/2022 –  GM Magnus Carlsen showed his mastery in beating the Semi-Slav. He gave away 2 pawns in order to create a breakthrough that leads to a fantastic win versus GM Ding Liren.

Our 2nd featured game is one of the best games I have seen on how to beat the Semi-Slav. GM Ding Liren is two pawns up but has no value at all due to delayed development. There is a saying ” Two pawns up is not enough to win a game”. Let’s check it out. But coffee first…

The Scotch Gambit Chronicles 1

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GM Gawain Jones: Super ideas from the GM

13/02/2022 –  Super GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  placed his queen at b6 on move 15 to exchange queens. But the idea backfired… let’s find out.

Our 2nd featured game is very entertaining. GM Gawain Jones’ play is explosive and tricky. He was having trouble dealing with opponents’ better middle game position but with few tricks.. it worked.  Let’s check it out. But coffee first…

The Center Game Chronicles 1

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GM Mark Paragua: His game is absolutely superb

02/02/2022 –  GM Mark Paragua showed his class dismantling black’s Center Game using the 12…d5 line.  After move 23. Ne5, black’s position is broken. Very entertaining game…

Our 2nd featured game is played by GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and GM Pentala Harikrishna. Black used the 12…d6 line which is solid and defensive as shown… let’s find out . But coffee first…

Beating the Queen's Gambit 2: using 5. Bf4 line

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GM Magnus Carlsen : How to tame the Queen's Gambit?

23/1/2022 –  GM Magnus Carlsen demonstrated that he can play any white opening. This game, he showed how to pressure black’s center pawn and the game.

Fantastic game by GM Sergei Zhigalko by showing how to create a backward pawn in black’s central position. This is a very instructive game, so let’s enjoy it but coffee first.

Beating the Queen's Gambit: using 5. Bf4 line

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GM Ding Liren : the Queen's Gambit killer

13/1/2022 –  It is difficult to beat the Queen’s Gambit set-up because it has solid defense and controls the center. But GM Ding Liren shows us how to win by using the 5. Bf4 variation.

Both featured games are exciting to watch and learn. See how he beat GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Levon Aronian where black was not able to recover and was not able to counter punch at all.  What I noticed about GM Liren is he plays like the former World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov. But first things first,  have a hot and delicious coffee first…

The Anti-King's Gambit Chronicles 3

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GM Hikaru Nakamura : 4...g5 line vs the King's Gambit

4/1/2022 –  This featured game is a reflection of how tactical GM plays. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave sacrificed 2 pieces to destroy black’s kingside and ended in a Queen versus 3 pieces endgame.

The 2nd featured game is played on the ICCF platform where you play your opponent via email. You notice the rating and the level of play is quite above against 1500 rated players on live games. Most importantly we learn a valuable lesson that it is a must to research chess openings. But have a delicious and hot coffee first…

The Anti-King's Gambit Chronicles 2

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GM Sergey Karjakin : 2...ef4 line vs the King's Gambit

30/12/2021 –  Russian GM Sergey Karjakin played 5…Qh5 after white’s  5. Nf3.  The strategy of black is to hold on to the f4 pawn then slowly build-up to pressure white’s kingside.

The 2nd featured game showed how guts and perseverance to win is possible even playing a much higher rated GM,  but first, enjoy your hot and delicious coffee…

The Anti-King's Gambit Chronicles 1

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GM Alexander Grischuk : 2...ef4 line vs the King's Gambit

24/12/2021 –  Russian GM Alexander Grischuk showed his mastery in tackling the dangerous King’s Gambit. His technical style is amazing, slowly building his position and attacks smoothly…

GM Aleksandar Indjic beat GM Luke McShane in just 11 moves. Black’s 2…Nf6 line versus the King’s Gambit is so interesting. I can not believe a Super GM defeated flawlessly. Let’s find out.. but first, enjoy your hot and delicious coffee…

The Anti-Pirc Chronicles 3

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GM Tiberiu-Marian Georgescu : 5. Be3 vs Pirc Defense

17/12/2021 –  Romanian GM Georgescu displayed vast understanding on 5. Be3 line versus the Pirc Defense. Despite the huge difference of rating and playing a 2600 GM is no easy task at all. Determination to win, preparedness and guts is no doubt that he has the skills of Super GM as shown in his game.

Dealing against black’s 5…Ng4 line is a bit annoying. In this game, Brazilian GM Rafael Leitao  showed mastery why the move 5…Ng4 does not interfere with his plans to outmaneuver his opponent. When black’s king unfortunately stuck in the center, he did not waste time in destroying black’s kingside. Let’s find out.. but first, enjoy your hot and delicious coffee…

The Anti-Pirc Chronicles 2

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GM Kateryna Lagno : 5. Be3 line vs. The Pirc Defense

06/12/2021 –  Black used the 2…g6 line to divert the game in a different Pirc Format. Although it has similar make-up, the difference lies on execution. GM Kateryna Lagno has vast experience and understanding on this line as it is shown in Game 1. A chess prodigy, she became WGM at the age of 12.

Ukrainian GM Olexandr Bortnyk handled the 4. Be3 line fiercely against a very talented teen GM Nihal Sarin from India.  It  is an exciting game, both wanted to win but time is also a part of the game which is the deciding factor on the outcome of this fantastic game. But first, enjoy your hot and delicious coffee…

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GM Nikita Vitiugov: 5. Be3 line vs. The Pirc Defense chess blogs

GM Nikita Vitiugov: 5. Be3 line vs. The Pirc Defense

01/12/2021 –  The Pirc Defense is very similar to King’s Indian Defense but on 1. e4 opening classification. Russian GM Nikita Vitiugov displayed a systematic approach to attack black’s kingside. 

GM Hikaru Nakamura is well aware about the dangerous white’s 5. Be3 line. He delayed  castling at kingside to develop first the queenside pieces and pawns. Let us check how American GM Jeffery Xiong makes it so simple to beat GM Nakamura. This is a one sided game. But let us have a hot…delicious coffee… 

The Anti-Caro-Kann Chronicles 3

GM Peter Svidler: Fantastic Counter-Attack, chess blogs

GM Peter Svidler: Fantastic Counter-Attack

24/11/2021 –  Some GMs tolerate attacks on their territory, but it comes with precision and courage to acquire those skills. GM Peter Svidler is one of these grandmasters who possess excellent patience to repel attacks but of course it comes with a great plan.

GM Peter Svidler used his line 10. Bb4 which is a different line to previous Anti-CaroKann Chronicles 1 & 2. These 2 featured games are exciting and have a huge sense of unpredictability mostly in the climax part. Yes, the result always  ends well to those who are patient.. but coffee first…

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GM Sanan Sjugirov: The Visionary GM, chess blogs

GM Sanan Sjugirov: The Visionary GM

21/11/2021 –  The featured Game 1,  has shown elegance and exceptional tactical flair as executed by GM Sjugirov’s deep understanding of the opening. Easily he will reach 2700 rating in no time. Check his game history, he beat world champ GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Wesley So, GM Fabiano Caruana and some top 10 Super GMs.

GM Kovalenko dared his opponent to attack his king while still at the center. Indeed, GM Bartel accepted the challenge and wasted no time. When the smoke cleared, only one man was standing. But coffee first combined with coconut cake…yum!!

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GM Wesley So: Solid Line versus the Caro-Kann, chess blogs

GM Wesley So: Solid Line versus the Caro-Kann

15/11/2021 –   I find the Anti-Caro-Kann line by GM Wesley So educational. You will learn about the roles of each piece and when to strike. Amazing super strategic Game 1.

The featured 2nd game is an example of how tactical GM Wesley So when he wants to. He plays smooth, calm and unsuspecting but so dangerous when he fires the first shot combined with deadly combo. Let’s find out, but coffee and music are a perfect combination!!!

The Anti-French Chronicles 3

GM Richard Rapport: Anti-French Strategy and Game Plans., chess blogs

GM Richard Rapport: Anti-French Strategy and Game Plans.

13/11/2021 –   Not just I create chess blogs and share it to all chess players worldwide. But I learned a lot too. GM Richard Rapport’s clever execution of Anti-French 5. exd5 is self explanatory. To go for the endgame, pressure the center and the b7 pawn. as shown in Game 1.

GM Misraddin Iskandarov’s Anti-French is a similar set-up to Game 1. But it defers when the queen goes to b3 to pressure the b7 pawn. Let’s find out and enjoy the game. But coffee combined with music is best.

The Anti-French Chronicles 2

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GM Anton Guijarro: 2. Nf3 versus the "French Defense"

10/11/2021 –   GM Anton Guijarro  inspired chess players and gave honor to Spain especially when he beat Super GM Fabiano Caruana (USA) in theoretical fashion. At move 6. Bb5, obviously a prepared line undeniably with a bad motive to outplay black as shown in game 1.

The featured game 2 has all the ingredients of strategy and tactical play. GM Aleksandar Indjic is an extraordinary talent. He can reach 2700 rating in no time with his chess skills. A good coffee deserves your thirst of chess knowledge..cheers.

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GM Gadir Guseinov: 2. Nf3 versus the "French Defense"

06/11/2021 –   GM Gadir  Guseinov is one of the top players representing Azerbaijan. His teammates are Super GMs Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimur Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov and Arkadij Naiditsch will be top contender for the 2022 World Chess Olympiad. GM Gadir Guseinov’s play is mysteriously dangerous as shown in our featured 2 games.

I chose his 2. Nf3 setup versus the French Defense because it brings pieces out coordinately and always ahead of tempo as well. Study his games if you like his style. His king is always safe and plays methodical. Enjoy your coffee…

The Anti-Sicilian Chronicles 3

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GM R. Praggnanandhaa: Super Alapin 2. c3

02/11/2021 –   There are 69 chess grandmasters in India. Chess is the 2nd most popular sport next to Cricket.  Having a large population and millions play chess in a country, where inborn chess genius is not scarce. Teen genius GM R. Praggnanandhaa is one of the arising chess superstars in India.

I was amazed by his choice of Alapin line 6. g3 against black’s  2…Nf6 variation.  The game is so instructive from opening to endgame. The other featured game played by GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov as if like watching a “James Bond” movie, full of action and entertaining. But first…a good coffee…

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GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio: Lethal Alapin 2. c3, chess blogs

GM Rogelio "Joey" Antonio: Lethal Alapin 2. c3

30/10/2021 –    Grandmaster Rogelio “Joey” Antonio, Jr. of the Philippines has vast experience using the Alapin 2. c3 variation. A well prepared GM, many times Olympian and Philippine Champion contributed so much in Philippine Chess. His style is very strategical, creates weaknesses then overwhelm it with attack.

His 2 games illustrated why Alapin 2. c3 is a reliable white opening to counter the Sicilian Defense. Beating the likes of GM Mark Paragua and IM Roderick Nava explains that nothing sure when playing GM “Joey”. You must take courage and research more to outwit him in the opening, otherwise, you end up losing as shown on these games.

The Anti-Sicilian Chronicles 1

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The dangerous "Alapin Variation"

25/10/2021 –    The Sicilian Defense is considered the most aggressive black chess opening versus 1. e4. Many World Champs have used it to win the title such as GM Gary Kasparov, GM Robert “Bobby Fischer and GM Mikhail Tal. Even super genius GM Judit Polgar  play it so  entertaining to watch  and learn. But with the emergence of Anti-Sicilian variations in GM Level tournaments,   Alapin 2. c3, now a   perfect weapon to tame the wild Sicilian Defense.

Our featured two games explained why the Alapin variation is so cunning when both World Champ GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Welsey So attempted to win but with Alapin’s systematic approach and tactical flare, white successfully delivered. Its just nice chess games to learn and be entertained as well. But coffee first…

The King's Indian Chronicles 4

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PERUVIAN GM TEACHES US: THE BAYONET ATTACK

20/10/2021 –    In the 2013 World Cup, GM Jorge Cori of Peru  inflicted a defeat to GM Teimur Radjabov on  unpredictable fashion. His thinking is a bit deep, lies a modest move but there is a hidden tactical hack on it. He is a member of super-strong Webster University chess team managed by GM Susan Polgar.

The interesting features of these 2 games represent a valuable lesson,  to understand the idea behind each moves. Their level of play enrich our chess thinking by asking why or what? So, let us enjoy these games and gratify our curious minds. But coffee first…

The King's Indian Chronicles 3

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Teen GM Vincent Keyner: BAYONET ATTACK

13/10/2021 –    Even teen GM Vincent Keyner trusted the strength of the Bayonet Attack against the wild, aggressive King’s Indian Defense. Taming the bishop at g7 and control  black pawn’s from attacking white’s kingside is a standard make up of the Bayonet Attack.

Our featured two (2) games display different black variations that tells a story about how white breaks the pawn chain c7 and d6 to win the game. These games are classic example on how to penetrate black’s defensive structure. Enjoy and let’s have coffee while listening to Matt Monroe’s almost perfect baritone voice.

The King's Indian Chronicles 2

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GM Anand's Bayonet Attack

10/10/2021 –    Former world champion GM Viswanathan Anand is 1. e4 specialist. But in this game, he chose to play    1. d4  to challenge GM Teimour Radjabov’s favorite black opening “The King’s Indian Defense”.

Our featured two (2) games are both interesting yet highly entertaining.  The 1st game, GM Ivanchuk played the 9. Ne1 line. Young GM Radjabov controlled the tempo in the middle game, sacrificed a piece at g4 to destroy white’s defense. Let’s fill our curiosity and enjoy both games….cheers.  

The King's Indian Chronicles 1

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Avoiding the Bayonet Attack

06/10/2021 –    GM Teimur Radjabov considered the most feared King’s Indian  player. I have seen many of his games and there’s a resemblance with GM Kasparov’s games. 

Our featured two (2) games are both King’s Indian theme although there are transpositions, that diverted to different opening lines. GM Mamedyarov used  white’s g3 line, while the 2nd featured game, GM Kramnik  dealt with  GM Radjabov’s prepared King’s Indian line 7..exd4 (avoiding the Bayonet Attack). Let’s enjoy these games while having coffee and chocolate cake…Yum!!

The Semi Slav: Cambridge Springs Variation Series 1

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Black's tricky move: variation 7...Nxd5

17/09/2021 –    The  Semi-Slav: Cambridge Springs idea is to immediately attack white’s queenside at move 6…Qa5 combined with support from knight at f6 and bishop at f8. But white’s  a3 !! move  disrupts black’s intention to damage white’s queenside. Our featured 2  games is based on black’s variation 7…Nxd5. 

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Above are Cambridge Springs Variation

We study the game of former World Champ GM Vladimir Kramnik  8. Qd2 line (Game Viewer 1)  then the  game of Indian genius, 17 year old GM Sarin Nihal 8. Rc1 line (Game Viewer 2).

GM Vladimir Kramnik: The King's Indian Slayer - Series 2

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King's Indian Defense: Bayonet variation 9. b4

14/09/2021 –    The Bayonet Attack is one of several Anti-King’s Indian systems main goal is to tame the dangerous bishop at g7. The bishop at g7 many times chessplayers call it  “The Dragon Bishop”. Other strategy is to control the center then executes attack at black’s queenside in a methodical manner.

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Above are King's Indian Defense variations vs. Bayonet Attack

The Series 1 of the Bayonet Attack (chess blog No. 29/dated: 09/09/2021), we discussed black variations 10…Nf4 and 11…Nf6. Today, we will check how to defend against black variations 9…a5 (GM Kasparov’s move) and 9…c6. Let’s check below games…

GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime: The "John Rambo" of Chess

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The wandering king...

11/09/2021 –  Grandmaster’s responsibility before the game starts is to prepare/research upcoming opponent’s  weakness and strengths.  In this game between  super GM Vachier-Lagrave versus the rising star – 15 year old genius from India GM R. Praggnanandhaa, who do you think was much prepared? 

 Have a coffee and food while checking this game. I am sure you’ll need brain energy to analyze positions and to gain knowledge about the variations used in the Sicilian Four Knights. That’s all for today.. thank you, enjoy your weekend…

GM Vladimir Kramnik: The King's Indian Slayer - Series 1

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King's Indian Defense: Bayonet variation 9. b4

09/09/2021 –    The Bayonet Attack is one of several Anti-King’s Indian systems main goal is to tame the dangerous bishop at g7. The bishop at g7 many times chessplayers call it  “The Dragon Bishop”. Other strategy is to control the center then executes attack at black’s queenside in a methodical manner.

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Above are King's Indian Defense variations vs. Bayonet Attack

GM Vladimir Kramnik has contributed heaps of theoretical novelties using the Bayonet Attack. Even the great King’s Indian protagonist GM Kasparov is a victim of this super interesting “Bayonet Attack”. Let’s check the game of GM Karpov vs. GM Kasparov using the Samisch line for white and compare it with the game of GM Kramnik vs Kasparov using the Bayonet Attack for white.  Enjoy… bon appetit…

The Krasenkow Variation

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Tribute to GM Michal Krasenkow

23/7/2021 – In recognition of GM Michal Krasenkow’s contribution to chess theory, I would like to thank him for this wonderful move 4. g4 “The Krasenkow Variation”.  Recently, at 57, he represented Poland in the World Cup 2021, reached the 3rd round but lost to 15 year old Indian chess  genius GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa  on tiebreak games. I want to share with you one of his best games using the “Krasenkow Variation”.

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The Bayonet Attack

Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik is super theoretical when playing against the King’s Indian Defense.  His style has magic and unpredictability makes him dangerous to play with.

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How to win in Swiss and Round Robin Tournament...

15/07/2021 – What is success? How to be successful  chess player? What are the hindrances  shown in the image to overcome to be successful? Study this article: If you are a chess beginner, you may be asking what Swiss system or Round-robin tournament is? In the long run you will experience what it is all about this type of tournament system. Of course, every tournament is guided by FIDE Pairing rules; for example: playing an opponent higher rated than you or a much lower rated player, also playing either white or black would confuse you but do not worry because the computerized pairing system is proven accurate.

Now, most Swiss system/Round robin tournaments are 9 rounder or even much longer, if you noticed, it is always an odd number. Have you evaluated your playing style? Do you have a proper system to study chess openings to surprise your opponent? Are you better when handling the white or black?These are questions to assess yourself about how ready you are to compete. Since chess is governed by a willing attitude to learn, determination and patience, be confident in playing Swiss or Round robin events.

Why are grandmasters mentally conditioned before the tournament starts? Is it due to their deep theoretical understanding and well preparedness? But this is no secret at all, GMs have pet lines or prepared lines or noticeably some are much confident playing white other GMs prefer black.

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In year 2000, he became World Champion also undisputed World Champion in FIDE and Classical titles.

Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik has won 3 team gold medals in Chess Olympiad. He is highly theoretical  and dangerous when  using 1. Nf3 as white.

He authored my favorite book “KRAMNIK, my life and games”.

The Dutch Defense is a cunning but solid defense. Especially the Leningrad and Stonewall variation. Many white set-up has been successful in diverting positions in unusual ways where black is not comfortable.  

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Youngest ever undisputed World Chess Champion in 1985 at age 22

Grandmaster Garry Kasparov is one of the most successful and respected player in chess history. He authored “My Great Predecessors” and one of my favorite books” Fighting Chess”. 

He still coaches but if he has time, plays in Invitational Tournaments.

The King’s Indian Defense is one of the most feared black chess openings versus 1. d4. It plays a highly tactical game that if you do not defend well,  may wreck your kingside or the central control. There are several white openings that somewhat stick to methodological strategy to tame the attack of the King’s Indian Defense. Please check the image below.  

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