In Petrosian’s book Chess on the Top, the former world champion said that one should ‘‘trust, but verify’‘. This teaching should not be taken lightly and my interpretation of this is that it is essential that you add your own thoughts and opinion on everything you read.
This is especially important when it comes to studying theory books. It has taken me quite a few years, but finally I’ve come to the conclusion that if an opening variation is too weird for me then I shouldn’t play it, regardless who the author backing it is or how prestigious the engine spilling the moves is.
For example, in one of my recent tournament games the following Catalan position occurred after 6 moves:
I knew that the latest recommendation for white was to continue with 7.Nc3 followed by 8.Nd2 or 7.Nfd2 followed by 8.Nc3. White plays e4 next with a comfortable position.… Read more “Understanding what you play.”
Italy is one of our favourite destinations and not long ago we were (again) travelling to this beautiful country, this time to one of its famous islands, Sicily. It was my first time here and I was eager to get to know this place whose calling card is beyond inviting. I had great expectations and was afraid I might come back disappointed, as it usually happens in such situations, but nothing like that! I am only looking forward to my next trip to Sicily where the scenery, the food and people are wonderful.
Our destination was the small, but old and full of history town of Erice, located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750 meters above sea level and overlooking the city of Trapani. I could even say that it seems like a magical place, with its narrow streets, impressive historical monuments and breathtaking views of the island. Throughout the history Erice has been seen as a holy place (also thanks to its particular geographic position) and still holds the remains of numerous churches and cathedrals – no wonder it is known nowadays as “the Mountain of God”.… Read more “8th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi””
The highest league of the Spanish Team Championship, Division de Honor, took place from 26th of September to 2nd of October in Monzon. The event is famous for the number of strong players it reunites and this year’s edition was no exception.
The tournament venue, Monzon, is a small city in the province of Aragon, very close to the location of another famous tournament we have been writing a lot about, Benasque. An imposing fortress built on top of a hill greets the travelers from a distance, indicating the way to their destination. The Castle of Monzon was built during the tenth century, when the city was still under Muslim occupation. Later on, it was captured by Aragonese forces and in 1143 passed to the Templars, who added more walls and chambers to the castle. King James I of Aragon lived here under Templar protection during his childhood. After the dissolution of the Templars, the castle was captured by the army of James II of Aragon and it continued to maintain garrisons until the nineteenth century.… Read more “Spanish Team Championship – Division de Honor”
Already a tradition for the city of Avila, the 23rd edition of the rapid chess tournament Santa Teresa, that also pays homage to the local chess master Felix Garcia Ares, was celebrated on the 24th of September. With only two days left until the start of the Spanish Team First League, Division de Honor, the tournament represented a good reason for our team to gather a few days before and play a nicely organized competition.
Avila is a beautiful and coquettish city situated in the community of Castille and Leon, only a couple of hours away from the capital, Madrid. If you want to find out more about its history, check out our last year’s report of the rapid tournament.
Top seed and winner of the tournament, with an impressive 7,5 points our of 8 was Grandmaster Eduardo Iturrizaga (2646) from Venezuela. Four players with 6 points followed him, but better tie-breaks had Fide Master Juan Corral (2436) and Grandmaster Julen Arizmendi (winner of last year’s edition), both from Spain.… Read more “XXIII Santa Teresa Rapid Tournament (Felix Garcia Ares Memorial)”