Monthly Archives: March 2015

Rocket Rooks


Rooks are strong pieces. That’s no secret, but do you really know how to use them and get the maximun of their potential? In the next examples we’re going to see some fantastic rook lifts that will change the way you look at this piece.

Our first example is the game Zhigalko,S -Antipov,M Yerevan, 2014 in which, after 12 moves of an English opening, the players reached a typical Isolated Queen’s Pawn position:

Zhigalko-Antipov1Zhigalko,S -Antipov,M Yerevan, 2014
White to Play

We can see that black has firmly blocked the pawn on d4. However, he still has some problems to solve – it is not easy to develop the Knight on b8, as Nd7 would allow white to trade on d5, forcing black to take with the e6 pawn and losing the blockade. In that case of symetrical pawn structure white would have some advantage due to the more active pieces. Capturing on c3 is also a dubious option for black since the white pawns would gain considerable space after white plays c3-c4.… Read more

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Muzychuck’s (Mariya) killer sequence

The women world championship is almost on its final knockout stage with 8 players fighting to adavance to semi finals. In yesterday’s round (GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526) beat the favorite (GM) Humpy Koneru (2581) in 29 moves of a Scotch opening.

muzychukm01(GM) Mariya Muzychuk (2526)

Position after 25.Nxg5:

Muzychuk-KoneruBlack is a pawn up, however his pieces on the queenside are temporaly out of play and what’s most important, away from the kingside. So we can say that white has material superiority on the kingside with three pieces attacking the black king, the threat of Qh4 has to be stopped but how? There is only one acceptable move for black and that is 25…Rd1! it is good idea to trade the enemy’s pieces when you are under pressure. Without the white rook on e1 Qh4 isn’t a deadly threat anymore because at least the black king can scape f8-e7. A possible continuation is 26.Bf1 Rxe1 27.Qxe1 Qa3!Read more

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A good player is always #Lucky


”A good player is always lucky” – a famous quote by José Raúl Capablanca, but what does it really mean?  Very often in tournaments we see / hear how many strong Grandmasters were losing and ended up winning anyway, like the fate of that game was already written. It’s something unexplainable but it means that even in such a scientific game like chess, the ”luck factor” is present as well.

For example, let’s have a look at this game played yesterday in the Polish Championship between the number one ranked of the tourn (GM) Grzegorz Gajewski (2648) and the (GM) Jacek Tomczak (2554)

(GM) Jacek Tomczak (2554) – (GM) Grzegorz Gajewski (2648)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4!? Sozin/Fischer variation is rare these days 6…e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.Bg5

Tomczak-Gajewski1So far nothing special just some theoretical moves in a very well known variation of the Najdorf, and then black played…

8…Be7??!!Read more

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We offer chess lessons for those wanting to improve their chess knowledge and become better players. Our students are club players, kids, and players seeking to obtain an international title. You can find all the information in the Lessons tab  and contact us via email.

We’d also like to mention that if your time is limited, and you don’t have that extra hours a week you need for online lessons we have the perfect training plan for you:

  • Send us your game (s) and we will send it back to you fully annotated and with advice on what you need to work on.
  • We will send you the lesson file as well as exercises to do during the week, this way you can do your homework anytime, anywhere.
  • Opening work. You don’t have the time to study the openings you want to add to your repertoire or you want to prepare an specific variation, let us know and we will prepare what you need to know in a file.
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