Monthly Archives: March 2015

Solutions to Wednesday exercises

In all the three positions from yesterday we can recognize one element in common: the presence of the Isolated Queen’s Pawn. It is well known that the side with the IQP should strive for pushing the rupture d4-d5 in this case. After this move is played, the pawns in the center (d4 / e6) dissapear from the board and the activity of the pieces becomes the primary element. Knowing the concept, it’s time to have a look at the moves, it takes precise calculation:

DelaVilla-SionDe la Villa – Sion, Leon 1995

Solution: 17.d5! exd5 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Bxd5 Qb8 20.Bh6 +- With a decisive advantage. 20.Bxf7+! was even stronger, you can see for yourself.

Kamsky-KarpovKasmky – Karpov, Elista 1996

Solution: 18.d5! exd5 19.Bxf6! (key move) Bxf6 20.Bxh7! (20.Nxd5 Bd8 21.b4 Qxa3 22.Ra1 Qb3 23.Bc4 traps the queen) Kxh7 21.Rxd5 White is clearly better, Karpov continued with 21…Bxc3 sacrificing his queen and but it wasn’t enough to save the game.… Read more

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Isolated Wednesday


Find the right sequence of moves for white in the next three diagrams:

DelaVilla-SionWhite to play

Kamsky-KarpovWhite to play

Topalov-GauselWhite to play

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Cappelle La Grande 2015. Game analysis

Today we will have a look at my game from Round 7 in Cappelle La Grande. I had white against Yovann Gatineau (2092), a young talent from France who in the previous round had defeated (!) the legendary master Kamran Shirazi. I was aware that my opponent was not going to be easy despite the 400 points rating difference.

GatineauYovann Gatineau

He played the Kan variation of the Sicilian defense. It was a pleasant surprise for me because it’s one of the openings I play as black. So I was familiar with the positions and the fears of getting suprised by any opening preparation dissapeared very early. After 26 moves we reached the following position:

Castellanos-Gatineau1Castellanos,R (2479) – Gatineau,Y (2092)

Here the position is just slightly better for white but only because it’s his move. If it was black to move then he would seize the initiative and put white on the defensive side by playing b6-b5 or Rc8.… Read more

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Monday’s excercise.

The position in the diagram is taken from the analysis of a game recently played by a friend of mine. We would like to ask you what would you play as black here?

TrainMondayBlack to play
What would you do?
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