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Mihai Suba, the wizard

During the days of 25th and 31st of July, Sueca, a small town of Valencia, celebrated the second edition of their International Open Ciutat de Sueca. The tournament was filled with the highest rated players in the community, but surely the main attraction (for me) was to see GM Mihai Suba playing again, like in the good old days.  Suba has always been one of my chess idols. His playing style, his fighting spirit is something that one can only admire and try to imitate. His passion for chess is quite contagious; he is always looking at the game with optimism and never giving a position for lost, characteristic for a true fighter.

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Suba in action against IM Rufino Camarena. Photo by David Gutierrez.

Suba played some good chess in Sueca, losing only one game against the winner, (FM) Jaime Valmaña (2389) and drawing his last round. I particularly liked his game against (FM) Francisco Montoliu (2326) which is a very typical game of Suba.… Read more

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My view on the Candidates

The candidates is over and finally we have a new challenger for the world title: Sergey Karjakin. There are and will be many reports in your favorite chess sites on how good his chess was as well as detailed analysis of his games, but in my opinion he simply played his cards better. He had strong nerves to hold when he was pressed, stamina to recover from a loss and ambition to win. Karjakin showed competitive spirit and had a little bit of luck as well. The chess community should be pleased with the winner; Karjakin has been showing top quality chess for some time, extremely well prepared openings, sharp style and hunger for victory. I’m sure he will be a tough contender for Magnus Carlsen and I truly expect a very entertaining match for the world crown.

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Photo by World Chess

On the opposite corner was Fabiano Caruana, who could’ve also been a great challenger for Magnus if he had beaten Karjakin in the last round, but the truth is he had an extremely difficult (I don’t want to say impossible) task.… Read more

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Magnus Carlsen on new Altibox Commercial

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Magnus Carlsen’s TV carreer is on a permanent rise. The Norwegian chess star appears on the new Altibox commercial. Altibox is a Broadband, IPTV and VoIP provider that operates in Norway and Denmark. See the full clip below.

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Deviatkin on the Grand Chess Tour





An interesting article was published on  Chess-News written by the Grandmaster Andrey Deviatkin. In the article he is basically explaining how boring the Grand Tour Chess circuit has been for the spectactors. He also claims that this elitist closed tournaments should be reduced to minimum one year and how these events do not help promote chess around the globe.

One of the interesting points he makes is how the top ten players have suffered defeats when they have faced other  ”supposedly mediocre GMs” in recent events such as the European Team Championship. This unexpected results make chess more attractive to the eyes of spectators.

”Even the players are pretending something great is going on” 

You can read the full article here

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