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Remembering a genius.

Vugar Gashimov was one of the greatest talents that chess has seen in the last 20 years. A player with an unique vision of chess who made every game entertaining in his own way. Gashimov often chose sharp openings, full of play, no matter what the theoretical reputation of that line was. He was never afraid to take risks and he became the secret idol of many chess fans who enjoyed following his games all the time (The writer of these lines is one of them).

More than once Gashimov was compared to Mihail Tal – the Tal of our times, they used to say. Not only their playing style was similar, but also their opening choices, with the Benoni and 6.Bg5 against the Najdorf as main points of comparison.

I met Gashimov in 2004, over the board. It was the Calvia Olympiad and I was representing Chile at that time.… Read more

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Solution to this morning’s tactic

I worked a little more than ususal since it’s a game I like very much, even though i’m on the losing side. Enjoy.

I remember when I played this game I felt my position was bad, basically black is not developed, his king in stuck in the center and white pieces are all in ideal squares. I had done 9 (!) pawn moves out of 13. violating the basic opening principles. Despite all this, I wasn’t expecting what came after:

14.e5! Of course! Opening lines against the black king, 14.Qxf4 gf5 15.e5! also gives white a strong attack

14…dxe5 15.Bb5+! axb5 (alternatives can’t even be considered) 16.Nxb5 +-

I played here 16…Qxc2+ 17.Kxc2 Bxf5+ 18.Kc1 Rc8+ 19.Nc3 and resigned a few moves later. In case you haven’t understood yet the desperation that led me to play 16…Qxc2+ let me point out these nice variations: 16…Qb8 17.Qc3 is easy, but 16…Qb8 17.Rxe5+!Read more

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Morning chess tactic

The next diagram is from my game against the swedish Grandmaster Emanuel Berg in the Chess Olympiad celebrated in Calvia, Palma de Mallorca in 2004. After a few dubious decisions in the opening, I found myself in big trouble and soon was ”pushed out of the board” in great style. Can you find the best move for white?

Solution will be up later today.

Written by (IM) Renier Castellanos


Diagrama următoare a survenit în partida jucată împotriva marelui maestru suedez Emanuel Berg în cadrul Olimpiadei din Calvia, Palma de Mallorca, în 2004. După ce am luat câteva decizii îndoielnice în deschidere, am ajuns într-o poziție foarte proastă și curând am fost “€œscos afară de pe tabla” în stil. Puteți găsi cea mai bună mutare pentru alb?

Soluția va fi postată în cursul zilei de astăzi.

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