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8th International Chess Festival “Terre degli Elimi”

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

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Book review: Pearls of Azerbaijan by Djakhangir Agaragimov

The book of the 2016’s Olympiad, “Pearls of Azerbaijan” contains a selection of tactics for chess players of all strength who want to improve their tactical vision.

The author, Grandmaster Djakhangir Agaragimov, had the idea of creating this book while going through the games of the Azerbaijani players who he noticed created many combinational motifs in their play. Out of all those games, he decided to select the most beautiful and sparkling ones and put them in this volume just in time for the start of the 42nd Chess Olympiad that was celebrated in Baku.

The reader can find all types of tactics, as the book is structured in three levels of difficulty – easy, medium and hard. The first part of the exercises are very useful for lower rated players who want to train their ability to immediately spot basic tactical motifs. Not much calculation is required here, although there are situation when you’ll have to rely on your intuition.… Read more

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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

Good luck!… Read more

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