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Book review: Positional Decision-Making by Boris Gelfand

We often get questions about the books we recommend reading and studying, so we have decided to make a list of the ones we read and liked a lot. It has been a while since this book has been released (the second one is out for some time as well), but it is a great read and we will start our list with it.

The author, Boris Gelfand, needs no further introduction, as he has been a top player for many years. His play is methodical and very instructive, hence many of his games are on our list of “model games”. It was even better to play through them while reading the book, while reading his own thoughts and comments on the moves.

This takes me to the first thing I liked at this book, and this is the honesty of the author when speaking about his own games and giving sidelines.… Read more

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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.

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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A Tal masterpiece

One thing I have noticed nowadays is the lack of interest in the classics. The more (new) books I read the more I value the games from the past, previous the computer boom that has turned chess (for some) into +2 / -1 / = evaluations. It’s a pity because there is a considerable amount of great games that I’m sure new generations have not seen and probably won’t see at all.

Fortunately, the legacy of the legends is available for anyone interested in chess history. Looking back in the past is  like breathing fresh air to me; it reminds me that chess can be played in a simple, logical way without worrying about Mr. Komodo and Mr. Houdini saying: 0.20 / -0.18 etc.

Here is one example – one of my favorite games by Mikhail Tal. When I analyzed it with my computer, the engines weren’t so thrilled about Tal’s play.… 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.

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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