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Book Review: Luther’s Chess Reformation by Thomas Luther

When ”Luther’s Chess Reformation” came out I had no doubts it would be an ”at least interesting” book to read, so I purchased it without even downloading the sample excerpts available at the online store. I have followed Luther’s chess career and studied his games for many years, so I was very curious to read what he had to say.

GM Thomas Luther

It only took the first chapter to exceed all the expectations I had on this piece of work. Luther’s captivating narrative on his beginnings as a chess player, from a little kid to a Grandmaster is quite an enjoyable read. Between the stories of growing up in the old Germany, the author shows important games he played with insights that are very instructive no matter what your level is.  The games are explained with more observations than complex variations, making the study quite pleasing. The reader will quickly fall inside the Grandmaster’s mind and learn what GMs think.… 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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V LLucmajor International Open

Summer is approaching (although it seems to be taking smaller steps this year) and, for most of the chess players, this translates to the start of the tournament season. Ours began in the same place where it ended, Mallorca.

The venue was the resort of Arenal, an old fishermen village that is now one of the most famous party destinations on the island. Mallorca tends to be “separated” in areas by the nationality of its tourists, and this one is no exception. It has a very strong German influence that can also be guessed from the great number of restaurants with traditional German food or the German-style nightclubs. Situated only 15 km away from Palma, the resort has a wide white-sand beach and a long pedestrian promenade (6km, to be more precise), perfect for a long, relaxing walk after an eventful game.

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

The resort is only a few km away from Palma airport, so planes landing or taking off are a common view

A very suggestive message

Yes to chess

The tournament was hosted by Club Nautic El Arenal, situated at the end of the 6 km pedestrian walk.… 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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