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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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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).

Vugar Gashimov Photo credit: 123RF Stock Photgraphy

Vugar Gashimov. (photo credit: 123RF Stock Photography)

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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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.

Berg,E.-Castellanos,R. White to play

Berg,E.-Castellanos,R.  White to play

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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