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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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European Individual Chess Championship is starting tomorrow!

With the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix held in Tbilisi, Georgia, almost coming to an end, it is time to start checking out another notorious tournament that is about to begin in the holy city of Jerusalem, Israel. We are, of course, talking about the European Individual Chess Championship, that will have its first round tomorrow and its last on 8th of March. Besides the attractive prizes, the tournament offers the best 23 players the chance to qualify for the World Cup, which will be played this year.


The starting list is impressive, as the event has gather 255 players, of which 117 grandmasters and 6 players above 2700. Leading the list is the talented Czech grandmaster David Navara, followed by Russian Nikita Vitiugov and Ukranian Pavel Eljanov.

The first round will be played at 15 o’clock (local time) on Tuesday and will be broadcasted live. For more information, follow the official website and the chess-results server.… Read more

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