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Jobava: the perfect striker

If there is one chess player nowadays that (almost) always delivers entertainment over the chessboard that is Jobava Baadur. Unlike many other chess professionals, Jobava seeks to win every game no matter if he is playing white or black. Playing for a predetermined result (a draw) is just not natural for him. He is a true fighter of our times that some compare to Tal’s style back then. This approach has gained Jobava thousands of fans rooting for him to win whenever he is playing.

I have always had the habit of comparing chess players to football players. Gelfand once said that he’d “rather be more like Xavi than Beckham”, so I’m not the only one with such ideas.

cb04804-2A long time ago I had the idea of recreating a football team with the best chess players in the world (just for laughs). It ended up being something like this:

12748041_1118161341548749_7751048324269811317_oWhen this squad was published on our Facebook Page it had many reactions, mostly about the absence of Anand.… 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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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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