Is the Blumenfeld Gambit refuted? A potential killer line under the microscope

Wouldn't it be great to accompany a chess master to a tournament and get all access? Before his games you could watch him prepare for his opponents. After the games he would analyze them for you, hint at mistakes, explain ideas and discuss how his preparation worked and what psychological battles were fought besides the … Is the Blumenfeld Gambit refuted? A potential killer line under the microscope weiterlesen

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Screwing with the structure: how to max out an initiative

A novelty deep down the road in a doubleedged, somewhat shady line of the Queen's Indian, improving on a 2.700 GM's game. An instructive middlegame with a bunch of positional concepts and tactical motifs in play, pushing an initiative two pawns down. And finally breaking the stiff resistance in an endgame, in which White sacrifices … Screwing with the structure: how to max out an initiative weiterlesen

Uhlmann’s defense: how to shut them down when they come for your king

I learned a nice concept recently when researching how to counter the Grand Prix Attack in the Sicilian Defense. It implies a typical way of neutralizing the white Queen that has come to h4 on its standard route via d1-e1-h4, setting itself up to play a major role in the white attack against the black … Uhlmann’s defense: how to shut them down when they come for your king weiterlesen

A deliberate provocation and a knight hunt in the Caro Kann

Note: This essay on the Caro Kann Two Knights has first been published in September 2016 on r/chess (remember MVL having climbed to 2.819 Elo?). Poor MVL. 70 games without a loss, then he blundered away a superior position against Anand. Their recent encounter in St Louis caught my interest not only because MVLs run … A deliberate provocation and a knight hunt in the Caro Kann weiterlesen

A wonder weapon against Sokolov’s Slav?

So there is this brandnew killer line against the Slav in which Black has experienced nothing but pain since its invention in 2015. White has scored >80% with 9.h4 (>70% as of June 2018), and instead of fighting it many Black players avoid the critical line (7...Nb6, sometimes called the "Sokolov variation" after Dutch grandmaster … A wonder weapon against Sokolov’s Slav? weiterlesen

Machines like it concretely

The areas in which human intellect outwits the machines' calculation power become smaller and smaller. But they are still there. Machines don't understand fortresses for instance, often misevaluate opposite coloured bishops or have trouble grasping long term concepts in general. When German U18 champion Roven Vogel crushed Indian wunderkind Karthik Thrish in Bamberg recently, he … Machines like it concretely weiterlesen

A beautiful destruction and a rare concept in the Caro Kann Two Knights

Once installed on an outpost in the center a knight can become an incredibly powerful piece to support our attack and interfere with the enemy's forces. Due to their long range impact the bishops usually stay behind. They can be equally powerful from a distance. This game is differenct. For a long time a bishop … A beautiful destruction and a rare concept in the Caro Kann Two Knights weiterlesen