Anna Muzychuk vs Jessica Nill: 2006 European Individual Championship (Women)

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Anna Muzychuk vs Jessica Nill: 2006 European Individual Championship (Women)
Posted on November 29, 2011 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010)
Muzchuk opens with e4 and responds to Nill’s Sicilian Defense with an interesting move order designed to avoid the main lines with 3. c4 – either aiming to play the Closed Sicilian or open the position up slightly and steer play towards a Maroczy Bind set-up. Nill quickly closes the center with e5, and although this wastes a tempo the resulting position does not allow Muzychuk to take advantage of this loss of time. I […]

Tal Memorial 2011 – Carlsen and Aronian Tie for 1st
Posted on November 27, 2011 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010), Strategy & Game Review
With the 2011 Tal Memorial coming to an end, I thought it be appropriate to release this interview I did with Grandmaster Michał Krasenkow (pronounced and sometimes spelled “Mikhail”) back in August. Mikhail Krasenkow is a Soviet born Polish chess master whose peak FIDE briefly surpassed 2700 in July of 2000. He tied for 1st at both the 1992 and the 1997 Tal Memorials. However he is probably most well known for his contributions to […]

GM Michał Krasenkow Interview and 1992 Tal Memorial Game Review
Posted on November 27, 2011 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Classic Games (Pre 2010), Strategy & Game Review
With the 2011 Tal Memorial coming to an end, I thought it be appropriate to release this interview I did with Grandmaster Michał Krasenkow (pronounced and sometimes spelled “Mikhail”) back in August. Mikhail Krasenkow is a Soviet born Polish chess master whose peak FIDE briefly surpassed 2700 in July of 2000. He tied for 1st at both the 1992 and the 1997 Tal Memorials. However he is probably most well known for his contributions to […]


What is Alekhine’s Block?
Posted on November 26, 2011 by iPlayooChess in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles
Alekhine’s block is a chess combination with a piece sacrifice (Knight, Bishop, Rook, or Queen) on the 6th rank (3rd for Black). It’s used for the first time by the former world champion Alexander Alekhine in 1910. The idea is to physically restrict, or block the enemy pawn in front of the attacking piece (thus Alekhine’s “block”). As Nimtzowitsch put it, “First restrain, then blockade, finally destroy!” This tactical device is just one implementation of […]

Does FischerRandom / Chess960 ever have a chance of supplanting regular chess?
Posted on November 24, 2011 by William in General Chess Articles
Chess960 Videos Chess960 Videos Chess960 Articles Fischer was a pioneer in realizing that standard chess was becoming too overstudied and theory oriented and that Fischer Random would bring the dawn of a new era in Chess. I can only speculate that many players from the club level all the way up to the 2800+ super GM’s wish to see a day where Chess960 becomes the norm for chess tournaments. One can’t deny that the amount […]

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