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    Friday
    Sep142018

    Jumping on the Chess960 Bandwagon

    With the fun afoot in St. Louis I decided to play a few blitz Chess960 games, and so far it has been an enjoyable challenge. Figuring out how to create harmony is part of the fun, and staying alert to tactical possibilities (whether one's own or one's opponents) in unfamiliar situations is another worthy challenge. And of course, there's the usual fun of "regular" chess as the 960ness of the game fades into the background.

    Here is the conclusion of one of my recent experiments that finished with a nice attack. It's a quirk of Chess960 that the bishop remained stuck on h8 for the duration of the game, but the attack was correct - what can you do?

    Tuesday
    Sep112018

    Book Notice: Hertan's "Strike Like Judit!"

    Charles Hertan, Strike Like Judit! The Winning Tactics of Chess Legend Judit Polgar (New in Chess, 2018). 253 pp., $24.95. (But considerably less via Amazon.)

    For a tactics book to be worth one's while it should provide the reader with a challenge (or have some other instructional value) and aesthetic pleasure. (Ideally and most of the time these two features go hand in hand.) How does this book fare? Aesthetically, it fares very well; it's almost impossible for a book on any elite grandmaster to to fail in that respect, and when it comes to a tactical monster like Judit Polgar one would have to work very hard to produce a book with poor content. Polgar won countless gorgeous games against players below the absolute top, and except against Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik managed to win lovely games against all the other members of the world elite as well. (She never defeated Kramnik, and her one win against Kasparov was in a rapid game where the latter played terribly on the black side of a Berlin.)

    There are 110 games and game fragments - mostly the latter - spread across six chapters: Geometry lessons, Sicilian Slayer, The art of calculation, Endgame Empress, Shots!, and The Classics. Some of the fragments are deeply analyzed, others more lightly, and all are entertaining. (If you want the full Judit Polgar chess experience I'd strongly recommend getting her autobiographical 3-volume Quality Chess series, however. But that will set your wallet back by at least $45 more than this book, though it's worth it if you can afford it.)

    How does it fare in the other respect? It's not designed as a puzzle book, and trying to use it in that way won't really work. Some diagrams precede special tactical moments, but others are more neutral while others show the position after a tactical shot. What about the book's instructional value? Here it's more successful, but again, it's not really designed for didactic purposes. The content is rich, so one can use the material as source material for one's own analytical work or for solitaire game exercises. After doing that one can check one's work against Hertan's analysis. That would make the book instructive, in a way that any well-annotated book could be instructive.

    So for most readers, the book is worth getting for the pleasure of seeing some of Judit Polgar's greatest hits supplemented by Hertan's analysis, which also focuses on finding beautiful moves and ideas. As such, it's a nice one-volume intro to Polgar's chess for those who are hesitant to plunk down $65+ on her own series (through Amazon), for those willing to spend the bucks, I highly recommend her series.

    Tuesday
    Sep112018

    PRO Chess League All Stars (Updated: Link Fixed)

    If you're interested in reading all about the event, which took place last Saturday, have a look here. My aim is more modest, to show you a couple of nice games that caught my eye. Enjoy!

    Tuesday
    Sep112018

    Champions Showdown (Chess960), Day 1

    The random-number generator outputted an interesting position for the first day of the big-league Chess960 event in St. Louis, with lively play resulting from ideas like Qxh7/...Qxh2 and b2-b4/...b7-b5, hitting the opponent's c-pawn. Four games were played in each match, and all 20 of the day's games featured the same starting position. First the players tried a pair of rapid games from the starting position (g/30 with a normal 10-second delay, i.e. not Bronstein delay), then a pair of blitz games (g/5 with a normal 5-second delay), with the rapid games counting double.

    Here are the scores in each match after day 1:

    • Topalov 3.5 - Kasparov 2.5
    • Svidler 2.5 - Nakamura 3.5
    • So 4.5 - Giri 1.5
    • Vachier-Lagrave 4 - Shankland 2
    • Dominguez 2.5 - Aronian 3.5

    Wednesday and Thursday they'll follow the same format, and on Friday they'll skip the rapids and play eight blitz games instead. Every four games a new Chess960 position is randomly chosen, which means something new tomorrow, something new on Thursday, and then something new both at the start and in the middle of Friday's blitz rounds.

    I tried to post the games, but although ChessBase can handle Chess960 games in the program itself, the web app for replaying games can't handle Chess960 castling and so the game scores get messed up. They're not on TWIC (yet?) either, probably for a similar reason, nor on the event site. So I'll send you to Chess24, and especially commend to you the third-round game between Shankland and MVL. Here's the end of it with my annotations, starting with a position after any castling worries can mess up the software.

    Tuesday
    Sep112018

    Another Free Chess Lecture Video by Yours Truly

    I'd like to think that the relative preponderance of free ChessLecture videos by your faithful blogger is due to their excellence, but it might be that they're giving away their weakest presenter so that those who like my work will be even more impressed when they see everyone else's videos. Whatever the true explanation, this Monday's offering, which will be available for a couple of weeks, is a win by Dmitry Andreikin from the 2016 European Club Cup. The video is available for free, but you'll have to register if you haven't already (this can also be done for free).

    Enjoy, and if you like what you see, please consider a paid membership at ChessLecture.com. (And plug my videos, if you like them!)

    Monday
    Sep102018

    Reminder: Chess960 Matches in St. Louis Start Tomorrow

    The games will begin at 1 p.m. local time in St. Louis (= 2 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CET) tomorrow (Tuesday). There are five matches in all, transpiring concurrently over the next four days:

    • Garry Kasparov vs. Veselin Topalov
    • Hikaru Nakamura vs. Peter Svidler
    • Wesley So vs. Anish Giri
    • Sam Shankland vs. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
    • Levon Aronian vs. Leinier Dominguez

    Full details here.

    Monday
    Sep102018

    Notre Dame Football: An Opposing View

    Being the fair-minded individual that I am, here is a dissenting view from the "opinion" that Notre Dame football is the unalloyed apotheosis of what is right in the world of college football.

    Monday
    Sep102018

    Pro Chess All-Stars Report

    Here, along with an embed of the video replay. But can anyone find a PGN of the games? I don't see a link on the page, and today's issue of TWIC didn't have them either.

    Sunday
    Sep092018

    Chess.com's Computer Championship

    Those Chess.com guys are trying to have their fingers in every pie, including computer chess. They're running a multi-stage championship featuring the usual suspects playing with a 15'+5" time control - more about it here, with the live action here. Unsurprisingly, the big three are leading, but there are at least two things that are surprising. First, Stockfish isn't leading. Houdini is, albeit just half a point ahead of Stockfish and Komodo. Second, Leela Chess Zero, a sort of poor man's Alpha Zero, has continued its steady progress this year and is now in fourth.

    HT: Zluria.

    Sunday
    Sep092018

    World Junior Championships

    The World Junior Championship is around halfway through (five rounds finished out of 11), and what country do you think is dominating? Population centers like China and India, or traditional powers like Russia or the United States? No, no, no and no. It's Iran! While Iran - then Persia - was an early chess power, it has been a non-factor in chess for centuries. Not any more: they've got an exceptional crop of young players, and if they keep it up they'll soon join the leading chess nations.

    So far, they're doing great. Parham Maghsoodloo is in first with 5/5. Alireza Firouzja is tied for 2nd-4th with 4.5 points, Amin Tabatabaei is in the next scoregroup with 4, and Shahin Lorparizangeneh has 3.5, equal to the best score of the U.S.'s leading hope Awonder Liang. Two Russians have 4 (Maksim Vavulin and Andrey Esipenko), while China's top scorer is also a 3.5-pointer (Jinshi Bai). The Indian contingent is also faring well, led by three players with 4 points apiece (Bharathakoti Harsha, Chithambaram Aravindh, and Venkataraman Karthik).

    Official website here.

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