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William February 22, 2012

Anatoly Karpov vs Wolfgang Unzicker: The Ruy Lopez, Chigorin Defense, 1974 Nice

Karpov puts on an absolute clinic in this game, demonstrating the power of prophylaxis and deep positional maneuvering in the Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Game). Unzicker opts for the Chigorin Defense, although with the awkward knight retreat 13. …Nd8?! black’s pieces become very difficult to coordinate. Karpov methodically fixes the queenside with 14. a4 and 16. b4! – depriving black of any counterplay on that side of the board and allowing white to consolidate his position before [...]
William February 18, 2012

Aronian vs Kramnik – Chess Match 2012

While Magnus Carlsen has been busy making a sprint towards 2900, one Grandmaster has nearly been able to keep pace – Levon Aronian. Aronian is widely regarded as one of the most creative players in today’s world of chess, consistently creating dynamically imbalanced positions very early in the opening. Aronian’s energetic style and accurate technique has propelled him to his current standing as the #2 highest rated chess player in the world at 2825 FIDE, just behind Carlsen at 2834 [...]
William February 16, 2012

WINNERS ANNOUNCED in Amateur Brilliancy Prize Contest!!

I’d like to issue a big thanks from the OnlineChessLessons.NET team to everyone that participated in this contest via game submissions as well as the sponsors. The 2012 Amateur Brilliancy Prize Contest Winners are: 1st Place – Tom Thorpe your web browser and/or your host do not support iframes as required to display the chessboard Tom opened with e4 and played the Grand Prix Attack against his opponent’s Closed Sicilian. Black chose an off-beat variation with 5. …Nh6, and was [...]
William February 15, 2012

3 Easy Ways to Make Chess More Popular

It seems like promoting chess has always been an uphill battle, requiring some type of catalyst to maintain the game’s popularity. Going back to the 1950s and 1960s, there was Bobby Fischer and the Western World against the Soviet Union. In the 1970s and 1980s, there was the changing of the Soviet guard amidst a string of incredibly hard-fought matches between Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. In the 1990s Kasparov dominated the game, however he was challenged by a variety [...]
William February 10, 2012

Aeroflot Chess 2012

The 2012 Aeroflot Open Chess Tournament has featured some incredibly creative chess, as many of the participants are very close to making it into the next level of Super-Grandmaster and are looking for a break-out performance. Aeroflot Chess 2012 does feature a handful of 2700+ players, most notably Evgeny Tomashevsky, Fabiano Caruana, Quang Liem Le (winner of Aeroflot Chess 2011), Francisco Vallejo-Pons, Baadur Jobava, and Krishnan Sasikiran. For the most part, the aforementioned group represents the lower tier of Super-Grandmasters [...]
William February 9, 2012

The Importance of Sacrifices in Chess

The sacrifice in chess is exactly what has made this game so popular in the last few hundred years. From the early tactical masterpieces of Paul Morphy to the almost uncontrolled aggression of Mikhail Tal and the sheer insanity created by Alexey Shirov, games with incredible sacrifices have always been considered more attractive. For this article, I’ve decided to present a few critical positions from a recent game between two of the youngest Super-Grandmasters in the chess world today – [...]