Chess960 At Its Best!
Some weeks ago, we let you know about the big Chess960 event in Saint Louis with living legend Garry Kasparov returning to the chessboard. Yesterday, the action started!
The event features 5 individual matches between the following players:
- Kasparov – Topalov
- Nakamura – Svidler
- So – Giri
- Shankland – Vachier-Lagrave
- Aronian – Dominguez
The matches take place over 5 days and include 6 rapid games – with 2 points for a win – and 14 blitz games with wins worth 1 point. 2 rapid and 2 blitz games were played on day 1.
Veselin Topalov was the last player to beat Garry before he retired so it’s clear Garry would be out for revenge. Still, the first day brought mixed results for Garry Kasparov. After a draw in round 1, Garry lost the second game. However, in their fourth and final game on day one, Garry managed to score a win:
In the position at hand, Topalov has just played 40.Qc2, threatening mate on h7. Garry, with only a few seconds left on the clock, defended with 40…g6. Topalov instantly took the pawn (41.Qxg6), but had to resign after Garry played 41…Qe2+. Suddenly, it’s White’s king that gets mated.
Blog Article of The Week
Our blog article of the week deals with a chess opening played by thousands of beginners around the globe – the Fried Liver Attack. It occurs after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5?!, allowing the powerful 6.Nxf7! After this theoretical sacrifice, White has a crushing attack as the Black King gets very exposed.
It’s not only one of the most fascinating and common openings played in scholastic chess, but also a strong opening weapon used by grandmasters from time to time.
If you’re a beginner (rated below 1300 Elo) and know the Fried Liver Attack, you’ll score countless of quick and easy wins right out of the opening. That’s why we’ve chosen the Fried Liver Attack as the topic for our blog article of the week, giving you all you need to know to win with the Fried Liver Attack!
This Week’s Exclusive FREE Video
Great news for all aspiring chess players: living legend Anatoly Karpov has just completed his incredible 15 hour Master Method. In this brand new course, Anatoly Karpov teaches you his methods for dealing with the most important recurring themes of middlegame strategy and endgame play.
In this week’s video, a free preview of his new Master Method course, you get to watch Anatoly Karpov in action. Looking at his early games, Karpov analyzes his positional masterpiece against the experienced Soviet player Grigory Ravinsky – played when Anatoly Karpov was just 15 – and two other impressive games from his youth.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn the secrets of chess from someone who really knows… a World Champion, pioneer and someone who has been a huge inspiration to millions of players worldwide.
Last Week’s Puzzle:
Here’s the solution to last week’s puzzle:
This Week’s Puzzle:
It’s Karpov week at iChess!
This position is from a classic game Karpov played against Topalov.
Black is offering a queen trade. Should Karpov accept, or does he have better?
Answer next week.