Wednesday, May 25, 2011

YouTube Video on Modern/Robatsch Defense trap

I uploaded a second video to YouTube, this one about a trap in the Modern/Robatsch Defense. Check it out!

Caro-Kann YouTube video

I produced, and just uploaded to YouTube, a video on an opening trap in the Caro-Kann. Please let me know what you think of it.

Shipov on Game 6

Good stuff.

It's not too late to enter the Chicago Open, this weekend in Wheeling

The tournament site is the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel in Wheeling.

For the top players (and patzers like me who wish to try their luck against them), play begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m.  But if one doesn't wish to devote 4½ days to chess, there are also 3½-day (1st round Friiday night), 3-day (Saturday a.m.), and 2-day (Sunday a.m.) schedules.

Details here!  Note the garish colors and vintage-1995 HTML layout.

Enter here!  The instructions say that you can enter online up to two hours before the first game, but I wouldn't cut it that close.

"Gelfand to Challenge Anand for World Championship!"

 Story at Chess Life Online.  A wonderful game for us spectators!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A bang or a whimper?

Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk have been battling like sumo wrestlers or sprint cyclists.  The match looks maddeningly peaceful to the spectators, but the experts assure us that they're both playing to win.

If you're reading this post Wednesday morning, check out Game 6, the final game of regulation.  Chess in Translation has been live-blogging a translation of Shipov's commentary.

Hello, East Orange

For the next few minutes, today is still Bob Dylan's 70th birthday.  Dylan is best known for having reportedly had a conversation with Bobby Fischer circa 1980.  He also wrote a few songs.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Who Was That Masked Man?

I beg you, please check out this video from ChessNetwork about an utterly astounding combination played by some unknown player (Black) in an online game against a FIDE Master (White). One of the most amazing combinations I have ever seen. Frankly I can't recall ever seeing a finer combination by anyone, ever. Anyone who can find such a combination over the board is either extremely strong player or using an engine. I hope it was the former.