Today’s chess video



The Chinese play a slightly different version of the game, but I am told that if you excell in one then you will also excell in the other. For example, virtually all of the current top Chinese chess players started with Xiangqi. Anyway, if you are like me and can not get enough Chinese martial arts films, then combining a chess-theme with martial arts is pure heaven!  Go make yourself some popcorn!



Today’s 5-second tactics


 “Never mourn the loss of innocence, because it always brings the much greater gain of wisdom.”

― Erica Goros


gm  Sambuev,B


gm  Kovalyov,A

Quebec/Canadian Open Montreal   2014.7.22  Canada has the unfortunate ‘patent’ on what is arguably the silliest idea in the tournament world: every few years chess politicians of both the Canadian chess federation and the Quebec chess federation agree to combine their annual flagship tournaments into one single, ORDINARY tournament.  THE RESULT: Canadian chess players have one less tournament to play in! Many players have complained about this…

BACK TO the position above.  Position after Black’s 27th move (27…Nxa2). White clearly stands better, his pieces harmoniously placed.  Black, on the contrary, still has to get his pieces out of the box!  It is not surprising that a winning combination exists…are you up to it?



fm  Cao, Jason


gm Defirmian,Nick

Quebec/Canadian Open Montreal   2014.7.26  Position after  26 moves of play.  Something has gone wrong with the Victoria youngster’s game, and he finds himself bound hand and foot against an experienced and very strong grandmaster.  The b-file, in particular, is a serous problem.  But White does not achieve anything with the ‘scientific’ 27.Nc3 Rb7!





Quebec/Canadian Open Montreal   2014.7.22  Kovalyov, Anton–Sambuev, Bator:  28.Rd8+! The Rook must be taken as otherwise  28…Kf7 allows mate in one. 28…Qxd8 29.Qxg7+Ke8 30.Bf6 Qc7 31.Qg8+ Kd7 32.Ne5+ Qxe5 33.Qd8+ 1-0

Quebec/Canadian Open Montreal   2014.7.26  De Firmian, Nick–Cao, Jason:  27.Na7!! As Reinfeld would say in such positions: ‘’Win with a pin!’’ ; (Note that 27.Nc7 should also be enough to win the game) 27…Rxa7 28.Rxa7 Qxa7 29.Bxb6 Qd7 30.Bxd8 Bxd8 31.Qd3! Ba5 32.Nf1 (c5 is even stronger) 32… Qc6 33.Ne3 Bb6 34.Nf5 Qc5 35.Rb2 Ne8 36.Qb3 Ba7 37.Kh2 Nf6 38.Qb7 h5 39.Ra2 Bb6 40.Ra8+ Kh7 41.Qxf7 1-0  Enough is enough!


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