Tuesday’s winning 5-second tactics





gm  Kovalenko, Igor  (2650)

1im  Abdulov, Orkhan  (2344)

Baku Open 2014.9.22  Yesterday. Position after White’s 38th move (38.Re3).  A curious fight, White being on the defensive since virtually the opening stage but somehow managing to hold on; Black feeling compelled to win, being 300-plus rating points higher rated, sacrificed a piece for several pawns but only giving compensation in an unclear game.

Here Black should play to simply hold the game with 38…h4!?, and after 39.PxP Qc5!, ready to harrass the White King with …Qc7 Analysis indicates that the game should probably end in a draw, White not being able to make progress as his pieces are jumbled and he has only two pawns left.

HOWEVER, Black wanted more…




 Intensifying the pressure on White’s pieces.






Baku Open 2014.9.22 Abdulov, Orkhan–Kovalenko, Igor:  39.Bxg6! Ouch!!  White’s pieces suddenly spring to life.  He threatens mate in two and simultaneously overloads the Black Rooks.  39… fxg6 40.Rxd8 Qxd8 41.Rxc3 with an extra Rook

Today’s chess video



This is GREAT!  ‘The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and your team have a blast making a movie. All writing, shooting, editing and scoring must be completed in just 48 hours.

On Friday night, you are assigned a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, that must be included in your movie. 48 hours later, you must submit your film. Next? Your masterpiece will show on the big screen of a local theater!

The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on “doing” instead of “talking.” ‘




The film below, where the game of chess is central to the action, won prizes for best musical score and best editing. Really elegantly done!  ENJOY…  

Genre: Silent Film; Written & Directed By: Anthony Canello; Edited By: Michael Griego ;Director of Photography: Edgar Frausto; Script Supervisor: Juddy Canello

TCEC: season 7!

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Wow!  The 7th season already!  TCEC, (Thoresen’s Chess Engine Competition) is definitely  the chess-world’s most renowned top-computer chess championship and season-7 is currently underway. The reigning TCEC grand champion Stockfish is once again in to defend the title, with its main competitor being the new Komodo 8 and an updated Houdini, all three with very high chances for the first place. 


A fearsome challenger!

The goal of TCEC is to provide the viewers with a live broadcast of quality chess, played strictly between computer chess engines created by different programmers. No humans are involved when the moves are made. Also, TCEC is not an “official” computer world championship event, it is just a private event made available for everyone to watch.


This season’s schedule is divided into stages as above.  A grand total of 28 participants, and the time control is 120 moves plus 30 seconds per move. The winner of the Superfinal takes home the TCEC title.  Good luck to all!


The reigning TCEC title holder!


You can get a full list of the particpants at the links above, as well as finding more information on this FACEBOOK site.



Monday’s winning 5-second tactics


“The essence of self-discipline is to do the important thing rather than the urgent thing.”

― Barry Werner


im  Sielecki, Christof


Stremavicius, Titas (2375)

30th ECC Open Bilbao 2014.9.20 Position before Black’s 17th move.  Looks like a normal King’s Indian-reversed middlegame, but there is one small detail (White’s Bishop on a3) that provides Black with a tactical opportunity to win decisive material.




gm  Najer, Evgeny


gm  Sasikiran, Krishnan


30th ECC Open Bilbao 2014.9.20  Position after 28 moves of play. Black had just played 28…Nd3, attacking the Queen and also threatening a decisive check on f2 (That is, if now 29.Qa2 Nf2+ 30.Kg2 Rxh2+ with a winning attack)



30th ECC Open Bilbao 2014.9.20 Stremavicius, Titas–Sielecki, Christof:  17…Bxf3! 18.Bxf3 Ncd4! Decisive 19.cxd4 Nxd4 20.Qc3 Nxf3+ 21.Kg2 Nxe1+ 22.Qxe1 e4 0-1

30th ECC Open Bilbao 2014.9.20  Sasikiran, Krishnan–Najer, Evgeniy: 29.e7!! 1-0  Black can not take the Queen because of 30.Bd5+; and if 29…Nf2+ 30.QxN! QxQ 31.Bd5+ etc.  Useless would be 29…Rb8 30.Qa2+Kh8 31.Rg2 and Black has no good reason to continue to play on here.


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