The obscurely named Wijk aan Zee tournament has chess going on outside of the playing hall as well apparently.


									

Here is historian Eales’s account of the Soviet chess phenomenon. It’s an engaging and insightful narrative but bear in mind that ten pages is obviously not enough to cover such a period in any detail, hence it should serve as an introduction to the topic -and it is a very good one at that.eales1 eales2 eales3 Eales4 Eales5 Eales6 Eales7 Eales8 Eales9 Eales10

On this day…

Apparently, on Jan 31st 2012 I posted this on my fb page with the question: What’s black’s best move here?

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It’s not that hard but you can ask for the answer if necessary.

Kasparyan 2

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White to play and draw.

Solution below:

 

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1.b6  Nxb3

2.b7  Nc5

3.b8=N Nxa4

4.Nd7 Bg7+

5.Kf5 Kh6

6.Nc5 Nxc5

Here is an account from the British Chess Magazine. The games provided are William Ward’s.

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Kasparyan 1

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White to play and draw.

Solution below:

 

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1.Bh2+ Kh4

2.g3+   Kxh3

3.Nd3   e1=Q

4.Nxe1 f2

5.Nf3   f1=Q

6.Ng1+ Kg4

Beautiful huh? Final position can be seen here: https://twitter.com/McCreadyChess/status/693359875301076992

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