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23
Oct

Pre-order “Diary of a Chess Queen” book and get an autograph of its author Alexandra Kosteniuk

Pre-order “Diary of a Chess Queen” book and get an autograph of its author Alexandra Kosteniuk

Alexandra KosteniukIf you like the games of women’s world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, you should not miss her new book called “Diary of a Chess Queen”.

The game described Alexandra’s way to the top and it is full of her games. The book will be released on December 1st, 2009, but if you order it now you will get the author’s autograph.

You can preorder the book here: http://chessqueen.com/index.php?productID=35

BTW: Alexanadra Kosteniuk has prepared a video ad for the book. You can watch it here: http://chessmovies.com/index.php?id=151

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18
Oct

Weekend tactic #9

Weekend tactic #9

White is to move. How would you proceed to win?

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12
Oct

My game from the 4th round of the club tournament

My game from the 4th round of the club tournament

Last week I played 4th round of my club tournament. The opponent was known to me, we played very nice game in the previous tournament together. I won that game, so I expected his effort for revenge now. So I was prepared for battle again.

The opponent surprised me a bit by his first move 1.d4 (last time he played 1.e4), but 1.d4 is still nothing unusual, so the battle started in quite normal way.

We reached this position after 17 moves:

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Here I started to think about my plan and next moves for about 25 minutes. Most of that time I was thinking about 18…. Qe3. Question for you! What do you think about this move? Would you play it or not? If not, what other move would you prefer?

In the next run of the game I was able to gain a pawn and we reached this position. Here I blundered (I still have that feeling) and played 29…. Bxb2. The game finished as a quick draw after that.

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11
Oct

Weekend tactic #8

Weekend tactic #8

The situation on the diagram is clear. White is attacking on the king’s side, black on the opposite one. But white is faster. Would you find the best white’s move now?

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06
Oct

IECG Cup 2009 started and I participate!

IECG Cup 2009 started and I participate!

IECG logoLast week started IECG Cup 2009. I take a part in this event as each year. Together with another almost 600 players!

The Cup is divided into several stages, preliminary groups can take 13 months of play. Then there are further stages and after approximately 6 years the winner is known. Quite long period, right? But it the base of email/correspondence chess. It takes ages to win something.

I am the weakest player in my group by far, so I don’t expect any great result. It is the same each year. I will try to learn something from the stronger players and try some new openings, which I would like to add to my usual repertoire. I think it is a good opportunity to test them as I cannot lose anything in this tournament.

When I am writing this posts, I just realized you don’t probably know the IECG server. I will intriduce it soon as another place, where to play chess online. Stay tuned!

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