Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sicilian Accelerated Dragon (B34-B39) - Opening Theory

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6

Wikipedia's Definition of this Opening

Like the standard Dragon Variation, Black develops his bishop to g7 in the Accelerated Dragon. The difference is that Black avoids playing ...d7-d6, so that he can later play ...d7-d5 in one move if possible. For example, if White tries to play in the style of the Yugoslav Attack with 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2, 8...d5! equalizes immediately. When White does play 5.Nc3, it is usually with the idea of continuing 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 (forestalling any tricks involving ...Nxe4 and ...d5), followed by kingside castling.

The critical test of Black's move order is 5.c4, the Maróczy Bind. White hopes to cramp Black's position by impeding the ...d7-d5 and ...b7-b5 pawn thrusts. Generally, this line is less tactical than many of the other Sicilian variations, and play involves much strategic maneuvering on both sides. After 5.c4, the main line runs 5...Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 and now 7...0-0 or 7...Ng4 is most frequently


B34 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Exchange variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 Nxc6
B34 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Modern variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3
B35 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Modern variation with Bc4
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4
B36 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Maroczy bind
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4
B36 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Gurgenidze variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 d6
B37 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Maroczy bind, 5...Bg7
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7
B37 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Simagin variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Nc2 d6 7.Be2 Nh6
B38 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Maroczy bind, 6.Be3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 6.Bg7 Be3
B39 Sicilian: accelerated fianchetto, Breyer variation
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 6.Bg7 Be3 7.Nf6 Nc3 8.Ng4
Chess Articles

Opening Lanes 115 - Dragons Dream - IM Gary Lane (Overview of the Acc. Dragon with games)
How Wojo Won : Accelerated Dragon - USCF Article by Jonathan Hilton

The Chess Mind Blog (FM Dennis Monokroussos)
Bologan Stole My Novelty! (Sort of.)
Accelerated Dragon: An UpdateAnnotated Games
Karjakin,Sergey (2645) - Tiviakov,Sergei (2678) [B35]

Chess Videos

GZamfir (IM) vs curtains ------(Acc Dragon) -40 Min Video by IM Greg Shahade

Marcozy Bind

pokerpicard (GM) vs curtains 35 Min Video by IM Greg Shahade
Psychik (IM) vs curtains 40 Min Video by IM Greg Shahade
Karpov vs Kavalek  - 10 Min Video

YouTube Videos

De Vreugt vs Tiviakov - 9 min video (Annotated Game)
Adams vs Plaskett (1989)- 7 Min Video (Annotated Game)
Nijland vs Michaud - 10 Min Video (Annotated Maroczy Bind)

PGN Game Downloads

SicilianAccDragon.pgn - 13368 Games (

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Zugzwang - Chess Tactics

A situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect or A situation in a chess game in which a player is forced to make an undesirable or disadvantageous move.

Zugzwang Wikipedia Page - Good sized page on this topic with history and examples.
Zugzwang Article - by GM Julio Becerra on
Chess Puzzles: The Art of Zugzwang - Article by GM Lubomir Kavalek
More on Zugzwang - Blog post on Chess Strategy Blog

"Chess Blog" Posts
Chess Tactics : Should Some of them be Prohibited - 2 Endgame Problems
Chess Tactics : More Applications of Zugzwang - Endgame Problem and a Game with Zuzwang

Chess Videos
Saemich vs Nimzovich (1923) - 10 min Video (The Immortal Zugzwang Game)
Weaving the Zugzwang Web - 11 Min Video (Endgame that illustrates this theme)
Alekhine - Nimzowitsch - 11 Min Video (With a Zugzwang Theme) 
Chess Endgames: Using Zugzwang!  -8 Min Video (by FIDE Master Kostya Kavutskiy)

Rook vs Pawn Endgame Study - (1928 Reti Endgame Study with Zugzwang)
Zugzwang : Funny Name, Bad Situation - GM Ben Finegold

Annotated Games
Collection of 34 Games -  extraordinary examples featuring Zugzwang from 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Torre Attack (D03) - Chess Opening Theory

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5

The Torre Attack Wikipedia Page - General Knowledge on this opening. (View Games Online)
GM Jan Timman Plays the Torre - 11 Games to View
Torre Attack - 572 Games to View

Annotated Games

Carlos Torre vs EM. Lasker (Moscow 1925)
Carlos Torre vs Friedrich Saemisch (Moscow 1925)
NM Aaron Kahn (2291) - NM Victor Shen (2265) (2008 US Chess League ((Game 4 on this page))
Arthur Bernard Bisguier - James T. Sherwin (1955)

Torre Attack Chess Videos

YouTube Videos
A Trap in the Torre Attack - 5 Min Video
Torre Attack 1 - 8 Min Video (Analysis of a 5 min Blitz Game)
Torre Attack 2 - 10 Min Video (Analysis of a Corresp. Game)
Torre Analysis Game - 11 Min Video
gor (IM Igor Yanvarjov) vs chessstud (IM Greg Shahade) - 32 Min Video with Analysis

PGN Game Downloads
TorreAttack.pgn - 1736 Games (U of Pitt Archive)
Torre2e6.pgn - 7404 Games ( 2.e6 Variation
Torre2g6.pgn - 7661 Games ( 2.g6 Variation
TorreAttackMiniatures.pgn - 64 Games (Ending in 14 moves or less)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ruy Lopez - (C70) Norwegian Defence or Wing Variation (Opening Theory)

The Norwegian Defence (also called the Wing Variation ), is an aggressive but time-consuming alternative for Black. The game follows 3...a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Na5. The goal of the opening is to eliminate the white bishop. A speculative sacrifice (Nightingale Gambit) is now 6.Bxf7+?!, which drives the black king out, but with accurate play, Black is supposed to be able to consolidate his extra piece.

The Lopez Grip (Part 3) - Chessville Article by Andrew Martin (Part 3 is completely about The Wing Variation.)
Ruy Lopez - Norwegian Defense - Article by IM Jeremy Silman (Article is on the Speculative Sacrifice 6. Bxf7? Nightingale Gambit by White)

Sverre's Chess Corner Blog - Blog Posts by Norwegian Player Sverre Johnsen (and Author of THE RUY LOPEZ: A GUIDE FOR BLACK) on this Ruy Lopez Variation. (About 10 posts dealing with Different aspects of this Variation)

PGN Game Downloads
RuyLopezNorwegian.pgn - 696 Games
NightingaleGambit.pgn - 61 Games

Monday, July 6, 2009

Chess Pattern Recognition

Articles on Chess Patterns

Articles on by GM Gregory Serper
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know Part One
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know. Part Two.
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know. Part Three.
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know. Part Four.
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know. Part Five.
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know : That vulnerable f7 pawn...
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know : Pin, unpin...
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know : The Dangerous Diagonal
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know : The Dangerous h-file Part 1
Typical Patterns Everyone Should Know : The Dangerous h-file Part 2

Kenilworth Chess Club
Mating Patterns 1 - Mate with Bishop & Rook

Chess Videos on Pattern Recognition

Videos by FIDE Master Ingvar Thor Johannesson
(Mating patterns, Tactical Patterns, Strategic Patterns and Endgame Patterns)
Pattern Recognition #1 - 42 Min Video
  • Mate pattern #1 - Anastasia mate
  • Mate pattern #2 - Boden's mate
  • Mate pattern #3 - Blackburne's mate (called Stefansson mate in the video)
  • Tactical pattern #1 - Undefended bishop on b7 in hedgehog type positions
  • Strategic pattern #1 - Gligoric's pawn sacrifice
  • Technical pattern #1 - Self pushing rook + two pawns
  • Technical pattern #2 - Queen ending, pushing and defending against checks
Pattern Recognition #2 - 35 Min Video
  • Mate pattern #4 - Anand's mate: Qf3 + h-file battery
  • Mate pattern #5 - Bacrot's mate: Qf7 + check on h-file
  • Mate pattern #6 - Stellwagen mate: Ba7-g1 diagonal,pawn g4, Qh3 mates Kg2
  • Mate pattern #7 - Arabic mate (Kramnik mate in video) Rg8 or h7 with Nf6 mates Kh8.
  • Endgame pattern #1 - Philidor position plus thoughts on f- and g- pawns in R+p vs R
Pattern Recognition #3 - 35 Min Video
  • Strategical pattern #2 - Anand's King
  • Tactical pattern #2 - Loman's move
  • Tactical pattern #3 - Knight on the rim
Pattern Recognition #4 - 33 Min Video
  • Tactical pattern #4 - Petrosian's move
  • Tactical pattern #5 - Protecting b2
  • Mate pattern #8 - The Karpov choke
Pattern Recognition #5 - 36 Min Video
  • Strategical pattern #3 - Shutting down Spassky
  • Tactical pattern #6 - Engel's super pawn

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Colle System - Opening Theory

A good tool for avoiding book variations, for blitz play , or for forcing opponents to think for themselves early on. These days it is considered totally innocuous, and is rarely seen at Master level or above.

Colle System Wikipedia Page - Basic opening information

Quick-Start Guide to the Colle Zukertort, a Chess Opening System for Players of Any Strength - article on

The Rubinstein Attack - A Chess Opening Strategy for White - 25 page PDF book by Eric Schiller
(Known by many names including Colle with b3, Modern Colle, Yusupov-Rubinstein Variation,
Rubinstein Opening, Zukertort-Rubinstein Opening and Zukertort-Yusupov Opening)

1.d4 d5 Black Repertoire - Lecture -Kenilworth Chess Club Lecture by FM Steve Stoyko

Colle Zukertort - Modules from the Book "Moment of Zuke"
Intro and Module 1 (Early Move Order Quandrys) - 16 page PDF
Module 2 - Fighting an early Q-side Fianchetto - 21 page PDF
The Phoenix Attack Quickstart Guide - New idea in the Colle-Koltanowski (the “c3-Colle”)

Chess Cafe Articles by Gary Lane (dealing with the Colle)
Opening Lanes #30 - Murder on the Orient Express
Opening Lanes #64 - Playboy
Opening Lanes #58 - The Greek Gift
Opening Lanes #57 - The T-Factor
Opening Lanes #56 - Identity
Opening Lanes #55 - Step Back in Time
Opening Lanes #54 - Beauty and the Beast
Opening Lanes #53 - Fan Clubs

Annotated Colle Games
Modesto Bartrina - Theodor Ghitescu [A48] Olot (9) 1974
Abraham Kupchik - Jose Raoul Capablanca [A47] 1926

Chess Videos
The Zukertort Variation of the Colle System - 10 Min Video
Defending.against.the.Colle.System, - 60 Mins of ICC Lecture by Pete Tamburro (Lecture in Flash Format)

PGN Game Downloads - 790 Games from the U of Pitt archive
Colle PGN - 5329 Games from
Rubinstein Attack Colle D05 - 1091 Games from

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

IM Gregory Shahade (60 Analyzed Chess Games) Videos

Here are 60 (5 Min Blitz Game) Videos Broken Down into their Openings.
(All these Videos are Courtesy of

All the Games are played and Annotated by IM Greg Shahade against (FM's,IM's and GM's)
The Videos run 20-45 Min each. (The Stars next to each Video are his rating of the quality of the Game and Video)


curtains vs RFrancisco -------(English 2...d5) ** 13:24
curtains vs Vadux1 (IM)------ (1..e5, Bc5 English) ** 20:57
curtains vs Solondz ----------- (...e5 English) ** 32:31
curtains vs Sunofeast (GM)--- (English 2..d5) ** 26:31
curtains vs KillerChess(IM)--- (English 1..e5) *** 25:44
curtains vs Killer Chess (IM)-- (English 1..e5) ** 23:36
curtains vs jaw (IM)---------- (Sym English 5..e5) **** 44:58
curtains vs jaw (IM)---------- (Sym English ..e5) *** 28:49
curtains vs hoffa ------------- (Eng Rubinstein) ** 26:13
curtains vs kunifax (FM) ----- (English ..e5, Bc5) ** 21:01
curtains vs Chemberlen(IM)-- (Eng 1..e5, 3..c6) *** 39:01
curtains vs jrlu21 ------------ (English 1..b6) ** 20:51
curtains vs Styggen (FM)----- (Sym Eng ..e5) * 15:58
curtains vs Deathsquared ---- (Eng. Reverse Dragon) * 23:41
curtains vs Molton ---------- (Eng 1...d5 2...Nf6) ** 25:32
curtains vs lsokol (IM)------- (Sym English ...Nf6) * 27:42
curtains vs mellow------------ (Dutch) *** 24:50
curtains vs Valet-------------- (Slav/Grunfeld) ***20:13
Kings Indian
curtains vs E-Grivas (GM)----- (Bf4 KID) *** 23:19
curtains vs PK972------------- (Drunken KID) * 9:22
curtains vs Descartes ----------(Closed KID) ***33:48
curtains vs lsokol (IM)--------- (Old Indian) *** 33:22
curtains vs SpinalTap (FM)---- (Closed KID) *** 38:46
curtains vs RaginCaucasian ---- (Closed KID) *** 23:15
Old Indian
curtains vs SibTeam (IM) ------(Old Indian) **18:34
Queens Gambit
curtains vs Chebyshev --------- (QGA) ** 29:43
curtains vs Tigrano (GM) ------ (QGD Tarrasch) **** 31:28
curtains vs mrrolex (FM)-------( Flohr-Mikenas) ** 28:56
emeritus vs curtains ------------(3.Nc3 4.Bb5 Sic.) * 21:48

dark-angel vs curtains ---------- (BogoIndian) *** 19:46
bkwiz (IM) vs curtains ----------(4. Nd2 Bogo) *** 30:21
jinx vs curtains----------------- (Bogo Indian 3. g3) *** 18:54
Aedes (IM) vs curtains --------- (4. Bd2 Bogo) ** 20:25
YaacovN vs curtains ------------ (Colle) ** 26:03
Wrestler84 vs curtains ----------(Colle) ** 23:03
angelesdragon27 vs curtains---- (Sym Eng 5.e4) ** 25:11
YARDBIRD (GM) vs curtains--- (Sym Eng 5..e6) *** 30:27
Marcozy Bind
pokerpicard (GM) vs curtains--- (Marcozy Bind) *** 35:53
Psychik (IM) vs curtains --------(Maroczy Bind) **** 40:40
Vadux1 (IM) vs curtains-------- (Nimzo 4.Qc2) ** 32:29
Glook (IM) vs curtains --------- (Nimzo 4.a3) * 23:26
olegim (IM) vs curtains ---------(4.Qc2 Nimzo) *** 36:35
Dueces vs curtains --------------(Nimzo 4.e3) ** 40:48
pedrovvv vs curtains ----------- (3.Bc4 Sicilian) * 17:13
observe (GM) vs curtains ------ (c3 Closed Sicilian) ** 31:36
kramnot vs curtains ------------(c3 Sicilian) ** 20:14
robtodd vs curtains ------------ (Closed Sicilian) *** 28:08
Kirlian (IM) vs curtains ---------(c3 Sicilian) ** 23:29
Sicilian Dragon
ZombieRagozin vs curtains -----(g3 Dragon) ** 17:04
Chapaev (GM) vs curtains -----(4.Qxd4 Acc Dragon) *** 25:06
VonLuck vs curtains -----------(Classical Dragon) ** 25:20
contin (IM) vs curtains ---------(Classical Dragon) **** 26:50
GZamfir (IM) vs curtains ------(6.Nde2 Dragon) *** 24:29
GZamfir (IM) vs curtains ------(Acc Dragon) ** 41:17
mathematician vs curtains ----- (g3 Dragon) ** 24:47
Gor (IM) vs curtains ------------(Torre Attack) *** 31:24
El-Marmalade(GM) vs curtains- (..Nd5 Tarrasch) *** 30:33
lighter (IM) vs curtains--------- (Exc. Slav) ** 36:51
curtains vs Dueces ------------- (1. a3!) * 23:10

Monday, May 11, 2009

113 Grandmaster Chess Videos (Free)

I have listed below 113 Grandmaster Videos
courtesy of the Internet Chess Club.
These are all listed under the ICC Chess.FM Free Video Selection.

These are all 14-30 Min Videos of their "Game of the Day"
annotated by Grand Masters.
If you use the link above you can go to the ICC site
and see the games listed by Tournament.

Here are all the Videos Listed by Opening.

Benko Gambit
A58 -van Wely-Carlsen - GM Gregory Kaidanov

A56 - Morozevich-Kramnik -GM Nick DeFermain

Budapest Defense
A52 - Kramnik-Mamedyarov - GM Joel Benjamin

B10 - Radjabov-Cheparinov - GM Ronen Har-Zvi
B13 - Ivanchuk-Topalov - GM Larry Christiansen
Candidates Round 2.3 - GM Jon Speelman


E00 -Gelfand-Polgar - GM John Fedorowicz
E00 -Aronian-Topalov - GM Joel Benjamin
E06 - Gelfand-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
E06 - Volokitin-Onischuk- GM Larry Christiansen
E06 - Kramnik-Leko - GM John Fedorowicz
E07 - Kramnik vs Shirov-GM Larry Christiansen
Dortmund Round 6 - GM Larry Christiansen
Dortmund Round 4 - GM Jon Speelman

English Opening
A05 - Ivanchuk- Bu Xiangzhi -GM Larry Christiansen
A05 - Kramnik-Carlsen - GM Ronen Har-Zvi

C11 -Topalov-Ivanchuk - GM Larry Christiansen

D80 -Wang Yue-Svidler -GM Ronen Har-Zvi
D85 - Shirov-Ivanchuk - GM Larry Christiansen
D85 -Topalov - Cheparinov - GM Larry Christiansen
Candidates Round 2.5 - GM Jon Speelman

Guioco Piano (Italian Game)
Dortmund Round 1 - GM Joel Benjamin

Kings Indian
E97 -Carlsen-Ivanchuk - GM Joel Benjamin
E98 - Ivanchuk-Cheparinov - GM Ronen Har-Zvi

Modern Defence
A40 -Kramnik vs Mamedyarov - GM Larry Christiansen

E21 - Jakovenko vs Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
Dortmund Round 5 - GM Jon Speelman

Petroff's Defense (Russian Game)
C42 - Anand-Kramnik - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C42 - Anand-Gelfand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C42 - Topalov-Gelfand - GM Ronen Har-Zvi
C42 -Karjakin-Jakovenko - GM Joel Benjamin
C42 - Anand-Kramnik -GM Ronen Har-Zvi
C42 - Ivanchuk vs Kramnik - GM Larry Christiansen
C43 - Kamsky vs Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen

Queens Gambit Declined
(Albin Counter Gambit)
D08 - Van Wely-Morozevich - GM Joel Benjamin
(Ragozin Defence)
D38 - Grischuk-Morozevich -GM Jon Speelman
D10 - Aronian-Grischuk- GM Larry Christiansen
D11 - Gelfand-Aronian - GM Joel Benjamin
D11 - Aronian-Morozevich -GM Larry Christiansen
D12 - Aronian-Ivanchuk -GM Ronen Har-Zvi
D12 -Navara-Cheparinov - GM Ronen Har-Zvi
D15 -Mamedyarov vs Kramnik - GM Larry Christiansen
D16 - Shirov-Svidler - GM Ronen Har-Zvi
Dortmund Round 3 - GM Jon Speelman
Candidates Round 2.2 - GM John Fedorowicz
Candidates Round 1.6 - GM Varuzhan Akobian
D31 - Bu Xiangzhi - Cheparinov - GM Joel Benjamin
D37 - Ivanchuk-Eljanov - GM Joel Benjamin
D39 - Gelfand vs Jakovenko - GM Larry Christiansen
D43 -Grischuk-Anand- GM Gregory Kaidanov
D43 -Carlsen-Van Wely -GM Joel Benjamin
D43 - R6 Kramnik-Aronian - GM Jon Speelman
D43 - Aronian-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
D43 - Grischuk-Svidler -GM Jon Speelman
D43 - Topalov-Kramnik - GM John Fedorowicz
D43 - Ivanchuk - Topalov - GM Joel Benjamin
D43 -Kramnik-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
D43- Grischuk-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
D43 - Shirov-Karjakin - GM Larry Christiansen
D45 - Aronian-Topalov - GM Joel Benjamin
D46 - Carlsen-Van Wely - GM Larry Christiansen
D47 - Morozevich-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
D47 - Gelfand-Anand - GM Larry Christiansen
D47 - Svidler-Karjakin - GM Larry Christiansen

Queens Indian
E12 - Mamedyarov-Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
E12 - Morozevich-Aronian - GM Larry Christiansen
E15 - V. Kramnik vs. V. Anand - GM Larry Christiansen
E15 - Mamedyarov-Karjakin - GM Larry Christiansen
E17 - Mamedyarov-Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
Candidates Round 1.5 - GM Jon Speelman

Queens Pawn Game
D11 - Xiangzhi - Topalov - GM Nick DeFermian

Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game)
C65 -Nepomniachtchi-Sargissian - GM Larry Christiansen
C67 - Karjakin-Wang Yue - GM Larry Christiansen
C72 - Gashimov-Grischuk - GM Ronen Har-Zvi
C78 - Leko vs Shirov - GM Larry Christiansen
C78 - Leko-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C80 -Shirov vs Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
C91 - Kamsky vs Shirov - GM Larry Christiansen
C94 -Shirov vs Kamsky - GM Larry Christiansen
C95 - Inarkiev-Kamsky - GM Larry Christiansen
(Steiniz Defense)
C72 -Shirov vs Mamedyarov - GM Larry Christiansen
C88 - Anand-Grischuk - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C88 -Leko-Grischuk -GM Nick DeFermian
C88- Anand-Grischuk - GM John Fedorowicz
Candidates Round 2.6 - GM Jon Speelman
Candidates Round 2.4 -GM Jon Speelman
C88 -Topalov-Carlsen -GM Jon Speelman
C88 -Svidler-Anand - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C89 - Anand-Aronian - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C89 -Shirov vs Karjakin - GM Larry Christiansen
C89 -Anand-Leko - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
C89 - Anand-Svidler - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron

Sicilian Defense
B30 - Mamedyarov-Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
B33 - Nisipeanu-Shirov - GM Joel Benjamin
B43 - Gashimov-Svidler - GM Larry Christiansen
B87 - Ivanchuk-Karjakin - GM Joel Benjamin
B46 - Navara-Mamedyarov - GM Larry Christiansen
B46 - Dortmund Round 7 -M Larry Christiansen
B48 - Cheparinov - Ivanchuk - GM Nick DeFermain
Dortmund Round 2 - GM Joel Benjamin
B30 - Kamsky vs Shirov- M Larry Christiansen
B30 -Shirov vs Kamsky - GM Larry Christiansen
B31 - Adams-Cheparinov - GM Larry Christiansen
B77 - Radjabov-Carlsen - GM Larry Christiansen
B90 - Anand-Morozevich-GM Larry Christiansen
B90 - Svidler-Grischuk -GM Gregory Kaidanov
B90 - Anand-Topalov - GM Gregory Kaidanov
B90 - Karjakin-Van Wely - GM Joel Benjamin
B90 - Nisipeanu-Van Wely - GM Larry Christiansen
B90 - Anand-Morozevich - GM Ramesh & Arvind Aaron
B90 - Jakovenko-Van Wely - GM Joel Benjamin
B96 - Shirov vs Karjakin- GM Larry Christiansen
B84 - Carlsen-Anand- GM Nick DeFermain

Friday, May 1, 2009

Kings Indian Attack - Opening Theory

A chess opening system for White that is not a series of specific moves, but rather a system that can be played from many different move orders. The KIA is often reached via 1.e4 followed by d3, Nd2, Ngf3, g3, Bg2, and 0-0, it can also arise from 1. g3, 1. Nf3, or even 1. d3.

Kings Indian Attack Wikipedia Page - General Opening Knowledge and History.

The Kings Indian Attack - Notes on a Lecture by FM Steve Stoyko (9 Annotated Games)

Annotated Games

Petrosian vs Pachman 1961 [A04]

Chess Videos
Kings Indian Attack Lesson 1   -  15 Min JRobie
Kings Indian Attack Lesson 2  -  29 Min JRobie
Kings Indian Attack Lesson         - 11 Min Video (Chess
50+ Kings Indian Attack Games -Videos Running from 4 Min to 45Min

PGN Game Downloads
Kings Indian (Comprehensive) - 4410 Games (U of Pitt Archive)
Reti/Kings Indian Attack .pgn - 17052 Games (

Thursday, April 30, 2009

2009 January - April (Master Chess Game Database)


Chess games from the first 4 Months of 2009.

The Games Are from January thru April 2009
in ChessBase Format.
(Each game has at least one player 2200+ Rated
and all Duplicate Games have been removed.)

2009Jan_Apr.cbv - 6.36 Meg

All the Games in this Database have been taken from free Chess Downloads all
over the Internet.

International Chess Magazines Online
National Chess Websites
International Regional and Local Chess Clubs
Individuals Personal Websites

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sicilian - Smith-Morra Gambit (B21) - Opening Theory

If you would like a try at a white E-4 opening against the Sicilian Defense that is not for the faint of heart here is a gambit opening for you.

Smith-Morra Gambit Wikipedia Page - General Info About this Opening

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3

Has The Morra Gambit Been Revived - Tim Harding

Articles from "The Gambit Cartel"
The Power of Ideas - Tim Mcgrew
A Little Learning - Tim Mcgrew

GM Boris Altermans Blog ( Morra Gambit Lessons)
Morra Gambit Pt 1
Morra Gambit Pt 2
Morra Gambit Pt 3
Morra Gambit Pt 4
Morra Gambit Pt 5
Morra Gambit Pt 6
Morra Gambit Pt 7

Here are 5 Chess Puzzles, all from Smith-Morra Gambit games.
Smith-Morra Gambit Puzzles
Smith-Morra Gambit Games List- Here are also 40+ games that are all Smith-Morra Gambits played by greats such as Fischer and Tal. (Viewable Online)

Finally here is a Smith-Morra Gambit Blog that goes over this gambit in great detail with plenty of illustrations.

Annotated Games
Kolenbet - Schipkov, B. [B21] - Annotated by B. Schipkov

Video Lessons
Smith-Morra Gambit Lesson - 8 Min Video (Basics of the opening)
Opening Systems- Morra -Smith Gambit - 10 min Video
Smith-Morra Chess Trap for White - 2 min Video

Annotated Game Videos
Tal vs Neibult - 9 min video (Main Line)
Matulovic vs. Segi - 10 Min Video (Main Line)

PGN Game Downloads
Smith-Morra Games PGN - 2150 games (U of Pitt Archive)
SicilianSmith-Morra.pgn - 5560 Games (

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kings Indian Defence (E60-E99) - Opening Theory

Kings Indian Wikipedia Page - The place to start to get a general overview of this opening and its variations.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 Black intends 3....Bg7 4....d6 Articles
The KID Bayonet Attack - by GM Arun & GM Magesh Part 1
The KID Bayonet Attack - by GM Arun & GM Magesh Part 2

Silmans Opening Archive Articles
KID- 4 Pawns Attack Article - NM Randy Bauer
KID -A Quick d4-d5 push - Andrew Martin
KID - Pain and Anguish - Karel van der Weide
Insights into and unusual KID - Manuel Monestario

Chess Cafe Articles
Fischer Plays Again (Opening Lanes 45)(E70) - IM Gary Lane
Seirawan vs Kasparov 1989 (E74) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Averbakh's System (E74) - IM Gary Lane
Dreev vs Shirov 1996 (E81) - Samisch Var GM Yasser Seirawan
Karpov vs Timman 1993 (E81) -Samisch Var. GM Yasser Seirawan
The Saemich Var. - IM Gary Lane
Karpov vs Kasparov (E86) - GM Yasser Seirawan
Picket vs Van Wely 1994 (E90) - Gm Yasser Seirawan

KID Fireworks Part 1 - IM Andrew Martin
KID Fireworks Part 2 - IM Andrew Martin
KID Fireworks Part 3 - IM Andrew Martin
KID Fireworks Part 4 - IM Andrew Martin

Kings Indian Tactics .pdf - 25 pages of KID tactics by Eric Schiller
Kings Indian Defence .pdf - 11 pages of the basic ideas behind the KID

Kings Indian 4 Pawns Attack - Website Tutorial
Classical KID Ideas with Na6- Kenilworth Chess Club article
Kings Indian - The Saemich Variation - A system against the KID
Kings Indian Defence Classical - FM David Levin
Can Blitz Teach Us Anything about the King’s Indian Defense Bayonet Attack? - IM Mark Ginsburg

Chess Puzzles by Opening
King's Indian (E60) - 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 (10 Puzzles)
King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack (E76) - (10 Puzzles)
King's Indian, Saemisch (E81) - (10 Puzzles)
King's Indian (E97) - (10 Puzzles)

Openings on Demand
King's Indian Defense Electronic Book (E-Book) Part I
King's Indian Defense Electronic Book (E-Book) Part II

Annotated Games
Dreev, A. (2685) - Smirin, I. (2691) [E81]
Schipkov, Boris (2355) - Socko, Bartosz [E84]
Schipkov, Boris (2355) - Monin, Nikolay (2405) [E87]
Goldin, A. (2630) - Shulman, Y. (2595) [E90]
Bu Xiangzhi [2708] - Vadim Zvjaginsev [2674] [E83]

Kings Indian Videos
KID Opening Trap - 9.5 min Video
Fischer's Use of KID vs d4 - 9min Video
KID 7. ...Nc6 - 7min Video
KID 7. ...Nbd7 7. ...Na6 - 8min Video
Bayonet attack against the Kings Indian defence Part 1 - 9 Min Video
Bayonet attack against the Kings Indian defence Part II - 9 Min Video

Intro to the Kings Indian - 16 Min Video (IM Jesse Kraai)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 1 - 19 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 2 - 14 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 3 - 19 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 4 - 22 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 5 - 19 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 6 - 19 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 7 - 27 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)
Kasparov on the Kings Indian Pt 8 - 22 Min Video (IM John-Paul Wallace)

Annotated KID Game Videos
KID Part 1 - 9 Min Video (IM Golembeck vs NM Fudera)
KID Part 2 - 10 Min Video (GM Shamkovich vs IM Nezmetinov)
KID Part 3 - 9 Min Video (Soloman Flor vs GM Alexi Suetin)
Oosterom vs Timmerman 1996 - 7.5 Min Video
Oosterom vs Timmerman - 1999 -6.5 Min Video
GM Ivar Bern vs GM Oosterom - 9 Min Video
Ljubojevic vs Kasparov 1993 - 9 Min Video
Gelfand vs Kasparov - 11 Min Video
Piket vs Kasparov - 11 Min Video
Petrosian vs. Fischer, 1958 - 11 Min Video
GM Ivanchuk vs GM Radjabov (Bayonet Attack) - 10 Min Video

Vegita (FM) vs Chessstud (IM Greg Shahade) - 5 min Blitz (Annotated with post-mortem)
Heileh (IM Heikki Lehtinen) vs Chessstud (IM Greg Shahade) - 5 Min Blitz (Annotated with post-mortem)
Thesalesman (FM Charles Galofre) vs Chessstud (IM Greg Shahade) - 5 min Blitz (Annotated with post-mortem)
plamkasidi (GM Dusan Popovic) vs Chessstud (IM Greg Shahade) - 5 min Blitz (Annotated with post-mortem)

Kings Indian Videos - (About 10 live game Videos and 6 Analysis Game Videos running from 10 min to 30 min each)

PGN Downloads (From
KID Averbakh - 5843 games
KID Fianchetto - 11208 games
KID 4 Pawns - 4951 games
KID Saemisch - 16376 games
KID Classical Main Line - 12972 games
KID Classical other 7th move -21503 games
KID Classical other 5th and 6th -6240 games
KID Classical Petrosian -4420 games

Monday, April 20, 2009

Chess Endgame Lessons


Mark Lowery's Exciting World of Chess
Endgame Lessons
Introduction, Basic Types, Rules, Principles, Concepts, Considerations
Basic Endgames-Introduction to Positional Themes Basic_Endgames_Positional_Themes.pdf(107KB)
>Bishop Pair Simple/Basic Checkmating
Bishop_Pair_checkmating.pdf (71KB)
King, Knight, & wing pawn v. King Endgame Strategy
Passed pawns in King Endgames (long)
King-pawn_Endgames.pdf (258KB)
King, pawn, & Bishop v. King endgame-Wrong Colored Bishop
King_pawn_Bishop_v_King.pdf (32KB)
The Art of Combinations for Endgames A Prime Example
Art_of_Combinations_for_Endgames-Prime_Ex.pdf <(31KB)
The Art of Combinations for Endgames Enhancing Chess Vision (conclusion) Art_of_Combinations_for_Endgames-Conclusion.pdf (30KB)The Lucena Position-Endgame Theory
The Troitzky Line
Troitzky_Line.pdf (253KB)
The Second Troitzky Line
Skewering in King & Queen v. King & Queen Endgames
Skewering1.pdf (20KB)

Advanced Lessons In Endgame Strategy by Jan Van Reek
150 Historical Chess Endings (PGN-File) (Cbase-zip)- 150 best over-the-board, theoretical and composed endings got new annotations.
22 Endgame Strategy Lessons - (PGN File)

Chess Endgame Study and Practice -  Jrobichess

Chess Cafe

95+ Endgame Articles - (Endgame Corner by Karsten Mueller) covering all facets of the Endgame
Endgame Studies - Over 850 Studies by hundreds of different composers.

Chess Endgame Blogs 
Chess Endgame Studies by Árpád Rusz - Nice Site with 30+ Endgame Books for Download

Endgame Videos -- from
 (85 Videos Running from a couple Min to 45 Min in length)