The future of chess?

dgt 2010Today the Zurich Chess Challenge starts. The organizers invited some very strong grandmasters: Anand, Kramnik, Nakamura, Aronian, Giri and Shirov.

This strong lineup is not what makes this tournament special. It is the ‘new’ time control which draws our attention.

The new time control is 40 minutes + increment. The organizers call it innovation. I call it: same old, same old. This time control is nothing new. We even have a name for it (trumpets please):Read More »

Sacrifices in the Kings Indian

Simon Williams is one of the best (if not the best) trainers on PlayChess. His shows are always very entertaining and I learn a lot from them. Simon has a knack for the attack on the king.  

Tonight he showed some great Nakamura games. The diagram is one of the positions we looked at. This was not from a Nakamura game but Simon showed it to us because it was relevant for what was to follow.

There are some neat tactics involved. The position is quite complicated. As usual in the Kings Indian white attacks on the Queen side and black tries to force matters on the Kings side.

Question: who is better?

  • White or black?
  • What would you play as white?

Hint: there are several games in the database. It was black who won most of the times, but not always! Solution…