Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Answer to the Quiz posted on May 29th 2011

The position is taken from the simultaneous display Emanuel Lasker - Loman, London 1910 
Black to move AND WIN!
1...Rc4+!! 2.Kg5 Rh4!! the only move preventing White's promotion of the h pawn. 3.Kxh4 g5!! freeing the g7 square for the King 4.Kxg5 Kg7 


The source of this endgame is "Van Perlo's Endgame Tactics" excellent book.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Endgame Quiz

Black to move

This position occurred in a simultaneous game. Black to move. Please assess the position:

  • White has a won position.
  • The position is even 
  • Black has a won position.
  • White is slightly better
The answer will follow next Wednesday. Readers' comments are disabled for this post only, in order not to spoil the fun :-)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Can meditation influence your chess?

Recently I found an interesting interview to GM Jonathan Rowson
http://www.tm.org/blog/people/british-chess-champion/ 

In it he explains how meditation had a profound impact on his life. Also he reveals that before every serious game he devotes 20 minutes to meditation. You can read more at the above mentioned website. 
A couple of years ago I  discovered a site where I was taught to meditate (and much more) for free  http://www.aypsite.org/MainDirectory.html in a friendly non dogmatic way. I feel that meditation has improved meaningfully my life and my approach to chess as well.
Also, people who are interested in learning an inexpensive techinique leading to a stress-free life may give an eye to this link http://www.nsrusa.org/  A friend told me it works.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

UON 27 & 28 are available!

Very well done Gary & Lev!!
You can access these files at http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/Chess-Unorthodox-UON/files/According to an e-mail written today by Gary Gifford to the <UnorthodoxChessOpenings@yahoogroups.com>
"These contain Lev Zilbermints games and analysis of the Zilbermints Gambit to the Euwe Defense (of the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit).
These two UONs pick up where UON 25 (also with Lev's material) left off. The three UONs, when combined) make a pretty hefty book for those who like these lines." 

Monday, May 9, 2011