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  1. White to play and checkmate in 10 moves, BUT, with 2 conditions: a] No pawn moves allowed. b] It must be a knight mate! Your chess engine doesn't help? tough luck! use your brain instead! Solution:
  2. Regional duel at Malaysia. Gary seemed well prepared and he got the advantage at around move 23 and never let it run away. Possible improvements for black? There are at least two, check the game: [site “Kuala Lumpur MAS”] [Date “2007.08.22″] [Round “6.7″] [White “IM Lane, Gary W”] [black “GM Chandler, Murray”] [Result “1-0″] [WhiteElo “2412″] [blackElo “2540″] [pgn] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Qg4 Nf6 9.Qxg7 Rg8 10.Qh6 Ne5 11.f3 b5 12.Nc3 Bb7 13.Qe3 Qc7 14.a3 Rg6 15.Ne2 Bd6 16.Nf4 Nxd3 17.cxd3 Bxf4 18.Qxf4 Qc2 19.Nd2 Qxd3
  3. There's a misterious account on the playchess server which has everyone wondering: is it Kasparov? He uses the nick "Raffael" and nobody knows for sure who it is. Well, maybe some of the people at chessbase do know, but they're not telling: Oh yes, Garry has a nick called "Garry Kasparov", which he uses for special events. Whether he has a second account he uses to play regular games on the Playchess server? Now that will have to be kept a secret. Yasser Seirawan has said: "Everyone is saying that he is Kasparov, but I really don't know". Other people claim he's Kramnik and others
  4. Short's visit to Montreal has become a nightmare. After 7 rounds, he's on just one point. In this game, he self pinned his knight with 17.Ng6??, a move which soon resulted in one of the shortest defeats in his whole career. [pgn]Short,N (2683) - Harikrishna,P (2664) [C01] 8th It Montreal CAN (2), 20.07.2007 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d3 Nf6 6.d4 d5 7.Bd3 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 h6 10.Nc3 c6 11.Re1 Re8 12.Rxe8+ Nxe8 13.Ne5 Nd7 14.Bf4 Nf8 15.Qh5 Be6 16.Rb1 f6 17.Ng6 {??} Bf7 18.Bxd6 Nxd6 19.g4 Ne4 0-1[/pgn] What's happening to Nigel? it seems that it all has to do wi
  5. Since it has been clearly proven that it's extremely difficult to organize what is supposed to be the most important competition of the year in this country (Australia), perhaps we should ask New Zealand to organize it for us. Call it the "Championship of Australia and New Zealand" or something. What do you think? I trust New Zealanders when it comes to organizing national events... If they refuse, there's also Samoa Island, Papua New Guinea and other countries in the region. It would definitely give the event a tourist appeal, something which Australian Chess players seem to need when taki
  6. Javier

    Shirov's out!

    Ok, Shirov is out of the WC Cycle after drawing his last game against Aronian. It was a rather depressing game. I'm not sure if Shirov had any seconds during this match, but his opening choice was really quite a bad one (once again). I mean, just look at the position after black's 16th move. It doesn't matter whether it's book or not, it's just a really sad position for a player with such an imagination. Watch: Shirov,A (2699) - Aronian,L (2759) [C88] WCh Candidates Finals Elista RUS (6), 12.06.2007 [pgn] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.d3 d6
  7. I took this quiz today, and this is the disappointing result that I got. Now you know absolutely everything there is to know about my thinking style, so don't use it against me if we ever play each other, ok? Your Dominant Thinking Style: Modifying Super logical and rational, you consider every fact available to you. You don't make rash decisions and are rarely moved by emotion. You prefer what's known and proven - to the new and untested. You tend to ground those around you and add stability. What's Your Thinking Style? http://www.blogthings.com/whatsyourt
  8. Javier

    Now, that's ugly!

    I tried to find the ugliest move ever played in one of my games, but couldn't find any ugly moves, I wonder why? and then I remembered a position I saw during my Singapore-Sydney flight... Look at the position of white's King, I mean, it's so UGLY, isn't it? However, it's white to play and draw! If you can't find the answer, slide your mouse over the black line. That wasn't so ugly, was it? True, but look at this now: The dog above has won the "ugliest dog in the world" award for the second year in a row. Watch the full video here.
  9. My free electronic book, "Learn chess Or Call Me An Idiot!!" has reached the first spot in the free ebooks billboard: Check it out here!. Brought up in a catholic culture, I've been programmed to behave modestly, but life's so short and there are so few things to cellebrate sometimes... what the hell, I'm happy!
  10. Maybe, just maybe I haven't forgotten how to play chess after all. Ok, here's a game I played on-line yesterday on the playchess server against a well known WGM. It's one of those 3 minutes games. The fun happens between moves 20 and 23. White: Woman GM (I'd rather not tell her name) Black: Javier Gil [pgn]1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 O-O 7. Bd3 Re8 8. Qc2 Nbd7 9. Nf3 Nf8 10. h3 c6 11. Bf4 a5 12. O-O Ng6 13. Bh2 Bd6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. a3 Qe7 16. Rab1 Ne4 17. b4 f5 18. Rfe1 Nh4 19. Ne5 Qg5 20. Bf1 Rxe5 21. dxe5 Nf3+ 22. Kh1 Qg3 23. gxf3 Nxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Q
  11. Javier

    Best move ever?

    What's the best move you've ever seen? On my QF6 (that's not Queen to f6! ) flight from Singapore to Sydney this morning, I could not get any sleep and had to switch on my pocket pc to review some great endgame compositions. I then found the following beauty. What would you play here as white and, more importantly, why? btw, either Airfrance or Qantas have managed to lose my suitcase. I only have a pair of trousers and a shirt to wear now...
  12. See that beauty above? It can reach peak speeds of more than 300 Km an hour. It's called "AVE", spanish for "Bird" and also an acronism meaning "Spanish High Speed" (Alta Velocidad Español). Today I travelled from Madrid to Zaragoza (350 km) in 75 minutes. I didn't even have time to take a short nap! But then again, isn't that what's happening all over the world? isn't everything going and happening a lot faster than it ever was? tranport, internet connections, food gets cooked in a matter of minutes in your microwave, marriages last months.... and what not! Yes, what not, even chess! Some
  13. A few days ago we saw how Seirawan killed Harry Potter, but as you know, anything can happen when you play a 3+1 game of chess. Yes, I do mean anything, for example losing in just 16 moves... (btw, the numbers in brakets are blitz ratings on the playchess server. Accord is one of the strongest blitz players on this server). Accord (3146) - Yasser Seirawan (3127) [b15] 3m + 1s, rated, 02.05.2007 [pgn] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 g6 Javier: Strange that Yasser should choose this line where Black usually struggles... 4.h3 Bg7 5.Nf3 Nh6 6.Bf4 f6 7.exd5 cxd5 8.Nb5! Na6 (8...0-0 9.Qd2 is ve
  14. Javier


    Engineers at NeuroSky have big plans for brain wave-reading toys and video games. They say the simple Darth Vader game - a relatively crude biofeedback device cloaked in gimmicky garb - portends the coming of more sophisticated devices that could revolutionize the way people play. Technology from NeuroSky and other startups could make video games more mentally stimulating and realistic. It could even enable players to control video game characters or avatars in virtual worlds with nothing but their thoughts. (Read full article HERE) Here's some more information from their website:
  15. Javier

    Say cheese!

    I was reading the Sydney Morning Herald today and learned that "A large English cheddar cheese has become a star of the internet, attracting more than 1 million viewers to sit and stare at it as it slowly ripens" (Click here Visit the website!) Oh well, what can I say? , if you think perhaps you might have something A LITTLE BETTER TO DO (particularly if you're a chess player!) you might want to watch the following game which I saw last night on the playchess.com server. GM Andreikin - GM Jobava [b12] 3m + 1s, rated, 25.04.2007 [pgn] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 d
  16. Harry Potter is dead, I saw it with my own eyes! I guess such a sad loss is not something I should be sharing with others, , but some of the stuff I watch on TV nowadays has taken away all the sensitivity left which I had! Oh, and for the record, Harry Potter WAS NOT WHITE, HE WAS BLACK! [pgn] 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 c5 4.e5 Ng8 5.d4 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qe4 d6 8.Nf3 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Qxe5 Nf6 11.Bf4 Bb4 12.Be2 0-0 13.0-0 Bd7 14.Rfd1 Qc8 15.Nb5 Bxb5 16.Qxb5 Bc5 17.Bf3 Bb6 18.Bd6 1-0 [/pgn] This happened yesterday (April 25th 2007). May he rest in peace! This story is not f
  17. Javier

    Not an illusion!

    One of the best movies I've seen in recent months has been "The illusionist", with Edward Norton (a most versatile actor) and Jessica Biel. Now take a look at the following position. It's black to play and... win????????? Yes, this is not an illusion, it's not a magic trick. And I really ought to know it because I was black and my opponent resigned after my next move! As usual, avoid tmptation and do not slide you mouse pointer over the black line unless you know the answer! By the way, if you want to know more about "The illusionist", you can check the of
  18. I was kibitzing some blitz games on the playchess server last night and was surprised by the unexpected result of this game. There's a couple of errors on move 29 for black and 30 for white, but other than that the game is pretty good. The interesting moment comes on move 41, when Nigel tries to make some progress on the Kingside overlooking black's chances on the Queenside. By means of a nice sacrifice black was able to get a passed pawn and win the game. With a FIDE rating of 2248, 18 year old Kestutis Labekas, from Lithuania (AKA Lordi_forever on the playchess server) is probably no match
  19. Javier

    Dust in the wind

    Who or what are we in this infinite universe of ours? How meaningless are our daily actions and thoughts? is there any reason to believe that we are any smarter, more creative, artistic, important, relevant, useful (or any other positive adjective that you can think of) than others? Perhaps the answer was found by "Kansas" guitarist Kerry Livgren when he was reading a book of Native American poetry. The line that caught his attention was "For All We Are Is Dust In The Wind..." That might well be true, but in 1932 Holm composed the following study, which, in my opinion, is much more than
  20. Hey, how do you like my autobot?: Transformers, the movie produced by Spielberg, premiers worldwide on July 4th. The Decepticons (known as Destrons or on occasion Deathtrons in Japan) are the enemies of the Autobots, and the villains in the fictional universe of the Transformers toyline and related spin-off comics and cartoons. Their best known leader is Megatron. Despite being the villains, the Decepticons are very popular. Part of their popularity comes from having many more memorable personalities within their ranks than their Autobot foes. Examples include the eternally
  21. I was thinking about an old story the other day: An old lady buys a bottle of wine at the bottleshop. She pays 10 dollars for it and then she leaves. She walks for 10 minutes and then, all of sudden, the following questions enter her mind: "do I really want this wine?, isn't alcohol supposed to be bad for me? Shouldn't I have bought an orange juice instead, which is not only healthier but also a lot cheaper?" So, she turns around and walks back towards the bottle shop. When she gets there, the cashier, who happens to be quite a nice man, gives her the 10$ back with no questions asked.
  22. Timoshenko's has won the Sydney International Open and I figured that I might as well publish one of his games on my blog. It's kind of funny, but I actually have had a lot of trouble finding the typical "spectacular" victory of his in this event! I'm not saying that his games were not interesting, but they were not very eye catching (don't we all wish we could play so efficently too?). Anyway, I finally came accross the game that he played on round one against a player who was rated nearly 600 points below him. The game is OK, but something odd happens on move 34. Why did Georgy play 34.
  23. Cathy Rogers, publicity officer for the Sydney International Open, wrote on Friday: "The biggest disappointment of the tournament has been the dismal showing of top seed, Russian Grandmaster Sergei Shipov, formerly ranked among the best 25 in the world. His world ranking will suffer enormously from this result." She actually wrote this before learning about his dramatic loss in game 8 against Bernardino, from the Philipines, a player rated 2146 (around 450 points below the Russian GM!). But Shipov's run in this tournament is one to forget: a draw against Chow (elo 2220) on round 2, a loss
  24. [Event "Sydney International Open"] [Round "6.5"] [White "Bjelobrk, Igor, 2386"] [black "Matamoros Franco, Carlos 2523"] This position happened on board 5, round 6 of the Sydney International Open. Both players were probably in time trouble. White has just played 37. Rf1. Think about it. Take your time. What would you play now as black? When you think you're ready, put your mouse pointer over the black line and simply slide it.
  25. Australia's number 1 player, GM Ian Rogers, is currently leading the Sydney International Open with 5/5. If you're wondering how Ian can still play at the top after nearly 3 decades of success, I have but one answer: let the games speak by themselves! [Event "Sydney International Open"] [Date "Apil 10th, 2007"] [Round "4"] [White "Rogers, Ian, ACF 2621"] [black "Lane, Gary W, ACF 2452"] [Result "1-0"] [pgn] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Be6 10.d4 Bxb3 11.Qxb3 d5 12.exd5 Na5 13.Qd1 exd4 14.Nxd4 Nxd5 15.b4 c5 16.Nf5 Nc6 17.a
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