Candidates Tournament 2013 / Rnd 12

by National Life Master Loal Davis Vladimir Kramnik Two BIG wins today; long games each, but hard/hard fights. Kramnik won again with the Black pieces (Left Diagram) and took Aronian down another peg. Although Ivanchuk is near the tail-end of the tournament standings, he played spoiler today by soundly defeating… Continue reading

Candidates Tournament 2013 / Rnd 10

by National Life Master Loal Davis     Vladimir Kramnik The Berlin Wall Strikes Again.   Kramnik had a gigantic neutralizing weapon in his World Championship Match, which he won, versus Gary Kasparov.  It was the old (new again) Berlin Variation in the Ruy Lopez.  At one time this variation… Continue reading

Candidates Tournament 2013 / Rnd 6

by National Life Master Loal Davis   Carlsen played excellently with the Black pieces against Svidler’s Ruy Lopez.  Carlsen appears to be comfortable on either side of the Spanish game.  Here he effected the comfortable break of d5 on move 17 (Diagram).  Constant centralization combined with irritating threats eventually brought… Continue reading