Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 / Round 10 / Final

  Magnus Carlsen Well Carlsen did it!  Magnus beat Caruana in the last round of the Gashimov Memorial. Caruana playing Black sacrificed a Pawn early in the game for “activity/pressure”; that coupled with “sneaky” drawing schemes throughout made this a nice fight.  Carlsen accepted the material and magnificently converted one… Continue reading

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 / Round 9

Fabiano Caruana Caruana won an extremely well played game against Mamedyarov in the 9th round. Why doesn’t Black recapture the Pawn on move 23? (Left Diagram) How many people would walk into the potential exposed checks/attacks beginning with White’33rd move? (Middle Diagram) Converting the extra material or transforming it into… Continue reading

Red Bull and Nakamura

  America’s No.1  signed by a new sponsor may give him wings..  “I think working with Red Bull might give chess more exposure; it’s a first step in changing the image.” Bio Page : http://www.redbull.com/us/en/athletes/1331642811144/hikaru-nakamura-chess-grandmaster  Hikaru Nakamura is currently the highest United States Chess Federation (USCF) rated player at 2854, His… Continue reading