• Book Reviews,  Chess

    The Science of Strategy

    After the last Grenke Chess Tournament I have analysed my games and among many others, I have detected two problematic areas to improve: The first one was on pawn structures and the latter on calculation of variations. As it is sometimes best to return to the beginning, I have read Hans Kmoch’s Pawn Power in Chess, which is very elementary in context, but highly advanced in technique. When it comes to calculation of variations, I have realised that the problem not only lies on the lack of knowledge, but also in the way we think. So I have applied the principles of behavioural finance to chess through Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking,…

  • Book Reviews,  Chess

    Pawn Power in Chess

    After the last Grenke Chess Tournament I have analysed my games and among many others, I have detected two problematic areas to improve: The first one was on pawn structures and the latter on calculation of variations. As it is sometimes best to return to the beginning, I have read Hans Kmoch’s Pawn Power in Chess, which is very elementary in context, but highly advanced in technique. When it comes to calculation of variations, I have realised that the problem not only lies on the lack of knowledge, but also in the way we think. So I have applied the principles of behavioural finance to chess through Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking,…

  • Chess

    Chess Tournament 8

    GRENKE Chess Open 2020 As being the major open chess tournament in Europe, GRENKE Chess Open has an important place for me and the challenge is now out there! In addition to playing at the same venue with the World Chess Champions and other top class players, quality of the tournament – from opponents to materials and conditions – is unparalleled. This year it will be held for the fifth consecutive time and I am glad to participate previous ones and getting ready for the 2020. You can find my comments, observations and experiences from the first hand on the last event as well as the current tournament here on…

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    Chess Tournament 7

    Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 If you do have an appetite for tough challenges, Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2020 is out there! It is counted as one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar and open to all chess players. The event called as the “Wimbledon of Chess” and this year it celebrates its 82nd anniversary. Although Garry Kasparov dominated the tournament previously, I follow it closely since 2004, in which year Magnus Carlsen played first time there and attained the Grand Master title. So it is a kind of beginning of a fascinating chapter for me. And what makes this year more special is, that Magnus…

  • Chess

    Chess – Road to 2.000

    Evaluation of Performance “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Peter Drucker If you have already read previous two documents on my chess history and bringing three spheres together, we can now move on the ‘past performance check’, and ‘shaping future expectations’. Setting targets and making plans are very crucial for success, but if they are subjective and not based on facts, then probably they would not be that functional and long-lasting. Therefore first thing to do is making an objective evaluation of performance in the light of realisations. As Drucker, one of the most influential and well-known figure on management, stated that very wisely as I quoted above, management starts with status control…