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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…

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    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…

  • Blogs,  Chess

    Chess – Strategy – Aikido

    Bringing three disciplines together “Study the past if you would define the future.” Confucius As I briefly mentioned of my chess career until today, at my previous blog, this time I would like to set the focus on the future. I will first dwell on the word strategy, than mention on two disciplines that I devoted more than twenty years separately, and finally the way I approach chess currently.  Although we develop strategic plans and tactics in our business and personal life, we hardly know what the term “strategy” means and where does it come from. Etymologically it originates from ancient Greek: “The word stratēgos refers to ‘generalship’ and describes the art…

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    Chess Memoir – 1

    Three stages of my chess life It was in summer of 1993, that I played my first ever chess game; or better to say got acquainted with the rules and essentials of chess. At those days it was just for fun and as a hobby. Yet, I did registered for the professional sports licence and took part in school activities and official tournaments. Without a proper formation and training, I was aware that it wouldn’t lead to anywhere. And it didn’t. As the other priorities weight more, hobbies get the first hit, and it was not an exception in my case, either. I had to choose one among my hobbies…

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    Chess Tournament 6

    If you do have an appetite for tough challenges, GRENKE Chess Open 2019 is out there! As the organisers decided to connect GRENKE Classic with GRENKE Open in previous years the number of participants increased substantially. Thanks to that, now we have the largest chess open in Europe. I did also participated to last years event and you can read my observations and experiences from the first hand. GRENKE Chess Open takes place annually in Karlsruhe, Germany and this year it will be the fourth consecutive event. It is open to all players from around the world and it is expected that more than 1.500 players, almost 300 out of…