A chess blitz game played on February 14, 2013, in Moscow, at the super strong Aeroflot Open Blitz Tournament. This is the first game of the mini-match between GM Mikhail Kobalia (Elo 2636) and the 12th women’s world chess champion chess queen Alexandra Kosteniuk (Elo 2581). After this game Kosteniuk will have a perfect 7 points after 7 rounds. The middle game is very tense, and Kobalia seems to be ahead with a Rook and 3 pawns for two bishops. With seconds on the clock, Kosteniuk manages to make the bishops spring to life, and wins the game. Read Alexandra’s post about this tournament at ChessQueen.com.
The Philidor position is one of the key positions in which the stronger side wins in Rook + Bishop vs. Rook. It’s useful to know about it in case you get that endgame in your tournament practice.
Watch the pretty chess combination played by the 12th women’s world chess champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk against French champion Romain Edouard at the Geneva Chess Masters. The game and combination are presented by Almira Skripchenko using the Chess King Pro Chess Software.
One of the best ways to improve your chess is to learn from Grandmasters commenting on their games. Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk – the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion – has put up online hundreds of commented game videos, podcasts, puzzles, etc. all for free! Here is a neat video in which GM Alexandra Kosteniuk comments her first game of the semi-final of the 2005 Golden Blitz Tournament Kosteniuk – Zhu Chen. Don’t miss the beautiful setting of the game!
Mate in 2 Chess Problem — presented by guest star GM Almira Skripchenko.
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Two strong Grandmasters, two Russian champions, two blitz specialists, and two friends… – here’s a chess game video to watch for sure. 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk wins this game against Valentina Gunina, at the 2010 Women’s World Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia.
Here’s a typical endgame position and – as luck would have it – such positions usually occur during time trouble! No? Well, Black’s only defense here seems to be giving checks and preventing a pawn advance. So, what was White’s magic move?
From the game Arkady Naiditsch – Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2009. Black plays and wins.
The much-anticipated Levon Aronian – Viswanathan Anand draw in Round 8 was disappointing for fans and the two maintained there joint lead. Aronian played an interesting novelty picking up a pawn and surprising Anand as early as Move 3, but the positional disadvantage kept him on the backfoot. Eventually, he was happy to draw. Vladimir Kramnik could not convert a win and had to draw Dmitry Andreikin. Peter Svidler was on course to earning a full point when he blundered versus Sergey Karjakin and the later sat it out for seven hours to win. The Veselin Topalov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov game was a draw. Read a full report on Chess Blog. You can replay the games with Chess King.
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