2021 FIDE World Cup and Women’s World Cup

The biannual FIDE World Cup ended last week in Sochi, Russia. For the first time, there was a concurrent Women’s World Cup as well, which ended a couple of days before that.   How Does It Work? Imagine an elimination bracket of 256 players, sorted strictly by rating from highest to lowest. They are paired

Which Sicilian is Right for You?

I don’t believe that the Sicilian is necessarily the “best” opening, or that everyone should play it. I do believe, however, that any player who wants to answer 1.e4 with 1…c5 can find a system to their liking.   Choosing Your Sicilian: Like Ordering from a Diner Menu! I discussed the Smith-Morra Gambit and other

Mark Dvoretsky: Great Chess Authors, Part 7

After mostly choosing authors for this series who geared their writings for beginners and intermediate players, let’s discuss an author on the opposite end of the spectrum. I warn you: this post will be long. Mark Dvoretsky (1947-2016) Muscovite Mark Dvoretsky was a very strong player, becoming an International Master in 1975. In this period he

Chess Tactics: Svidler — Vallejo-Pons, 2004

Svidler and Vallejo’s Rapid Race in the English Attack We pick up the action after white’s 25th move. White has just moved his king out of check. Peter Svidler has been one of the world’s best players since the 1990s. The 8-time(!) Russian Champion has played many outstanding games and has become one of the