Chess Informant 120 Maracana Book: Paperback, 340 pages, English language.
CHESS OR FOOTBALL?
By GM Rafael Leitão in Chess Informant 120 Maracanã
My tickets are in hand for the last 16 and quarter finals of the World Cup. Unfortunately I might have to play a chess team championship and forfeit what can be a ‘more or less’ interesting World Cup clash like Brazil vs. Italy in the quarter finals.But what is stronger in this real Brazilian? A passion for chess or the once in a lifetime chance to see his national team playing a big soccer match on home turf? Well, we will see ... watch out if a camera happens to spot me in the stadium and I hope you will remember this year as the one in which Chess Informant dedicated its cover page to Brazil – since our sport should unite all nations, with body and mind, throughout the whole world...
Our four times-a-year publication aspires to be an arena that gathers together the very best in present day chess. With the Football World Cup in Brazil only a short time away, we are even tempted to claim that the Informant is a Chess Maracanã!
And with every number we aim to take another step forward and try out more innovative ideas. So...let’s tell you about some of the new authors and columnists who will be contributing to our forthcoming 120th(!) number.
GM Alexander Morozevich, winner of the Poikovsky 2014 super-tournament and one of the most original and daring players on the planet, launches his Midnight in Moscow column in which he takes chess to its outer limits with examples of extreme opening play. Surrealism in chess – that’s what Alex is painting on the 64 squares of the chessboard. But this is not just pure fantasy. You will discover that you really can unleash a novelty as early as the 3rd move – even in today’s gladiatorial world of competitive chess!
GM Heine Peter Nielsen was not only Magnus Carlsen’s second in last year’s world championship contest but also had formerly served as trainer to Vishy Anand! So who better to present an overview of the recent Candidates tournament in which the Tiger from Madras, against expectations, earned the right to a return title match against Carlsen later this year. His wife GM Viktoria Cmilyte serves as co-writer and adds further colour to the report. In addition, Macedonian GM Aleksandar Colovic, drawing parallels from chess history, identifies some interesting psychological factors confronting the competing players.
GM Ivan Sokolov also starts his own column, beginning with an elaboration of the theme of chasing the king in the early phase of the game. Here you will see some magnificent examples of romantic-style play, taken from the latest practice.
Experienced GM Eduardas Rozentalis provides a master class on how to assess the right moment to exchange off into a pawn endgame. In such critical positions, the correct decision can lead to victory, the wrong choice to heartbreak... So do study this article and safeguard yourself!
Endgame strategy is the specialty of German GM Karsten Mueller, who here concentrates on the necessary technique to win with two bishops against bishop and knight – which can even be equivalent to a significant material advantage.
European Individual Championship (Yerevan) - exclusive annotations by the 2014 European champion GM Alexander Motylev , runner-up GM David Anton Guijarro and 4th placed GM Dragan Solak.
Then we have our regular grandmaster columnists:
GM Mihail Marin, who teaches the art of analysis by comparing the play of past masters to those of the present, with particular emphasis on nuances of central pawn attacks;
GM Sarunas Sulskis, who reports on Magnus Carlsen’s dramatic victory in the Gashimov Memorial;
GM Alex Ipatov, who highlights young players in his North German team who are making such an impact on the Bundesliga;
GM Rafael Leitão, who pays tribute to a very special visitor to his native Brazil – none less than the world champion Magnus Carlsen himself.
Technical material is also not neglected with GM Vassilios Kotronias presenting the second part of his comprehensive study of the 2.c3-Sicilian – making it truly a book within a book!
Chess Informant Labs also feature:
The Scotch by young lion GM Robert Aghysarian and his mentor GM Tigran Nalbandian
The Slav by GM Ivan Ivanisevic
And not to forget our traditional selection of 200+ annotated games, played in the past months, and test yourself positions for combinations, endings, and studies...
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