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TWIC 1236 Hungarians in Action

TWIC 1236 now available

Selected games


English Opening

46th TCh-GRE 2018 rd1

After 27..Rc5(Diagram)

Black has more central space while White has the bishops and the better structure

What do you recommend for White?


July 18 2018



  • Iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/8 red bell petter
  • mushrooms
  • raisins
  • bit of sliced onion
  • no dressing


  • half an avocado
  • tuna
  • one bananna ate one hour before

and meal supervisor

and background music

Background video



This had been on my shelf being ignored for years, which is a shame, as it is excellent.


TWIC 1235 Sicilian Taimanov 7.Qf3

The 7.Qf3 Queen Transfer variation is very popular nowadays


Sicilian Taimanov 7.Qf3 Nf6

Greek Final 8 Team Cup rd3

Safarli played an idea not mentioned in Attacking the Flexible Sicilian so Taimanov players need to take note.


After 12.hxg3(Diagram)

White has some pressure on the h-file and the Na4 is threatening to take the c-pawn or hop into b6

What do you recommend for Black?


TWIC 1235 Nimzo-Indian Defence

Keeping up with Roiz

The Nimzo-Indian by Roiz(Quality Chess 2017) gives a solid repertoire for Black. The following game is relevant to the Roiz repertoire.


Roiz is also working on The Queen’s Indian, scheduled for publication this summer.



Nimzo-Indian 4.Qc2 d5

71st ch-RUS HL 2018

After 18.e4(Diagram)

The Nd5 has just been attacked.

What do you recommend for Black?

After 18.e4

The Positional Rook Ending

The Positional Rook Ending


EU Union-ch 4th 2008

White to play

Although White won, the position is close to equal now. White keeps up the pressure until Black cracks and makes a fatal weakening pawn move.

Key techniques used included

  • king activation
  • gaining space on the kingside
  • rook activation on the c-file and later on the 6th and 7th ranks
  • simplification to a single rook ending


TWIC 1235 King’s Indian Defence

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

I was hoping to find some ideas on how to kill the King’s Indian but nothing much came up this week.


g3 King’s Indian

46th Annual World Open rd7

After 37..Nf7(Diagram)

What do you recommend for White?

The game was equal for a long time until mistakes decided the game late in the endgame.




TWIC 1234 Open Games

Selected Games


Open Spanish 6.Re1

11th Asrian Memorial 2018

After 23..Bxe8(Diagram)

Opposite colored bishops can have drawing tendencies in certain endgames but in a middlegame the side with the initiative effectively has an extra piece on ‘their’ color

Conventional positional logic suggests that White should play on the dark squares and black on the light squares. Black’s minor pieces are slightly passive but there are no obvious weaknesses. White has more space but the doubled c-pawns are not really weak.

What do you recommend for White?

After 23..Bxe8



Scotch Four Knights 10.h3

71st ch-RUS HL 2018 rd2

After 43.Nc3(Diagram)

Black is more active but the d-pawn has been blockaded

What do you recommend for Black?

After 43.Nc3



Centre Game

71st ch-RUS HL 2018 rd6

After 13.g4(Diagram)

White wants blood and with this in mind left his king uncastled and launched the attack with 13.g4

Black has gone about his business, completed development and secured his king.

What do you recommend for Black?

After 13.g4

Positional Rook Endings

The Positional Advantage in Rook Endings

One type of structural advantage is fewer pawn islands. Pawns can also be isolated, doubled or just easy to attack.

Here is a nice example of multiple types of pawn weaknesses with equal material in double rook ending.


Tilburg 1981

White to Play(Diagram)

White has the healthier structure and plenty of targets. Both rooks are actively placed on the c-file and the a-pawn is isolated. The doubled g-pawns are not attackable but have reduced flexibility.

White is attacking the c6-pawn while Black is also attacking the e-pawn.

What do you recommend for White? This is not a single solution question. There is more than one good move.

White to play



TWIC 1234 Hungarians in Action

TWIC 1234 is now available

Selected games features the HUN Youth Ch U18 Boys


Larsen 1.b3

ch-HUN Youth U18 2018


After 13..g5(Diagram)

Black had an excellent position from the opening but then did not take of his king

One would think that the offside Na3 would not be effective against the mighty bishop pair but looks can be deceiving

What do you recommend for White?

After 13..g5