Monthly Archives: November 2018

TWIC 1253 Petroff Defence

Selected games

Here are some interesting games from the Women’s World Championship.



Petroff 6..Bd6-9.Qc2

WCh Women 2018 rd3.1

After 15..Nfd7(Diagram)

The 6..Bd6 is becoming quite a popular way to play the Petroff with the benefit of being solid and having less theory than 6..Nc6. The main line is 9.Nc3 but Muyzchuk got a good game with 9.Qc2

White has more space, the e-file and better development

What do you recommend for White?

After 15..Nfd7


Lagno-Lei Tingjie

Petroff 5.Bd3

WCh Women 2018 rd4

After 15..Qa5(Diagram)

5.Bd3 is a sideline that proved to be quite effective in this game without Black having to make any obvious blunders

White has been pushing hard on the kingside with g4-g5 but the centre is open and Black has no obvious weaknesses. The Qa5/Na6 are not doing much and Black has yet to complete development. White has Qd1/Bc1/Ra1 also sitting at home

What do you recommend for White?

After 15..Qa5


TWIC 1253 Spanish Breyer Variation

The feature game shows some key ideas behind the Breyer Variation.



Breyer 14.d4 c4

TCh-SVK 2018-19 rd2

After 19..Na4(Diagram)

White has a space advantage but his c3-pawn is under attack. The hope is for the Re3 to swing over to the kingside to start an attack

What do you recommend for White

  • 20.Bd2 Passively defending the pawn
  • 20.Bb2 Passively defending the pawn
  • 20.c4 just getting rid of the weak pawn
  • Something else

After 19..Na4

TWIC 1253 Sicilian Taimanov and Kan

Here are a couple of key games in the Taimanov/Kan complex

Selected games

The Kan 7.Be2

7.Be2 is recommended by Kotronias and Semkov in Attacking the Flexible Sicilian. White keeps the d-file clear and keeps the Qd3 queen lift to the kingside idea in mind



Sicilian Kan 7.Be2 b6

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd2

After 31..Rxc4(Diagram)

Black is holding the position with active rooks and a dark square blockade with pressure on e4 and g5

What do you recommend for White?

After 31..Rxc4


The Taimanov 7.Qf3 Queen Transfer Variation

7.Qf3 is recommended by Shaw in Playing 1.e4 Sicilian Main Lines(Quality Chess 2018) with idea of Qg3 and a quick kingside attack being one of the main ideas.



Taimanov 7.Qf3 Ne5

Bundesliga 2018-19 rd1

Leko’s 13.h3 idea turned out poorly

After 20.Bc3(Diagram)

Black has an extra pawn while the Kd2 looks quite clumsy. The problem is Black is far behind in development and is uncastled

What do you recommend for Black?

(a)20..Qxd4 trading queens hoping that the isolated a-pawn is not a problem

(b)20..Qc6 going for the middlegame kill considering the wandering Kd2

(c)Something else

After 20,Bc3


Premium International Open A Budapest November 22-24 2018

Entries so far- Tournament info see Hungarian Chess Federation

The event is a 6-round Swiss with 3 groups


Prémium Apartmanház Budapest Konferencia terme

1139. Budapest, Országbíró utca 44-46.


  • Nov 22 rd1
  • Nov 23 rd2-3-4
  • Nov 24 rd5-6


Group A-Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED RtgI sex
1 Felmery Mate 727172 HUN 2127
2 Szente Varga Fruzsina 712264 HUN 2116 w
3 Torok Tamas Titusz 715026 HUN 2100
4 Nemeth Gergely 711055 HUN 2091
5 FM Takacs Lajos 701289 HUN 2056
6 Piroska Istvan 702773 HUN 2049
7 Kratzmajer Akos Gyorgy 774227 HUN 2038
8 Balka Richard 727431 HUN 2037
9 Hortion Donat 26015056 FRA 1960
10 Vereczkei Laszlo Dr. 718009 HUN 1954
11 Giles Benjamin 4300866 NZL 1913
12 Palagyi Csaba 755605 HUN 1894
13 Haszon Abel 712523 HUN 1819
14 Spanos Nomikos 4289870 GRE 1811
15 Szurkos Andras 769185 HUN 1677
16 Szalay-Ocsak Bank 784923 HUN 1610

Group B-Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED RtgI sex
Lakatos Tamas 766437 HUN 1788
Nagy Miklos 709549 HUN 1783
WCM Kovarikova Maria 14955040 SVK 1765 w
Forgacs Andras 769878 HUN 1763
Tolnai Jozsef 792233 HUN 1728
Nemeth Noemi Anna 758868 HUN 1726 w
Olah Laszlo Istvan 752266 HUN 1666
Vamosi Peter Istvan 796328 HUN 1617
Moricz Nadja 784060 HUN 1569 w
Piskoti Laszlo 792497 HUN 1566
Bolyki Istvan 777692 HUN 1564
Csernyik Mark 797030 HUN 1553
Repiczki Tamas 760064 HUN 1553
Szalay Istvan 17002885 HUN 1530
Kocsis Soma 706272 HUN 1509
Farkas Imre 799181 HUN 1448
Moricz Karmen 787507 HUN 1372 w
Monduk Laszlo 775509 HUN 1368
Benyeda Monika 759600 HUN 1357 w
Kovacs Kristof 799831 HUN 1333
Farkas Virag 797260 HUN 1267 w
Matyassy Lazar 17005167 HUN 1232


Group-Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED RtgI sex
Majorits Gyula 794872 HUN 1211
Varkonyi Balint 17002508 HUN 1131
Berla Zoltan Mate 17003318 HUN 1128
Apjok Balazs 799904 HUN 1101
Kulman Alexander 1667548 AUT 0
Toth-Magyar Andras Csaba 785768 HUN 0


TWIC 1253 Hungarians in Action

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

Selected games features GM Hoang in the Women’s World Championship

Hoang was elminated in rd2 in the tiebreaks



French Defence

Tiebreak game 2

After 22..Bf8(Diagram)

Black seems to be slightly passive but at least the Rg8 is doing something

What do you recommend for White?

After 22..Bf8

BTCh 6-board Rd3 November 12 2018

MTK 4.5-Hort SE 1.5

The Hort club is quite far away requiring a tram ride, a metro ride to the end of the line and then a short commuter train trip to somewhere that resembles the middle of nowhere.

I contributed a win on board 4

  • Laci A won
  • Molnar won in a mad time scramble after blunder a rook but both players had about 10 seconds left
  • Elena drew
  • Istvan B won
  • Laci G lost

It took me about 5 years before I scored my first win against Bokros,I  and this game puts the score around 6-2 for him. Lately we have been debating the Mieses Variation of the Scotch but today was something new.



Caro-Kann 4..Nd7

Board 4

After 20.a3(Diagram)

White has grabbed a lot of space while Black is solid with no real weaknesses

What do you recommend for Black?

After 20.a3



Laci A

Me ( I have more than one sweatshirt with the same color)

New Books from Quality Chess

From Quality Chess

Publication date is November 2018

The Queen’s Indian Defence

Vladimir Kramnik


Practical Chess Beauty

BTCh November 11-2018 Rd3

I contributed a draw for MTK III but MTK lost two matches today

I. osztály, Lilienthal csoport

Tabáni Spartacus II – HÜSI SC II 4:8
Mattolda SSC I – Pénzügyőr SE III 4,5:7,5
Barcza GSC I – Lombik-Fabulon 3:9
SENSE I – BEAC II 3,5:8,5
Vasas SC II – Aquaréna KSC III 8:4
Sirály SE I – MTK Budapest III 6,5:5,5

II. osztály, Bilek csoport

Sárkány DSE II – Csepeli TK I 5,5:6,5
A. Láng MKKE – Pénzügyőr SE IV 8,5:3,5
Barcza GSC II – Palota Sakk I 4:8
SENSE II – Újpesti KSE I 1:11
Törekvés SE – Pestszentlőrinc II 5:7
Sirály SE II – MTK Budapest IV 8:4

III. osztály, Szén csoport

Rákosliget – BEAC III 4,5:7,5
ATTE-ARISZ – Pestszentimre 6,5:5,5
Csepeli TK II – Aquaréna KSC IV 4,5:7,5
ART 3F SE – MTK Budapest V 5:7

Sárkány DSE III – HÜSI SC III 9:3
Mattolda SSC II – Sirály SE III 7:5
Barcza GSC III – Újpesti KSE II 1:11
Palota Sakk II – HASE III 1:11


We played in the basement of the Cultural Centre which felt more like the Batcave



English Opening 1..c5 Four Knights 6.a3

Board 9

After 25..Ra4(Diagram)

The game started with an English Opening but then transposed to a Sicilian Kan where I don’t have much experience. I managed to get the bishops and the central files but then failed to make the most from a small advantage after some accurate defence


Black has some counterplay while White has little to work with.

What do you recommend for White to get the most from the position?

After 25..Ra4


Me, deep inside the cave

The basement of the Cultural Center

The enemy team getting ready to play

Adventures at the Art Pub Nov 2018

This game caused me some pain


English Opening 1..e5/4.e3

Art Pub Open November 2018 Rd6

Position 1

After 15…f5(Diagram)

White has a big decision to make about the e4-pawn. The first question is keep or resolve the central pawn the tension? the next question exactly what to play(plus the plan)

What do you recommend for White?

It is not at all clear what I did was best


Position 2

After 18..Nb8(Diagram)

White has a nice position with good rook position and possible f-file play

What do you recommend for White?

After 18..Nb8

Position 3

After 23..Bh5(Diagram)

Black has made big progress. The formerly weak e4-pawn has been reinforced and the QB battery on the a1-h8 diagonal is not particularly effective. One of White’s trumps is the bishop pair but this has just been challenged with the ..Bxe2 exchange being the main simple idea when White would be left with a lame bishop against a nimble knight

What do you recommend for White?

After 23..Bh5


Sulyok,Eszter getting ready to play


TWIC 1252 Caro-Kann Defence

Selected games


Classical 4..Bf5/11.Bd2

Chigorin Memorial 2018 rd8

After 23..Nf6(Diagram)

White has a standard cramp in the kingside with the h5-pawn and also a central cramp with the c5-pawn which gives good control over the d6-outpost

What do you recommend for White?

After 23..Nf6



Classical 4..Bf5/11.Bd2

Leer Open 2018 rd5

After 20..b6(Diagram)

White has more space from the h5 and c5 pawns but Black has struck back in the centre with ..e5 and starting to undermine the c5-d4 pawn chain with his last move

What do you recommend for White?

After 20..b6



Exchange Variation

22nd OIBM 2018 rd5

After 16…0-0-0(Diagram)

Opposite sides castling usually implies mutual attack and a race. Black’s attack is well underway but White’s attack has not yet started

What do you recommend for White?

  • 17.c4
  • 17.b4
  • 17.a4
  • Something else

After 16..0-0-0