Monthly Archives: July 2020

TWIC 1342 King’s Indian g3

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selected games


This game seemed one-sided but a closer look showed some subtle points.



King”s Indian g3

Legends of Chess Prelim Rd1

After 25.Nf2(Diagram)

Black has made the standard d6-pawn sacrifice but is now getting squeezed

What do you recommend for Black?

After 25.Nf2



TWIC 1341 Hungarians in Action: Pasti,A

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selected games features Pasti,Aron


Here is a dramatic win by Pasti, who scored 6/9 in the Paracin Summer Open



Spanish Chigorin

13th Paracin Summer Open Rd7

After 43..Re5(Diagram)

After 43..Rxe5



New Books July 2020

Lots of new titles available now from NIC


Think like a Machine

Think Like a Machine explores human limitations and proposes new avenues for human thinking, inspired by computer engines.

In positions taken almost exclusively from modern tournament play, the authors present jaw-dropping continuations which humans struggle to find, not due to lower human computing power, due to conceptual and perceptual limitations. In this book these “crazy” moves are analysed and categorized. If you want to expand your chess imagination, understanding and intuition, Think Like a Machine is the book is for you.


Playing the Stonewall Dutch


Black immediately seizes space in the centre and clamps down on the e4-square, laying the foundations for a complicated strategic battle.

Many players believe the Stonewall to be a substandard opening, naively assuming that the e5-outpost and bad light-squared bishop must give White the advantage. GM Nikola Sedlak disagrees, and in Playing the Stonewall Dutch he shares the insights that have helped him to rack up a healthy plus score from Black’s side. In addition to providing a complete repertoire in the main lines of the Stonewall, this book also offers useful guidance on dealing with Anti-Dutch variations and various move-order subtleties.


Playing the Petroff

Playing the Petroff offers an ideal solution for practical players. Swapnil Dhopade is a young Indian GM and theoretician, who presents a compact yet bulletproof repertoire for Black, drawing on the games of leading Petroff specialists such as Gelfand, Caruana and Kramnik. This book also provides plenty of guidance on how to deal with 1.e4 e5 games where White avoids 2.Nf3, with particular focus on ‘Anti-Petroff’ lines such as 2.Bc4.




TWIC 1340 Grunfeld Defence

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selected games


Dominguez Perez-Maghsoodloo

Exchange variation 8.Bb5+ Bd7

33rd Leon GM 2020

After 30.Qb1(Diagram)

White is simply threatening to taken a queenside pawn

What do you recommend for Black?

After 30.Qb1


TWIC 1339

The latest issue of TWIC is now available

selected games


The IQP attack is a valuable structure. Here is an example of a typical attack




Grandmaster Battle 2020 Rd1 Internet rapid

After 21..Bg7(Diagram)

The IQP underwent a transformation to hanging pawns

White wants to attack on the queenside but Black has some defensive resources like the Qd5/Bb7 battery aiming at g2 and central pressure

What do you recommend for White?

After 21..Bg7