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European Indivdual Chess Ch(EICC) 2013 Rd2-GM Ruck(HUN)

EICC Introduction
A bit of background on the tournament.

TWIC 965
GM Grachev used the Cambridge Springs Defence to defeat GM Ruck with active piece play in rd2 of the EICC. Ruck tried tried the critical line but black equalized easily.

Ruck,R (2570) – Grachev,B (2687)
Cambridge Springs Defence Nxd5[D52]
14th Euro Indiv 2013 Legnica POL (2.14), 06.05.2013

Position 1
Black’s queenside majority is set to advance. What do you recommend for black?

White to Play

Hungarian TCH 2012-13 Rd7-GM Ruck R(HUN)

TWIC 955
GM Ruck played a nice good N vs B middlegame and then ground out a tough R vs. B ending in the Hungarian Team Ch rd7. There were many interesting facets to this game.

Lenic,L (2640) – Ruck,R (2567)
4.e3 Bb4 5.Qc2 [A28]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Nagykanizsa HUN (7), 17.02.2013

Position 1
Black has more space and the more active pieces but there is no real target to attack. What do you suggest for black?

  • 27…a6(make a tidying up move first)
  • 27…R8d7(reinforce the 7th rank as preparation for action)
  • 27…Kg8(get the king off the b1-h7 diagonal just in case. There is no need to rush as white has no counterplay)
  • Something else
Black to Play


Position 2
Black has the exchange for a pawn. What should black do now?

Black to Play


Position 3
Black has reached a tough endgame but white’s position has no weaknesses. What should black do now?

  • Shuffle the rook up and down the e-file(following the ‘do not rush’ guideline) 
  • Get the rook to d5 and then activate the king 
  • Something else 

Black to Play


Hungarian TCh 2012-13 GM Ruck,R Ending

Here is a game featuring strong endgame technique from a harmless Caro-Kann queenless game.

Hungarian Grandmaster (2001).
Hungarian Champion in 2002.

World vice champion U18 in 1994.
Best results:
  • Zagreb 1997, 1st;
  • European U16 1992 and U18 1994, 2nd-4th;
  • Oberwart Open 2000, 2nd
  • Hotel Irotkko GM 2000, 1st;
  • Kladovo 2001, 1st;
  • Hungarian Championship 2003, 2nd-3rd;
  • Bad Wörishofen 2004, 3rd;
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan Open 2011, 2nd-7th.

A participant in the 2004 and 2006 Olympiads.’


GM Ruck,R

Kovacevic,A (2549) – Ruck,R (2567)
Caro-Kann 6.Nh3[B18]
TCh-HUN 2012–13 Mako HUN (4), 18.11.
The game went to queenless play quite early and then black managed to get BN for R with a small combination.

Critical Position
Black must continue the technical phase with purposeful play. White is saddled with an isolated e-pawn but for the moment Ke2 keeps it secure. What should black do?

Black to Play