Category Archives: Sicilian Kan

Italian Teams 2013 Bratto ITA (6) 2013-GM Horvath,CS(HUN)

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The feature game was won by Hungarian GM Csaba Horvath and was played in Bratto as part of the Italian TCh.

More about Horvath
Hungarian Grandmaster (1993). International Arbiter. 
Hungary Champion 1997. 

GM Horvath,Csaba

Winner of Budapest 1990, St Ingbert 1991, Budapest 1992, Forli Open 1997, Ambassador Open and Helsinki 2001, First Saturday 2002, Cvitanovic Memorial and Zalakaros Open (joint) in 2004, Val Thorens and Chamberry GM in 2005 and Capablanca Open in 2007. 
A participant in 2 Olympiads in 1990 and 1998.

TWIC 965
Here is the feature game. GM Horvath meticulously consolidated an extra P in a technical ending.

Djuric,S (2471) – Horvath,Cs (2515)
Sicilian 2…e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 b5 [B40]
45th Italian Teams 2013 Bratto ITA (6), 30.04.2013

Position 1
Black has a P+ and in the process of consolidating the advantage. What do you recommend for black?

Black to Play


Capablanca Mem Elite 2013 Rd4-GM Almasi,Z(HUN)

TWIC 964
GM Almasi took clear first in the recent Capablanca Memorial. In round 4 he won with a nice attack using the ever popular English Attack against the Sicilian Kan.

More on Almasi
Interview(in Hungarian)

Interview in English by Cebalo(who also translates)

Here is the feature game.

Almasi,Z (2689) – Inarkiev,E (2688) 
Sicilian Kan English Attack
4… Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.0–0–0 Be7 9.f3 [B48]
48th Capablanca Mem Elite Havana CUB (4.1), 24.04.2013

Position 1

White has a nice attack going. The g,h files have been cleared; white’s queenside is secure from counterattack and Ba6 is just a spectator. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play

TCh-SVK Extraliga 2012–13 Rd9-Varga Z(HUN)

TWIC 956
GM Varga scored 3/3 in TCh-SVK Extraliga 2012–13 play in rds 9-11. Here is one of the wins from this original player.

GM Zoltan Varga

Varga,Zo (2455) – Federic,J (2299) 
SI 2..e6 3.b3 d6[B40]
TCh-SVK Extraliga 2012–13 Slovakia SVK (9.5), 01.03.2013

Position 1
White has pressure over the whole board after some original play. The Na5 binds the queenside while the bishop pair menace the kingside. What do you recommend for white now?

White to Play


Cappelle La Grande 2013 Rd8-Papp P(HUN)

TWIC 956

Hungarian Women’s Champion WGM Papp,Petra scored 5.5/9 at the Cappelle la Grande Open. In round 8, she ground down Barlov in a tough RBB-RNN ending.

Papp,Petra (2280) – Barlov,D (2461) 
Sicilian Kan 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Bd3 [B41]
29th Open Cappelle la Grande FRA (8.47), 01.03.2013

Position 1
White is a pawn up but the passed a-pawn is firmly blockaded. What do you recommend for white?

White to Play


Youtube BeautyandChessGeek-Orlova and the GM

Youtube BeautyandChess BeautyandChessGeek
The first official chess video is Harikrishna-Van Wely from Tata Steel A 2013 in a smashing Sicilian win for white.

Alvarez has a real talent for communcating, in this fine initial video series.

‘Hello! GM Alejandro Tadeo Ramirez Alvarez (Chess Geek) and WCM Yelizaveta (Beauty) here! This is a Youtube channel about chess. We will be making videos about some of the recent chess tournaments going on, analyzing games, openings, and players!

Sometimes we will be together for the videos, but most of times will be seperately! Yelizaveta currently lives in Canada, while Alejandro lives in USA.’
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Here’s the game.

Groningen 2012 Rd1 GM Hansen,E(CAN)

Here is GM Hansen’s tough rd1 draw.

GM Hansen,Eric(CAN) playing in Panama Open II 2012 

Kerigan,Demre (2233) – Hansen,Eric (2539)
Sicilian Kan 5.c4 [B41]
SFG 2012 Groningen (1), 21.12.2012

Position 1
The ending is tense. How should black proceed?

  • 47..Bxd5 dumping off the passive bishop for the active knight
  • 47…Rf8 and trade off the passive rook for white’s active rook
  • 47…h4 fix the kingside pawns on light squares for the bishop
  • Something else

Black to Play


Position 2
Deep into the ending black has a dangerous looking passed pawn well supported by the rook from behind. What should white do?

White to Play



TCh-NED 2012-13 Hansen,E(CAN)

GM Hansen,E won his first game in the Dutch League.

GM Hansen,E playing in Panama

Beukema,S (2278) – Hansen,Eric (2502)
Sicilan Kan 5.Be3[B41]
TCh-NED Meesterklasse 2012–13 Netherland NED (5.3), 15.12.2012

Position 1
The position is sharp with mutual attacks underway after white played 32.a4.
Q1 How do you assess the position

  • Unclear and roughly balanced
  • White is slightly better
  • Black is slightly better
  • White is clearly better
  • Black is clearly better
  • Equal
  • White is winning
  • Black is winning

Q2 What should black play now?

Black to Play


Kobanya Open 2012 Rd1

Here is my first round game which made my opponent very happy.

The moral of the game is players win games not ratings!

Juhasz,K (1584) – Yip,M (2075)
Sicilian Kan[B42]
Kobanya Open (1), 14.12.2012

Critical Position 1
Black has just reinforced the kingside with 13..Be7. What is the plan for white now?

White to Play


Critical Position 2
Black thinks that after the queen moves there will be an attack on the g-file and compensation for the pawn.

White to Play


Hungarian Womens Ch 2012 Rd5

Here is an important game from rd5

WGM Gara,T-Wikipedia

Gara,T (2377) – Schneider,Ve (2306)
Sicilian Kan[B42]
60th ch-HUN w 2012 Kisvarda HUN (5), 08.12.2012
In a tense but balanced game black achieved a nice position. Later, black tried too hard to force the issue and opened up the kingside. Now white is in control.

Critical Position
Black’s kingside is loose. How should white proceed?

White to Play

Critical Position
Black’s king is shelterig behind the kingside pawns. How does white make progress?

White to Play

Schneider,V(2313) in the 1. Frauenbundesliga 2012–13

Here is a recent win over a tough opponent in the ladies Bundesliga.

Gaponenko,I (2403) – Schneider,Ve (2313) [B42]
Frau Bundesliga Div1 2012–13 Germany GER (1.1), 06.10.2012
This game can be studied under the following themes

  • Pawn structure
  • Fighting against pawns
  • Endings-extra pawn conversion

Veronika Schneider during Polonia Wroclaw’s 5th International Chess Tournament (2010)-From Wikipedia

Critcial Position 1
Black has a compromised pawn structure on the queenside while white’s structure remains clean. What should black’s plan be? How do you play?

Black to play

Critcial Position 2
Deep into the endgame black has an extra pawn. White however is resisting and has a passed c-pawn and a supported Nd6 deep in black’s territory. Converting the extra is not so straightforward. How should black play?

Black to play