Tiviakov’s Italian Game

My Dad says it’s a good idea to find players who are experts on particular openings and study their games. Sergei Tiviakov is a good player to study because he’s an expert in a number of different openings, having played them for many years.

Here’s a game of Tiviakov’s in the Italian Game in which he wins against a tough opponent. He wins the battle on the queenside and gets a strong passed pawn:

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No Rush in the Endgame

One of the most important endgame principles is not to hurry. My Dad says I should have played more patiently with 24.h4 and then brought the king up to h3 after my 24.g5 Black was fine, at least until he played 31…Rhh8.

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A Win with the Ruy Lopez

Here’s a win of mine from this last weekend using the Ruy Lopez. My Dad says I played it very well, though I pushed my pawns a bit too quickly when I got nervous in the later stages:

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Winning Ugliest

Concluding my series of horrible Black wins in the Czech Benoni, here’s a game in which one of my Dad’s idols, Leonid Stein, was completely lost after 26…Rg8. He went on to win in the end but not thanks to his ugly position:


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Winning Uglier

Following up my Czech Benoni debut from last week, here’s an even uglier win with it by the Romanian Grandmaster Victor Ciocaltea. Black did absolutely nothing for most of the game while his opponent tried to figure out how to break though. Finally he got going with 44.f4 but had to resign a few moves later!

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Winning Ugly

I had a tough tournament over the Easter weekend in Bolton where I felt I played poorly. Fortunately I won my last two games to end up with a respectable result.

Before my last round game my Dad showed me the Czech Benoni for 10 minutes in the car, mainly because I’d lost the last two games with the Old Indian and no longer felt confident playing it. I managed to win but it was an ugly game:

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Miserable Defences

It always surprises me when I see players choose miserable defences as Black.Not only can the results be pretty bad, you can also get a game in which you do nothing but suffer.

My Dad and I recently looked at the defence played in the game below but it just looked too miserable for Black. Black’s doubled pawns on e6 and e5 can be defended in the short term but in the long run they leave his position looking very passive. After 25 moves it was only White who could win and he finally did so after another 50 moves.

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Last Round Wins

Winning in the last round makes all the difference to a tournament. After four rounds in Blackpool I was only on one point, despite having had two winning positions with White but I managed to win the last game which changed the result completely:

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Bent Larsen’s Influence

My Dad has told me how Bent Larsen’s booklet Solide Apninger (Solid Openings) influenced a generation of young Danish players with the openings choices presented. Here is an example of this with Peter Heine Nielsen beating a Russian GM with the Old Indian, a really good moment being the queen sacrifice with 20…Qxe3:

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