Posts Tagged ‘Michael Aigner’

Calchess Super States 2015

May 2, 2015

The Calchess Super States(Calchess Scholastic State Championships) is occurring this weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center. For most, it will be an occasion for games to be won, rivalries to be rekindled and large trophies to be distributed. For myself, weekends like these are all about celebrating chess and teaching hundreds of young bright minds. 

Below are some of my favorite teaching moments from day one:

Michael (fpawn) Aigner analyzing a chess game with Rishith Susarla.


MSJE Head Coach Joe Lonsdale thoroughly entertaining his students and their parents.

TCAMA Director of Instruction James Paquette doing what he does best. Teaching!

And then there was me helping out where I could.


Anand-Gelfand 2012: Blogs for Game 12

May 27, 2012

As the world awaits game 12 of the 2012 World Chess Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand, I thought I might mention the best chess blogs that are providing coverage of the event. Below is a list of 12 Blogs I have been visiting to read more about the Anand-Gelfand match:

Alexandra Kosteniuk’s blog on Chess news.

The former Women’s World Chess Champion has been providing fun insights into the match between Anand and Gelfand.


Chess Magazine Black and White.

This is a blog site for India’s first chess news magazine.


Chess in Translation

Interviews with Russian grand masters on the Anand-Gelfand match are translated into English and posted here. Sergey Shipov’s commentary is quite good.



An extensive blog with everything you need to know about the 2012 World Chess Championship match. This site includes a live broadcast of every game.


World Chess Championship Blog

Mark Weeks provides his unique perspective on Anand vs Gelfand 2012.


Susan Polgar’s Chess Blog

Susan provides live analysis of all the games from the 2012 World Chess Championship.


Red and White Chess

This blog takes comments on Anand-Gelfand from many sources and pastes them into each individual game from the match.



Perhaps the most artistic of all the blogs covering the Anand-Gelfand World Chess Championship match.


Dana Blogs Chess

Chess master and author Dana Mackenzie provides analysis of the entire Anand-Gelfand match.


The Chess Improver

GM and acclaimed chess teacher Nigel Davies shows readers how to improve in chess through studying the games of the 2012 World Chess Championship match.


Chess Strike

This blog provides pgn chess games and video analysis of the Anand-Gelfand match.


Fpawn Chess Blog

My former chess teacher Michael Aigner posts interesting commentary on the 2012 World Chess Championship.






Anand-Gelfand 2012: Game 11

May 27, 2012

Game 11 of the 2012 World Chess Championship match between Anand and Gelfand was nearly decided by the clock. Inexplicably, Boris Gelfand became uncomfortable with the position and used 40 minutes of his time to choose a relatively routine move early in the game. Gelfand is truly lucky that his clock management  issue in game 11 did not end up becoming the deciding factor in the  world championship match. Many of Anand’s fans, however, are left wondering about what would have happened had Anand not thrown his opponent a life raft on move 24.

My analysis of Anand-Gelfand 2012 game 11 is below: (Try copying the text and pasting it into your favorite chess program for easier reading.)

[Event “Anand-Gelfand World Chess Championship”]

[Site “Moscow, Russia”]

[Date “2012.05.26”]

[Round “11”]

[White “Boris Gelfand”]

[Black “Viswanathan Anand”]

[Result “1/2-1/2”]

[ECO “E55”]

[Opening “Nimzo-Indian”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 {Anand is going to play the Nimzo-Indian Defence again. It seems that he grew tired of defending in his early a6 Semi-Slav.} 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 {As in game 9, Boris chooses the Rubinstein method of meeting the Nimzo-Indian. .} O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Nf3 c5 {All of this is a replay of game 9.} 7. O-O dxc4 8. Bxc4 Bd7 {Viswanathan Anand employs a rare move here and Boris Gelfand seems very flustered.} 9. a3 {48 minutes later, the visibly frustrated Boris Gelfand plays a3. To be perfectly blunt, Gelfand needs to improve his gamesmanship. I see absolutely no reason why deciding between a3 or Qe2 here should put a player in severe time trouble. A position like this is less about calculating and more about choosing a plan. Gelfand’s epic indecisiveness put him at a distinct disadvantage. Should a position occur that does need deep calculation later, Boris will not have time to handle it properly. Furthermore, his painful facial expressions and long thinking time tells Anand that he is now in the driver’s seat and that Gelfand is not comfortable in this position.} Ba5 10. Qe2 {In the end, I don’t think it really matters much as to which order Gelfand played his moves in. Starting with the more forcing a3 seems to make sense as it leaves Anand less wiggle room. I just don’t understand why Boris Gelfand would put himself behind the “8 ball” because of the time difference.} Bc6 {This plan was introduced and played regularly by Ratmir D. Kholmov in the mid 1960’s.} 11. Rd1 {Michael Aigner once told me, “if you don’t know what to do, try placing your rook in the same file as your opponent’s queen.” It’s solid advice.} Bxc3 {Viswanathan Anand introduces a novelty to this game. Anand has always liked his knights but I was more than a little surprised to see him trade-off his bishop here.} 12. bxc3 Nbd7 {I am totally shocked by this move. Everyone who knows anything must have been expecting Anand to play Ba4 here. Viswanathan is really thinking “outside the box.” Getting back to Ba4… If Anand had played Ba4 then once Gelfand moves his rook he can play Nc6.} 13. Bd3 Qa5 {I had been considering Be4 here. Clearly Anand feels comfortable in this position because he played the moves as if he only had half-an-hour to live.} 14. c4 {It was either this or Bd2.} cxd4 15. exd4 Qh5 {Not to be underestimated is the value of a queen on an open rank.} 16. Bf4 {I spent some time studying the possibility of Ng5 here. After Anand takes Gelfand’s queen then Gelfand takes back with his bishop. Anand looses his open rank queen and Gelfand has the bishop pair for the end game.} Rac8 17. Ne5 {This is similar to the plan I mentioned on move 16.} Qxe2 18. Bxe2 Nxe5 19. Bxe5 Rfd8 {Boris Gelfand must have been happy to see simplification as he was really getting low on time.} 20. a4 {I understand the logic of moving the isolated pawn forward to cramp black’s queen side pawns, however I do not like allowing Anand to play Ne4.} Ne4 21. Rd3 f6 {At this point, Gelfand is down to just 30 minutes while Anand still has over an hour.} 22. Bf4 Be8 {This is a very drawish endgame for these two champions under normal conditions. Boris Gelfand’s misapplied time usage put him in a very dangerous position.} 23. Rb3 Rxd4 24. Be3 Rd7 {I can not believe Anand offered Gelfand a draw here. Boris Gelfand was down to 13 minutes on his clock and Anand still had over an hour. If, somehow, Anand does not end up retaining the world title, chess analysts will definitely be questioning this sportsman like decision for decades to come. As a fan of chess, I would have loved to see Anand try to swindle a win from his opponent under time pressure.} 1/2-1/2

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