Here are all the games from Round 2 of the Candidates Tournament.
This was a hard fought game between two amazing Grandmasters.
I have been actively playing games in the IECC. I particularly enjoy their pyrmaid ladder, so I have played several games in that format. This is the latest win for me in that area of the site. I am currently working on an annotation, but this version has a few notes in it.
I was reading an article at Chessbase.com regarding Nisha Mohota and it contained a very interesting game. I thought I would share it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I have been playing chess since I was 8 years old. It started out as just a fun game to play, but as is usual with me, it quickly became an obsession of mine. I have the type of personality where I need to know every little detail about anything I involve myself in. Chess was no different.
I began to visit used book stores where I would pick up chess books by the dozens. I amassed quite a library of chess literature. I would pour over games and lesson material on a regular basis. I soon began competing in tournaments. I did quite well right from the start. I would play a weekly tournament at the local chess club and then the random weekend tournament around Southern California.
I spent time studying all three parts of the game: the opening, middlegame and endgame. I began studying tactical puzzles and that brought my chess skill level to a much higher place. The book that took me to a very high level was The Art of Sacrifice in Chess by Rudolf Spielmann. For some reason this book did more for my chess playing than any other that I had read to that point. There was just something about the patterns I saw in all of the games that took me to new heights.
Chess has become therapeutic for me at this point. I enjoy getting inside of the game and figuring things out. Learning why something was played a certain way is huge to me. It relaxes me and makes me feel at peace. My new chess studies are taking me to a new place in life.
To get this section going I thought I would provide the PGN of The Week in Chess #1037 for your viewing pleasure. Simply click the ellipses (…) above the board to see a listing of the games included in the file. You can select any of the included games for replay here.