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'Anton Smirnov scores 2nd IM Norm in Indonesia'

Mon, 2013-10-28 12:10 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "Indonesia Open 2013"]
[Site "Jakarta INA"]
[Date "2013.10.17"]
[Round "11.31"]
[White "Smirnov, Ant"]
[Black "Purnama, T."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B42"]
[WhiteElo "2306"]
[BlackElo "2382"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2013.10.10"]

{Apologies for the delay in getting this post up! Some articles for other
chess websites plus the heat put me out of commission for a bit, but I'm alive

Geza Maroczy

Wed, 2013-10-16 14:43 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "Hastings Cand Gr-A"]
[Site "Hastings"]
[Date "1895.08.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Owen, John"]
[Black "Maroczy, Geza"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A40"]
[Annotator "Illingworth, Max"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "1895.08.??"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2005.11.24"]

{Today I'll be focusing on the games of one historic player: Hungarian GM

Russian Chess Championships 2013

Wed, 2013-10-09 10:06 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "66th ch-RUS 2013"]
[Site "Nizhny Novgorod RUS"]
[Date "2013.10.05"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Kramnik, V."]
[Black "Shomoev, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2796"]
[BlackElo "2579"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2013.10.05"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "RUS"]
[EventCategory "18"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2013.10.07"]

Finding Your Own Weapons

Mon, 2013-09-30 15:25 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.09.29"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Finding Your Own Weapons"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C03"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "6"]
[EventDate "2013.??.??"]

{This week's blog post will be on the subject of finding dangerous ideas in
the opening. Certainly playing the main lines is a good approach, as you know
the moves have been played many times before by strong players, but you can be

Master Miniatures Part 3

Tue, 2013-09-24 18:06 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "12th Izmir Open"]
[Site "Izmir TUR"]
[Date "2013.09.07"]
[Round "8.2"]
[White "Fier, A."]
[Black "Rozum, I."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "2592"]
[BlackElo "2525"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "49"]
[EventDate "2013.09.03"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "TUR"]

{For this last instalment of 'Master Miniatures' I'll show five games.} 1. d4

miniature games Part 3

Wed, 2013-09-18 09:35 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "ACP Cup 2013"]
[Site "Riga LAT"]
[Date "2013.09.13"]
[Round "1.2"]
[White "Jakovenko, D."]
[Black "Svidler, P."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B08"]
[WhiteElo "2724"]
[BlackElo "2746"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2013.09.13"]
[EventType "rapid"]
[EventRounds "4"]
[EventCountry "LAT"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2013.09.16"]

Master Miniatures Part 2

Tue, 2013-09-10 09:33 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "2nd Washington Int"]
[Site "Rockville USA"]
[Date "2013.08.10"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Smirin, I."]
[Black "Sarkar, J."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B93"]
[WhiteElo "2663"]
[BlackElo "2437"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "47"]
[EventDate "2013.08.06"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "USA"]

{This week I'll be continuing my series on 'Master Miniatures', looking at

Grandmaster 'miniatures'

Wed, 2013-09-04 10:50 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "FIDE World Cup 2013"]
[Site "Tromso NOR"]
[Date "2013.08.28"]
[Round "6.3"]
[White "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Black "Kramnik, V."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C45"]
[WhiteElo "2719"]
[BlackElo "2784"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "44"]
[EventDate "2013.08.11"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "NOR"]
[Source "Mark Crowther"]
[SourceDate "2013.09.03"]

Part 2: Learn a new opening

Tue, 2013-08-27 10:24 -- IM Max Illingworth
[Event "Gausdal Classics GM"]
[Site "Gausdal"]
[Date "2001.04.19"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Solozhenkin, Evgeniy"]
[Black "Miezis, Normunds"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A52"]
[WhiteElo "2512"]
[BlackElo "2596"]
[Annotator "Illingworth,Max"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2001.04.15"]
[EventRounds "9"]
[EventCountry "NOR"]
[EventCategory "6"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.07.03"]

The 2013 Malaysian Open

Wed, 2013-08-21 19:57 -- IM Max Illingworth

The 2013 Malaysian Open

The Malaysian Open hasn’t received much attention due to the excitement of the World Cup (which I was following during my time in Malaysia), but we have good reason to be excited about the Malaysian Open too!


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