14th World Champion Alexander Khalifman present
Position of the day
Black to move and win.
Black to move and win.


Amazing and usual Dortmund.

It is not so easy to write of the event, which was covered well by the media. Certainly the most professional comments were made by chess experts on http://www.worldchessrating.ru/

But many of chess players, who don't know all the ins and outs of Sveshnikov Variation, couldn't understand many things.

How it happened that the grandmasters from elite could win against each other? How a victory comes in super-tournaments? It was Dortmund to answer these questions.

The first thing and the most important one is that the players are very well prepared in openings. Now, when there is a possibility to use computers, the opening variations are getting longer and finish in middlegame when the position is just clear.

It was strongly exemplified in Leko's games. It seems there are no variations he doesn't know in his openings down to the 25th move.

The second phase is a permanent keeping of tactics tension during the game. The sort of games where Botvinnik had got a weakness on c6 and pressed it all the game is in the mists of time now. None of the strong players lets such a situation nowadays. Of course, they play many strategically valuable games now. For instance there were some good games in this tournament: Leko - Adams and Gelfand - Lutz. But the game is generally based on nuance in these games. All the continuations are full of the tactics. Once one of the players breaks guard he is knocked out - Topalov - Lutz.

And the third phase is iron nerves. Or else your game can become a lost labour. Dortmund instantiated it very well. Only terrible exertion can be a reason of those absurd vital errors made by elite chessplayers. Nobody of them could avoid such errors. But Morozevich was the most unlucky. The unbelievable endings of his games against Adams and Bareev not only put paid to his hopes but hit his nervous system. We hope Alexander will stand the proof and we'll have the possibility to gay at his brilliant games and successes in the future.

Yes, chess is a hard work! But if you are strong, if you are talented just go ahead! You need only to work hard, to have some assiduity and good teachers. And who knows? Perhaps one day they will write about you too. By the way, our school will help you with teachers and teaching.

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