U.S. Junior Championship / Liu vs Troff / Rnd 5

by National Life Master Loal Davis Bovey Liu vs Kayden Troff   There was a game that really caught my eye in the 5th round of the U.S. Junior Championship between Bovey Liu vs Kayden Troff.  Before getting into that game (Diagram Above), I’d like to share a position from a … Continue reading

5th Norway Chess 2017 / Round 8

by National Life Master Loal Davis Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Magnus Carlsen were tied for last place yesterday.  Today they both won their games.  Maxime forcibly downed Vladimir Kramnik – no mean feat. [Event “5th Norway Chess 2017”][Site “?”][Date “2017.06.15”][Round “8”][White “Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (FRA)”][Black “Kramnik, Vladimir (RUS)”][Result “1-0”][PlyCount “95”][EventDate “2017.06.10”][SourceDate “2017.06.15”]1. e4 … Continue reading

Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2017 / A “Short” Sparkler

by National Life Master Loal Davis  Malmö, Sweden10 – 14 May 20176 Rounds – 5 Player Round RobinRate of play: 90 minutes in 40 moves + 50 minutes in 20 moves + 15 minutes all moves + 30 seconds for each move starting from move 1Schedule : * CET (UTC/GMT +2)10.05 2017 – Round  01  – 14:0011.05 2017 – Round  02  – 14:0012.05 2017 – Round … Continue reading

Boris Spassky – And – The Englishes

by National Life Master Loal Davis Boris Spassky The “English” is used as the name of an Opening – and also the name of a Defense.  One of the most brilliant players is history, and of course a World Champion, dismantles the “English” then plays the “English”.  “USSR versus The World”“Belgrade – 1970”White … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 7 / Final

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages from official site (Link Below)  Levon Aronian wins the GRENKE Chess Classic for 2017 by a point and a half as every game this round was drawn.  Such was the fighting spirit in each and every game that I have included all four draws here (below). … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 6

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  Well – That’s it.  Levon Aronian wins with Grenke Chess Classic for 2017 with a round to spare.  After this current sixth round he is one and a half points in the lead.  One round to go.  Levon played creatively throughout. … Continue reading

GRENKE Chess Classic 2017 / Round 5

by National Life Master Loal DavisImages courtesy of Derrick Bartotto  Levon Aronian Aronian takes the tournament lead by a full point.  In the following game there may be opposite colored Bishops, but the two extra Pawns turns out to be too much.[Event “GRENKE Chess Classic 2017”][Site “?”][Date “2017.04.20”][Round “5”][White “Aronian, Levon”][Black “Naiditsch, … Continue reading