Stalemate!

by GM Yuri Solodovnichenko

Yuri Solodovnichenko

Upon his return from the 8th Banja Luka International tournament, GM Yuri Solodovnichenko sent us this cute game where his imagination helped him save tough position. The game was played at the 1999 Poland Grand Prix. Yuri is rated close to 2600 and is currently playing for chess clubs SF Gerresheim (Germany), Echiquier Niortais (France) and Escacs Figueres (Spain).

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The coaches

IM Kalin Karakehajov – who successfully tested the Chessdom training system in the last few months with the youth champions of Bulgaria. Kalin is coaching 11 of 18 Bulgarian junior champions in different age groups.

IM Miodrag Perunovic – popular instructor with 120 students on online chess communities ICC, Playchess and WorldChessLive (former WCN)

IM Martha Fierro – one of the few women to achieve the men’s IM title, Martha is a famous instructor and head of chess schools in Ecuador and Perudia, Italy.

Kalin Karakehayov

IM Kalin Karakehayov
(ELO 2443)

Martha Fierro 2

WGM Martha Fierro
(ELO 2339)

Miodrag Perunovic square 3

IM Miodrag Perunovic
(ELO 2407)

Cascade of Sacrifices

by IM Miodrag Perunovic

Miodrag Perunovic square 2

As experienced teacher and site pro on former WorldChessNetwork, and now on WorldChessLive, IM Miodrag Perunovic has joined the Chessdom Online Chess Academy. He also wrote series of theoretical articles on Dragon Sicilian for “Chess Chronicle”. Drop us an email if you are interested in taking lessons from IM Perunovic.

Cascade of Sacrifices

This Caro-Kann line was very popular for almost 20 years… Karpov, Anand, Bareev and many others used to play this variation with Black pieces in the past. Why? Position is pretty solid, with healthy pawn structure and in most of lines game will be drawish. Practical results are also good for Black.

In short, White has to play very good to earn significant edge in this slightly better position. But this game will show you some important and amazing ideas which White have found lately! I decided to present you a game, played at the 2005 Russian Championship, between Landa and Shaposhnikov. Enjoy!