Chessentials featured Sundays #3 – Sten Boban


The hero of the Featured Sundays #3 is a young Croatian player and my close personal… acquitance.. mr. Sten Boban.

His style is very prophylactic and he is known as the “Croatian Petrosian”, or more often “Croatian Tiger” (the second nickname is used more often by the female population).

Some malicious people that include the author of these lines often compare his style with the football of Mourinho teams.

But naturally, such comparisons are unjust, because already Reti and the other hypermodernists realized the strength of not crossing the 3rd rank with your pawns or pieces prematurely.

Boban is adherent follower of their teaching.

Boban in action wondering what is the rook doing on h7 so early in the game

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Chessentials featured Sundays #2 – Vjekoslav Nemec


In this edition of the Chessentials featured Sunday, I will be brave enough to put one of my own games.

This weekend I have participated in a team rapid event in which the best team qualifies for the Croatian Cup final.

The event was held as a 5 round Swiss, and the game we are going to see was played in round four.

It was a crucial round for determining the final outcome, since we have played with our direct rivals.

It goes without saying that I was extremely nervous. Still, initially I displayed some decent chess and managed to outplay my opponent. A 2150 rated player.

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Chessentials featured Sundays #1 – Henrik Ginderskov

In our first chessentials featured Sunday, we analyze a game submitted by the reader under the name of Henrik Ginderskov.

Apparently, after the game, he went on to delete everything related to chess from his web browsers and computer, so I think we can safely assume he was slightly dissapointed with the outcome.

Luckily for us, he returned the websites and felt free enough to share his thoughts about the game. I have added my own analysis of the game as well here. His comments are denoted with HG, and mine with VN. Also, all exclamation and question marks are his own.

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