Weekly chess studies # 13 – Mihail Croitor study

Weekly chess studies #13:

Mihail Croitor study

A nice little endgame study which requires a lot of precise calculation. Excellent for exercise:

White to play and win

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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Weekly chess study #9 – Hermanis Mattison study solution


White to play and draw


This is one of the easier studies featured on this blog, but is still somewhat tricky and instructive.

White’s only drawing path is:

1. hxg5!+ Kh5 2 g6! fxg6 (only try for a win) 

3 f5! gxf5  4 Kg1! 

Not 4 Kg2 Kg4! and Black has the opposition.

4… Kg5 5 Kf1! 

And Black can’t win.

It is instructive to see other first moves by White, that lead to a loss:

A) 1 fxg5? Kh5! 2 g6 fxg6

B) 1 Kg2? gxh4 2 Kf3 Kh5

Weekly chess study #9 – Hermanis Mattison study


Latvia has blessed us with multiple chess magicians. The name of Mikhail Tal is well known, but Hermanis Mattison‘s name also deserves some recognition.

Because if Tal was magician in chess playing domain, then Mattison is surely a magician in chess composition domain.

This week’s study is probably the easiest so far. It is a Mattison’s cute little pawn endgame problem:

White to play and draw

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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