Theory Thursday #120

For ages, a trap in the Benko Gambit was ignored. See for yourself how that changed in this week’s lesson “Ivanchuk Cures Mass Blindness.” »

When is the right time to give up?

Nobody has a clear recipe. It is generally accepted that one should show respect for their opponent and give up when the position is hopeless. But the actual definition of “hopeless” tends to be stretching dramatically. »

The Year Without Losses

Magnus Carlsen has gone an entire year without losing a classical game of chess! Well, it’s almost true, as his last loss was July 31st, 2018. Since his next classical game is in the Sinquefield Cup starting August 17th, we can start the celebrations early. »