Annotated chess games. Unless otherwise indicated, these have been annotated by John Lee Shaw for www.hotoffthechess.com. Such annotations may not be used elsewhere (in part or otherwise) without written permission.

Short vs Timman, Tilburg 1991

August 17, 2017

For this week’s annotated game, we look at Short vs Timman 1991. The game was played during the Interpolis Tournament, held in Tilburg, Holland. The game is an Alekhine’s Defence and sees Timman fianchetto his King’s bishop. This is never a decision that can be taken lightly, as this can […check it out!]

Adams vs Kasparov, Linares 2005

August 10, 2017

For our annotated game this week, we take a look at a game from one of the all-time-greats of chess, (if not ‘the’ great), Garry Kasparov. The game is taken from the 2005 Linares International. In round-twelve, Kasparov would play Michael Adams with the black pieces and this is our […check it out!]

Byrne vs Fischer, New York 1956

August 3, 2017

This week’s annotated game is a real gem. It was played between Bobby Fischer and Donald Byrne and if you have not yet seen it, you are in for a treat. The game took place at the Rosenwald Trophy in New York, way back in 1956. At the time, Fischer […check it out!]

Ivanchuk vs Jobava: 2010 Olympiad, Khanty-Mansiysk

July 28, 2017

Today I would like to bring you an annotated game that is proving very popular online. It is between two well known names in chess, Vassily Ivanchuk and Baadur Jobava. The game was played during the matchup between Ukraine and Georgia, during the 2010 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. Jobava, playing […check it out!]

Rapport vs Carlsen, Tata Steel 2017, Round 8.

February 9, 2017

We’re not going back very far at all for this week’s annotated game. It is taken from this year’s Tata Steel Chess Tournament. Round eight of the Masters group, saw World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, paired against Richard Rapport. It was their first ever meeting and to be fair, one which […check it out!]

A Couple of Wijk aan Zee Classics

January 12, 2017

Round one of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2017, begins in a couple of days time. To mark the occasion, I thought it would be rather nice to take a look back at last year’s tournament — you know, as if we needed any reminder of the kind of chess that […check it out!]

One From The Archives: M. Muzychuk vs Hou, 2015

March 3, 2016

This week, the FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship gets underway, in Lviv, Ukraine. The defending champion, Mariya Muzychuk of the Ukraine, takes on the challenge of Hou Yifan of China. The word ‘challenge’ is perhaps misleading, as Hou is the former Women’s World Chess Champion, and Muzychuk’s predecessor, who relinquished […check it out!]