SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.”
TODAY’S TRAINING SESSION!
The problems below come from the games of Grandmaster Anton Kovalyov and the solutions can be found at :http://www.wtharvey.com/kovl.html The dot indicates who is to move and win. GOOD LUCK!
Kovaliov vs Saidali Iuldachev, Dresden, 2008
White Mates in 6. Kovaliov vs Miguel Babo, Figueira da Foz, 2008
Kovaliov vs Oleg Romanishin, Figueira da Foz, 2008
Kovaliov vs Ling Feng Ye, Montreal, 2009
Kovaliov vs Dale Haessel, Edmonton, 2009
Luis Rodi vs Kovaliov, Mar del Plata, 2006
Sergey Fedorchuk vs Kovaliov, Conegliano, 2008
Daniel Kazmaier vs Kovaliov, Calgary, 2009
Anton Kovalyov was born in Kharkov (Ukraine) on March 4, 1992 of parents of Russian descent. His family moved to Argentina in 2000 in search of a better life. It was in Buenos Aires that Anton discovered chess and his mother introduced him to the Argentine Chess Club when he was 10 years old.
He quickly showed talent for chess. At age 14 Anton achieved his first GM-norm, the youngest player ever to do so in Argentina. He quickly became GM. Anton is one of the strongest players of his generation, and in my opinion one of the great talents in chess in the past 50 years.
In the summer of 2007 his family moved to Montreal, Canada, where he has resided since. It is unfortunate that he made this move at just the time that corruption in Canadian chess had achieved its maximum. I have tried to obtain sponsorship for Anton in Montreal –and raised more than 10,000 dollars–but the CFC has refused to issue a tax receipt unless they get a chunk themselves. Today Anton refuses to have anything to do with the CFC and remains federated to the Argentine chess federation. In 2008 he played for the National Team of Argentina and will play board number 1 in 2010. He is currently the highest rated player living in Canada, and the highest rated player on the Argentine rating list.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS