I am the boss here, so I can make PR for whomever I want, even if they don’t pay me for it. Chess24 has just released a video series where Dorfman explains his famous “Method in Chess”!!!

There are people who learn from books and there are people who learn by listening. I knew Dorfman’s books, but listening to him put it on another level for me. The big difference is that he can put emphasis on points in his speech that he cannot do in written text.

Actually there is a funny point to it. Gustafsson did the presentation together with Dorfman and it seems to me that he learned something as well. I am curious about his next tournament. The thing is that such lessons stick in your memory, even if you are not aware of it, and you start to recognize patterns, if you want or not.

P.S.: In my opinion Part 6 is worth the price of the series alone.

Ranked 7th, finished 7th

The last game was nothing to write home about either. Conceptionally I find it rather weird to play 1…d5 if you have the Sicilian in your repertoire, but apparently he likes his d5-systems. The resulting variations lead to Slav/Caro Kann structures and should not suit a dynamic player at all though. Here is how such positions in the Oberliga between a veteran GM and a FM usually play out: Black gives up the bishop pair, white slowly impoves his pieces, gains space, creates a weakness, wins a pawn and converts.

With a performance of 2430 Keymer sadly showed once again that he is currently not underrated and that is exactly the problem. Now let’s assume he went for the Drawmeister (Qc2-Nimzo etc.) except against the unknown dude instead. It would/could/should have resulted in +1 against an average of 2588, which should be a 2600 performance. If his opponents play for a win and overpress, he could have scored even better. Tournament strategy is key!

Note: This is not some wiseguy comment from an armchair quarterback. There is a clear difference in going for dynamic imbalanced positions and keeping things under total control. Nobody prevented him from playing the Berlin and the Ragozin as recommended by Leela. Nobody prevented him from going for forced draws with white either. It was a concious decision to go for positions where the onus is on him to prove something.

Two more games

The first one is an uneventful draw against a 2573 GM which shows once more that the Najdorf is a negative freeroll for Keymer.

Finally he got his first win, against a 2401 FM whom I have never heard of before.

The wheels are coming off

Ok, one can argue that this game wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t great either. The next game was absolutely terrible though.

Losing in 26 moves with white in the Bd2-Bogo is pretty rare on this level. His white repertoire hasn’t been impressive so far.

Here is some insight on how they play against him. Ever since the game with Anand everybody knows that Keymer cannot play for kingside attacks. So they are picking openings with black where they get a queenside majority and it is up to him to prove something on the kingside. In order to stop this from becoming a regular theme he should switch to the Catalan. Learn a lesson from Meier.

On the bright side, if you can call it that with 0.5/4, let’s not forget that Keymer is a massive underdog. He is taking a lot of risk, but it’s the kind of risk that Kramnik took in his last tournament. Fire on the board is nice, but not if you only burn down your own position.

The struggles continue

After the disasterous tournament in Dortmund young prodige Vincent Keymer is back playing in the German Championship.

The next game was loss straight out of the opening. Fridman came up with a harmless looking setup that actually contains lots of poison if black continues with standard moves.

Judging from the result, something isn’t working. Judging from the moves, this suspicion gets confirmed. Positionally he seems to be surprisingly clueless and once it finally becomes tactical the position cannot be saved anymore. I can’t see world class talent, sorry.

Maybe it has something to do with his preparation. The positions that he is getting may not suit his style. Then Leko is the problem. Since Keymer can’t fire himself, I suggest to start with the trainer.

As expected…

Radjabov and Duda got elminated. If you follow the match strategy of a complete idiot, you can hardly expect to be successful.

Match Strategy

What do you do when a draw is sufficient and you have the Petroff in your repertoire? You play the Dragon of course!

On a sidenote: Vitiugov lost to Svidler as expected. At least it was a strong novelty, which they had most likely prepared together.


Since they obviously don’t want to play the regular games, why not allow them to skip everything and just play the tie-break?

Drawmeisters of the Day

It’s a knockout event, therefore match strategy does play a role.

Drawmeister of the Day

As you may have guessed already, I am a strong believer in the equality of outcome, otherwise I would not pay money to host this website. People like me are delighted whenever they can watch games like following. Reproducing 30 moves of computer theory is exactly what such events should be all about. It provides an incentive to kids all over the world to study hard and do their homework.


Play it safe!