In this video, I talk about the World Rapid and Blitz Championships, how I use recent events to mine for opening ideas/developments, and how I use engines to test new ideas.

My chess hero. Vladimir Kramnik came out of retirement for the event, so even though I was in bed with a cold, I had my laptop on a bed table and was glued to the games anyway!

Vladimir Kramnik comes out of retirement for World Blitz 2019.

Once a legend, always a legend.

Although Kramnik was off to a rough start, he started absolutely hammering strong guys later and finished in 3rd place.

An amazing result for the veteran.


One opening that I realized was being played in the event, was an old favorites in the French Defense.

The line occurs after 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qa4 *

White will target the white kingside where he has space, and which was slightly weakened by the trade of the dark squared bishop.

Black will target the vulnerable white queenside pawns.

Play is usually very interesting, and makes for fascinating games whether between humans or computers.

Maybe you would like to take up this line? Why not?

Watch the video above and tell em what you think.