Category : Goldchess

Goldchess Revolution

The Goldchess project is slowly apporoaching its biggest moment. To mark the birthday of Garry Kasparov, its Millionaire Open is scheduled to be played in April for the biggest prize fund in chess history (plus a Mercedes! See it here). Please consult the link for more information.

In the meantime the Goldchess team is publishing posts, articles and, of course, new everyday problems that you can solve for a quick cash. One of their latest posts used my own Level of Precision as a starting point to discuss the revolutionary approach the Goldchess idea promotes – how to still play chess and not depend on engines.

The idea is basically simple, it is as if you play against a weaker opponent and against him (or her) you can allow yourself moves that may not necessarily be objectively the best, but are undoubtedly beautiful and, if you are lucky, may win you the game in the fewest number of moves.

It is chess for fun and chess without pressure. And also chess for money. So perhaps not a bad combination.


Goldchess Millionaire Starts

The ground-breaking project Goldchess Millionaire started the inscription process for the event that will take place next year in April.

If you follow the link on the banner on the right you will see that there is an enormous amount of money (and a car!) involved. That much money has never been pumped in to chess, except for World Championship matches. Only this time the money will go to the people who play and win, not the elite. It’s obvious that Goldchess is trying to create history here.

The game is simple, but not easy. You are required to beat a weak engine in a previously determined way (like “deliver a mate with promoting a pawn to a knight”). The games are crazy and wild, the evaluations jump up and down, but they are supposed to be fun, not precise. The system is working, as there are already many people playing and winning prizes at Goldchess, you can also see some GMs and IMs here. Even without the Millionaire the prizes can be quite substantial, for example take a look at the winners.

Since the prize fund of the Millionaire is dependent to a certain extent on the number of participants, I think it is fair to give the idea a chance. It may as well change the lives of the winners for the better.

So take a look, explore the site, and if you feel like it, sign up for a chance to win big.


Goldchess Genius Test

The Genius Test is one of the many possible tournaments you can play on It starts on the 1st day of the month and you can submit your solutions for the duration of the whole month.

The following position turned out the be more difficult than what it may look like at first sight. The required solution was to win on move 53 with two queens on the board.



With so many misses, it is both easy and difficult to win. Easy, because titles and rating don’t matter and literally everybody can win; difficult, because you may not get it right immediately and it may require some time and effort. But the satisfaction from the win is great, especially if you have managed to be better than a lot of players from around the world!

I am quite curious how the planned Millionaire Tournament will work out. I think it deserves our support – after all, many have promised millions in chess, but for now only Goldchess seems on the path of actually fulfilling its promise.



Goldchess Millionaire Open

The expanding site Goldchess is on its way to make history.

Chess has never been able to attract too many players in one event, but Goldchess aims to change that. For next year they plan to have a massive, world-wide tournament with unbelieavable prizes.

Their plan is also to get the national Federations involved, with serious amounts of money foreseen as stimulus for their work.

The tournament will consist of 5 consecutive games and total duration of 1.5 hours. These will be spread over 3 days in April.

Even though the final prizes are yet to be determined, it is believed that the first two prizes will be in the region of hundreds of thousands of US dollars, while the next will be in the region of tens of thousands!

The CEO of Goldchess has this to say about the upcoming tournament: “But if million participants are really registered, I can tell you that the prizes for winning the games will be a lot higher, and in the final game there will be half a million dollars at stake! Now go and practice your chess skills!”

Players may enroll for the tournament starting from 23 September 2017 until 31March 2018 on the official site.


Goldchess Immortal

Goldchess Immortal Tournament poses a challenge to amateur and professional chess players from all over the world. It is a new tournament devised by the hard-working enthusiasts behind the Goldchess project, who keep on inventing new and exciting ways to keep you entertained.

The rules of the tournament can be found here. The good thing about it is that it is open 24h a day and anyone can participate.

As the CEO of Goldchess puts it: “The Goldchess time is coming. We are an absolute chess hit of world – Immortal Tournament, open 24 hours a day with prize pool $5000!”

And there is one winner already – Lukasz Luba from Poland. For winning the game below he won $500. Not bad at all.



For more information on the Goldchess tournaments check out their Hot News page here.

Make sure you take your place in the tournament because it will be closed during the summer period between 20 June and 23 July.


Goldchess $5000

In the update to my previous post about the Goldchess project I mentioned that this coming Saturday, 1 April, Goldchess will organise a massive event on their website with $5000 prize fund.
The Non-Stop tournament will offer big bucks, but as usual with big money, they don’t come easy. Expect very difficult problems, but since you will be playing against 1800-rated computer I am sure you will win often – just make sure you get the correct solution!
Karposh Open is also around the corner (also starting 1 April) and my good friend GM Jacek Stopa and I will organise a GC event during the tournament. The details will be posted in the playing hall, so this one will be only for the ones present.
Make sure you check their website for details and good luck!


Goldchess Comes to Karposh


The ever-increasing project of Goldchess is widening its horizons both east and west. One of the main activities it uses in the promotion of the puzzle-solving contest is organization of actual tournaments.

The latest news is that in March there will be a big Goldchess event in Mumbai. Being generous with its online prizes Goldchess is equally lavish for the prizes of the on-site tournaments.

Another place Goldchess will visit is Skopje. During the Karposh open (here is a list of participants) there will be a GC tournament in the playing hall on one of the mornings. The participants will be required to bring their own laptops and then should just do their best to solve the problems.

GM Jacek Stopa, a very good friend and one of the driving forces behind the success of Goldchess, made the following very instructive and useful video that clearly explains how the whole process of solving works. Take a look and see how easy it is to win money with GC!


UPD. On 1 April Goldchess will launch a massive Non-Stop tournament on their site with a prize fund of $5000. However, this time don’t expect easy money – they plan to make the problems extremely difficult! But sometimes difficulties inspire people, so who knows, maybe you manage to win big! In any case I wish everybody good luck!


GM Vidit Joins Goldchess

I occasionally write about Goldchess and its aim to become one of the most prominent chess sites on the web. The people behind it are serious in their endeavours and their latest addition only proves the fact.

GM Vidit, rated 2673 as of this February, is one of the young and promising Indian grandmasters, who together with Adhiban, Sethuraman and Harikrishna was part of the fantastic Indian team that finished 4th (shared, but with best tie-break) at the Baku Olympiad last year. He had the best score on the team (8/11) and in this year’s Wijk tournament he served as Anish Giri’s second.

Goldchess identified Vidit as a bright prospect who can help popularise the site in Asia and they made him a patron of the site. Recently Goldchess has been developing rapidly and truly is a chess site of the near future! Currently they are running the 5th edition of the Non-stop Weekly Tournament and you are welcome to take part in the future editions. Please take a look at their site for more information.
To conclude, I would like to show you one of Vidit’s games from the Olympiad. He started with 5/5 and the last win from that streak was against Arkadij Naiditsch (who represented Azerbaijan). The final theme of domination is very pretty.


Goldchess Take on Carlsen-Karjakin

What happens when a strong GM decides to have fun over a game of chess, letting his imagination roam free, possibly fuelled by a glass of French wine and fine English cheese?

Goldchess is the place to go when having such thoughts. As you already know, they offer various positions, often from famous games (here’s their take on Anand-Gelfand from 2012) and reward lavishly the best efforts.

What follows is a flight of imagination, I see a relaxed atmosphere in a friendly place, a game between good friends with a lot of laughter and a time well spent. Perhaps set in a Shakespearean Midsummer.

That’s what seeing games like the one below remind me of. That chess is not always the gruelling fight to win points and rating, the constant preparation and will to win. Chess can be relaxing and fun, stress-free and pleasant.

Playing white is the strong Polish GM Artur Jakubiec and he takes on Goldchess’s computer in a brutal tour de force. Take a look at the game and let yourself drift away.


Goldchess on Anand-Gelfand,WCh 2012

Often in my glorious past of heavy partying I would meet confident girls (I love those!) in bars or discotheques and after a few drinks the topic of chess would inevitably come up. Frequently I would get a “I will beat you easily,” or “We should play a game, I’m very good, I beat my sister once when we were 10” to which I would laugh and engage in teasing and further flirting.

Pleasant memories as they may be, these conversations made me think. People who do not have a precise idea what playing professional chess constitues think the game is easy to play and anybody can beat anybody. They are right on the former, playing the game is easy, playing it well is hard and difficult to achieve. They do not grasp the vastness of the gap that exists between professionals and amateurs or novices and the only way for them to understand it is to try and play a professional (in my case a few girls tried, but what followed next is for another type of blog).

Goldchess conducted a very interesting experiment that tried to show the difference between the professionals and the amateurs. To make it even more contrasting, they decided to take the games from the World Championship match between Anand and Gelfand from 2012 and give it to their readers to play out against their computer (rated around 1800). So what we got is the highest level of chess pitted against the level of the regular guy. Here are several examples of what happened:

What we saw here is that the computer really didn’t understand what was important in the position, while the human first improved on Gelfand’s play (impressive!) and then went to win, but not without a hiccup on move 33.

The match was very rich from a theoretical perspective. Several openings were tested, the Slav, the Grunfeld, the Nimzo and the Rossolimo Sicilian. Here’re a few examples from the Slav:

These games show that on the lower levels it is possible to win any kind of position, whether that be a completely symmetrical and equal or a dead-drawn endgame. The better player has a great chance of winning even there.

Amateurs (and not only they, I know a lot of GMs who do that constantly!) love to play for tricks. This is not a bad thing per se, bear in mind that once the great Victor Korchnoi accused Anand of playing “only for tricks!” Take a look at the following example which worked fabulously:

The Grunfeld was Gelfand’s main weapon against 1 d4 and it came as a surprise to Anand. It appeared on the board in the very first game of the match and Anand went for a sideline but it didn’t pose black any problems. Did our players manage to pose problems? Let’s have a look:

We can conclude that play is definitely more exciting when there are more errors. And this goes for every level, even the play of the strong GMs is more exciting and less good than the play of the world championship contenders. Goldchess brought the games of the best players to their readers and let them have fun with them. From what we saw, the plan worked perfectly.

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