Getting ready for “hedgehog” structure breakthrough: Martinez – Semjonovs, rapid chess

Mikhail Tal blitz chess memorial, Riga, 2019
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Getting ready for hedgehog structure breakthrough: GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara – NM Ilja Semjonovs, Tal memorial rapid
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Blitz chess (also known as speed or fast chess) is a type of chess in which each player is given less time to consider their moves than normal tournament time controls allow. Openings, tactics and strategy are same.

The Hedgehog is a pawn formation in chess adopted usually by Black that can arise from several openings. Black exchanges his pawn on c5 for White’s pawn on d4, and then places pawns on squares a6, b6, d6, and e6. These pawns form a row of “spines” behind which Black develops his forces. Typically, the bishops are placed on b7 and e7, knights on d7 and f6, queen on c7, and rooks on c8 and e8 (or c8 and d8). Although Black’s position is cramped, it has great latent energy, which may be released if Black is able to play …b5 or …d5 at some point. These pawn breaks are particularly effective because White usually places his own pawns on c4 and e4 (the Maróczy Bind).

Tournament organized with support of Coca-Cola company, Rietumu Bank, Tolmets, Latvijas Balzams.


  1. Draw with two extra pawns ??? Damn…Stop chess dude

  2. Great videos! I like rapid matches. More of thats! 🙂 Thank you for uploads!

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