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GM Repertoire against Sicilian Defense - Alapin Variation - Part 1

I am launching a new rubric for the 1.e4 fans – full repertoire for White pieces. The first article features Alapin Variation of Sicilian Defense. One of Black’s main answers 2…d5 is analyzed in-depth with a plenty of fresh examples from grandmaster's practice. You will find a good mix of important forced lines and typical ideas, plans and motifs. read more…
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Dragon Variation - Part 2

Those of You who prefer more aggressive and attacking style of play will enjoy the second part of Dragon Variation in Sicilian Defence. IM Spas Kozhuharov prepared a sharp and double-edged repertoire for Black pieces against the main lines 9. 0-0-0 and 9. g4. In addition to presenting typical attacking ideas, Kozhuharov proves that certain lines are unjustifiably neglected by the mainstream theory by analyzing improvements that contain a lot of venoms. read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structures - Part 1

Despite its obvious association with the Grunfeld Defence, this structure could be reached from a variety of openings - Semi-Tarasch Defence, Queen's Indian Defence, Queen's Gambit Declined, etc. That is the reason why the knowledge of this type of positions is essential for everyone who wants to progress in chess. read more…
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Late Benoni Against 1.d4 - Part 2

In Issue 6, we continue our journey along the subtleties of the Late Benoni. After presenting the main line in his previous article, now GM Chatalbashev deals with the possible transpositions to KID and Modern Benoni.Just like in his first article about Late Benoni, GM Chatalbashev continues to explore the opening from a practical point of view. That is the reason why you will be able to successfully apply your knowledge immediately after reading his articles. read more…
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Late Benoni Against 1.d4 - Part 1

Everyone that studies chess seriously knows that building a reliable repertoire against 1.d4 is a long-term process. Unfortunately, the majority of the chess lovers do not have enough time to dedicate to this meticulous and hard work. Here, comes to help GM Chatalbashev. In the following three issues, he will share with our readers his main weapon that served him loyally during his long chess career – the so-called Late Benoni. The good news is that in this opening, the plans and strategical nuances are much more important than the concrete moves. The articles on this opening are structured in the following way: Theoretical part that includes the explanation of the main ideas, move orders and plans; and model games that illustrate in practice the theoretical part. read more…
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Fight the Evans in a Modern Way

Despite the fact that nowadays computers managed to refute a huge amount of gambits, there are still some inventions of the old masters that continue to cause us nightmares. As a typical example, we can take the extremely dangerous Evans gambit.The popularity of this opening among top players is a clear testimonial of the complexity of this opening. Fortunately, our new author GM Vladimir Georgiev shares with you his own repertoire against the Evans. The main position of the article arises after the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb4 5.c3 Ba5!. From this point, GM Georgiev starts examining Whites different options.His article is rich of original new ideas which could not be found in the existing chess literature.After reading it, you will never fear Evans anymore. read more…
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Catalan at the Candidates

Even though the Candidates' tournament took place in Berlin, the most popular opening was... the Catalan! Common sense requires organizing the next edition in Barcelona so that the players could feel free to play the Berlin Ruy Lopez. But leaving joke aside, following my databases on the Catalan opening, I have made an overview of how the Candidates treated it during this historic tournament. I have mainly focused on the games which are relevant to our repertoire but made shorter comments on all the other games as well. read more…
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