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Farewell, Viktor

Dear readers, Unfortunately, we must inform you about a tragedy that happened at the end of April. On 27 April, after being in a coma for more than a week, passed away our author GM Viktor Gavrikov. This is a big loss not only for the Modern Chess community, but also for the entire chess world. Before publishing Viktor’s last article, I would like to throw some light on his personality.

Attack In Positions With An Isolated Pawn

Dear chess friends, this article marks the beginning of a training course designed to acquaint the readers of the magazine "Modern Chess" with one of the most important type of positions in middlegame - isolated pawn. The importance of this topic is related to the fact that it can arise from a huge number of openings. Several examples are Queen’s Gambit, Slav Defense, Tarrasch Defense, New Indian Defense, Nimzowitsch Defense, Sicilian Defense and many other openings. Therefore, good knowledge of these positions is necessary for any chess player, regardless of his repertoire.

Fighting for the initiative - Part 1

Generally whatever opening you choose you must develop your pieces as fast as possible, trying also to control the center. Then in the middlegame you try to impose on your opponent the plan you have chosen. And possibly that your pieces become active enough so they dominate the board. To do this one must strive for the initiative. This is the first stage, later you bulid up on this, creating a domination or direct attack against the king.

Endgame series - Part 1

Dear reader, Welcome to the wonderful world of endgames! In this series, we will talk about the final part of a chess game – the endgame. But before we go any deeper into our topic, let us determine why knowing endgames is essential for every chess player.

How To Play Against Isolated Queen's Pawn - Lessons From Russian Chess School

To begin, I would say that it's impossible to become strong chess player, without deep understanding on IQP! The importance of this topic is related to the fact that IQP can arise from a huge number of openings. Several examples are Queen's Gambit, Slav Defense, Tarrasch Defense, Queen's Indian Defense, Sicilian Defense and many other openings. Therefore, good knowledge of these positions is necessary for any chess player, regardless of his repertoire.