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Find The Right Plan Free

The Fide World Cup is one of the most exciting tournaments. Try to get into the shoes of some of the best players in the world. In the exercises below, you need to find the best plan. read more…

Become a Tactical Beast Free

In the exercises below, you will find 17 examples from the Fide World Cup. The tests are quite hard but very instructive, some of them were found by the players, but many were missed by the strongest players in the world. My advice is to think at least 3 minutes on each exercise. read more…

Endgame Challenge Free

Many interesting endgames were played in the Fide World Cup. I am presenting you 11 challenging position where your task is to find a cunning way to win or draw. read more…

Test Your Knowledge Free

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Methods of Playing against an Isolated Pawn Free

As our reader knows , in two articles, GM Viktor Gavrikov has explained in details all the typical ideas we can use when playing with an IQP.In the present issue, his student GM Grigor Grigorov focuses on the weak points of the isolani.In his article, he examines a lot of ideas which help us fight against the IQP.In his detailed explanations, GM Grigorov starts with the very basic ideas and goes to the modern way of playing against an isolated pawn. This is the reason why the article is useful not only for amateurs but also for experienced players. read more…

Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 3 Free

The new member of our team GM Nikolai Ninov continues the course concerning the Dragon variation in Sicilian defence. In his first article for Modern Chess Magazine, he concentrates on the positional plans connected where White plays 0-0 in different move orders. It is important to mention that GM Ninov explains the ideas and plans for both sides. This makes the article useful not only for players who play Dragon as Black but also for those of you who play this variation as White. read more…

Attack in Positions with an Isolated Pawn - Part 1 Free

Dear readers, In the present issue of "Modern Chess", we continue to examine the positions with "isolani". The first artcile of the course was designed to deal with three of the most important attacking possibilities in such positions - rook transfer to the kingside, knight sacrifice on "f7" square and pushing of the isolated pawn. In this article, I am going to bring to your attention another three fundamental attacking ideas for the side which plays with an isolated pawn - transition into symmetrical pawn structure, advance of the "f" pawn and advance of the "h" pawn. read more…

Endgame Series - Part 1 Free

Have you ever heard the saying "Strong players win their games mostly in the endgame"? Well, we must admit that it is true because the learning of the final phase of the game requires a lot of work and practice.Moreover, endgames are so complex, that an inexperienced player easily gets lost in the variety of information.That is why GM Davorin Kuljasevic comes up with his comprehensive endgame course.Regardless of your level, you have the chance to take a structured grandmaster education in the field of the endgame. read more…

Fighting for the initiative - Part 1 Free

Sometimes we are really astonished by the way in which top grandmasters calculate variations.Is it really all about calculation? Bulgarian grandmaster Boris Chatalbashev disagrees. In his course, concerning the initiative, he proves that we can often find the best move in complex position by boosting our intuition. After reading his first article, you will feel the razor thin balance between strategy and dynamics in modern chess. read more…

Rare Weapon against the Leningrad Dutch Free

Almost every 1.d4 player has encountered some problems facing the Leningrad system in Dutch defence.The complexity and the flexibility of the arising pawn structures make the Dutch one of the favourite openings of original players like Nakamura, Bartel and Malaniuk. Being an exclusively 1.d4 player, GM Grigor Grigorov shares with you the secrets of his repertoire against that dangerous variation. His system is based on 6.Nbd2 followed by 7.Re1 and e2-e4.Despite a rare choice, this line is completely sound from the positional point of view and often has a surprise value. read more…