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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…

Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 1 Free

Some players are really not confident when they face a well prepared 1.e4 player.It is quite often the case when it comes to the razor sharp Sicilian defence.Being aware of that problem, the Dragon expert IM Spas Kozhuharov decided to create a repertoire concerning his beloved opening variation. His first article deals with the main line, where white plays 9.Bc4 followed by 0-0-0.After reading the expert analysis of IM Kozhuharov, you will realise that the Dragon is not such a risky opening when we know it is positional basics. read more…

The Weakness of "c6" ("c3") Square in Positions with Open Center Free

Have you ever thought about the secrets of the Soviet chess school? What makes Russian chess players so powerful? No need to wonder anymore! The 1985 URSS champion GM Viktor Gavrikov is here to reveal the basics of the greatest chess school in the world. His first article concerns the positions with an open center and marks the beginning of a complete middlegame course which deals with all the basic pawn structures.Good structural knowledge will enhance your opening understanding. read more…

Modern Approach to the Prophylactic Thinking

The concept of prophylaxis was first introduced by Aron Nimzowitsch in his renowned work My System. On the surface, prophylaxis appears to be a fairly straightforward notion: it refers to the art of stopping your opponent's threats, with an emphasis on positional threats and ideas. In this article, I will take your current understanding of prophylaxis and turn it on its head! read more…
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