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Endgame Series 20 - Active Rook in the Endgame Free

This article deals with an extremely important endgame topic - rook activity. As every practician knows, endgames including rooks are extremely likely to happen in a practical game. In the introduction to this survey, GM Kuljasevic states: According to the statistics published by Mueller and Lamprecht in 2011, the most common type of endgame is exactly rook vs. rook endgame (8.45% in all games played), while endgames involving at least one rook appear in approximately 37% of all games played. So, when you sit at the board, there is more than one in three chance that you will play a rook endgame on that day! I do not think that we need to give further reasons why it is important to have a good understanding of rook’s capabilities in the endgame. read more…

French Structures - Closed Center Free

In this article, GM Mihail Marin deals with the closed French positions. The ability to play well in closed positions is crucial for everyone who aims at mastering the positional play. That is the reason why this survey is not limited to the French players. We believe that the explanations of Mihail Marin will contribute to your general chess understanding. read more…

Tactical Rook Endings Free

In the current article, Afek provides a number of interesting tactical rook endgames. Here is what the author presents the topic himself: Solving endgame studies is recommended by the world's leading trainers as the best method to improve one's creativity and endgame understanding as well as to polish one's tactical and calculative skills and to sense the full energy of the pieces. Let's take for example a frequent guest in chess practice - rook endings. They are often regarded as rather technical and lacking brilliance. At the same time they are the most common type of endings thus they require a certain amount of knowledge and not always of the most exciting nature. Nevertheless, Chess composition proves time and again that rook endings might appear, contrary to their image, highly tactical and even most enjoyable! The article consists of 4 annotated examples and 22 studies which are presented in the form of a test. In the Answers Section, you will find detailed annotations of the exercises. read more…

Understand the Najdorf Structures - Part 1 Free

In this article, the Brazilian IM Renato Quintillano starts dealing with the Najdorf Structures. In particular, the survey features the structures arising out of White's positional systems against the Najdorf. In this survey, IM Quintillano deals with 8 essential pawn structures. Each structure is presented in the following way: explanation of the structure, model game, test. read more…

Caro-Kann at the Olympiad - Opening Review Free

In this article, GM Boris Avrukh presents the latest developments in the currently topical Caro-Kann Defence. This survey is mainly based on the games played at the Chess Olympiad in Batumi this year. Of course, this article is not limited to the pure presentation of the games from Batumi. In a number of positions, GM Boris Avrukh comes up with new ideas which may be useful for you. read more…

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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…