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The Secrets of the Practical Endings

Chess technique has two basic components: knowledge of theoretical positions and understanding of the fundamental endgame principles. Chess literature is rich in information concerning the theoretical positions. On the other hand, the process of learning the basic endgame principles is much more difficult because it requires a huge amount of practical experience.In this line of thoughts, the present article of GM Boris Chatalbashev is highly useful for everyone who wants to improve his endgame play. Moreover, in his annotations, GM Chatalbashev illustrates the way in which grandmasters think when facing a practical endgame situation. read more…
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GM Repertoire against the Sicilian Defence - Alapin Variation - Part 3

In his first two articles dedicated to the Alapin variation, GM Petar Arnaudov has concentrated himself on Blacks most popular options on move 2 - 2...d5 and 2...Nf6. His present article deals with some rare lines Black can choose. Even though White keeps an edge practically everywhere, some of these lines seem to be very tricky and a lot of precision is required.This article marks the end of the repertoire we propose against the Sicilian. read more…
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Endgames Series - Part 4

In this issue, GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues to examine the role of the passers in the endgame.This time, he focuses on the connected passed pawns.Every chess player is afraid of the power of these pawns, but not everyone can use their potential. In his article, GM Kuljasevic not only shows you the strong and the weak points of the connected passed pawns but at the same time he gives a highly useful practical advice. read more…
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Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 4

In this issue, GM Ninov continues with our analysis concerning the extremely exciting Dragon variation in Sicilian defence. This time, he is going to deal with some rare continuations that White can choose on move six. The fact that these lines are not so popular doesn't make them less dangerous, but GM Ninov manages to explain in details how to handle the arising positions. read more…
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Attack in Positions with an Isolated Pawn - Part 2

In this article, GM Viktor Gavrikov goes further in explaining all the subtleties you must know about one of the most important middlegame positions in chess. In the present article, he brings ti your attention another three extremely important attacking ideas which we can use when playing with an "isolani": 1) transition into a symmetrical pawn structure 2) advance of the "f" pawn 3) advance of the "h" pawn GM Viktor Gavrikov provides the reader with extremely detailed explanations which are so typical for the Soviet chess school. read more…
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GM Repertoire against the Sicilian - Alapin variation - Part 2

In the second part of his article, GM Petar Arnaudov proves that Alapin variation ( 2.c3 ) is a very dangerous weapon, even when it comes to the one of the most popular options for black, namely 2...Nf6. The repertoire proposed by GM Arnaudov is not only easy to learn and understand but at the same time, it is an extremely sound opening choice and could be played on regular basis. read more…
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Endgames Series - Part 3

Passed pawns are one of the most important factors in chess. As you probably know, their importance is considerably bigger in the final stage of the game. In his second article concerning the passed pawns, GM Davorin Kuljasevic starts examining the concept of "electric pawns". The reader can find some methods which allow him to find the best move in the endgame without any calculations, making use of some interesting geometric motifs. read more…
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The Importance of the Initiative in the Endgame

In this issue GM Boris Chatalbashev finishes his course dedicated to the initiative in chess. His last article on this topic concerns the importance of the initiative in the endgame. His explanations will persuade you that there is nothing more important than the activity in the endgame. read more…
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Endgames Series - Part 2

In the second part of “Endgame Series” GM Davorin Kuljasevic explains an importance of pawns in endgames through interesting examples from both classical and modern Grandmaster practice. Start with the impersonation of the famous movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer”, go through the classical theoretical positions from 70’s and 80’s and find out how Polish GM Bartel used impeccable endgame technique to defeat World #28 Navara. And, of course, make sure to “Test Yourself” at the end of the article. read more…
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How to Exploit the Initiative in the Middlegame

GM Boris Chatalbashev continues analyzing the initiative in different stages of the chess game. In this issue, he pays attention to the initiative in the middlegame and suggests how to find the best move in complex middlegame positions relying on chess logic. He subtly explains how to let go of the “materialistic mindset” in chess and rather look for dynamic solutions that pose, sometimes insurmountable, practical problems to the opponent. read more…
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