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Endgame Series - Part 6

Our endgame expert GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues to reveal the secrets of the final stage of the game. His present article features two types of passed pawns which occur quite often in practice - defended passed pawns and outside passed pawns. In general, such pawns are a long-term asset the value of which is not optimally used by the majority of the chess players.Being loyal to his systematic educational approach, GM Kuljasevic brings to your attention all the subtleties related to the play with such passed pawns. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Hanging Pawns - Part 1

This article, by the GM Grigor Grigorov, represents a new course that is fully dedicated to the analysis of the positions with hanging pawns. The fact that this type of pawn structure is extremely common for the modern practice makes it mandatory to know. Grunfeld defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, Queens Indian Defense and Queens Gambit are just some of the openings in which the structure with hanging pawns can appear. Grandmaster Grigor Grigorov provides you with detailed explanations which make this article appropriate for the chess players of different levels. read more…
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Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 5

With this article, GM Nikolai Ninov ends the series on the Dragon variation. This time, he concentrates on the variations, in which White develops his light-squared bishop on “g2”. The article ends with an example where White develops his bishop on the usual square “c4”, but this move is followed by a short castle. With his common opening erudition and systematic approach, GM Ninov found an antidote against every single White’s idea. read more…
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How to Play Positions with Small Advantage

This article of the legendary GM Kiril Georgiev presents the beginning of the series of lectures dedicated to the way of thinking of the Grandmasters in practical games. In his introduction to the article, GM Kiril Georgiev focuses on the role of the engines in the development of the chess theory, pointing that the modern computer programs managed almost to equalize the difference between the opening knowledge among chess players. As he writes: “All the chess players (especially the young ones) invest great effort in the preparation for the games, which is why it became very difficult to gain advantage from the opening. Strong chess players more often outplay their opponents in equal positions, by creating them problems from the practical perspective that are harder to solve during the game. This is why the right playing of the positions with small advantage (or even equal) became one of the priorities. In this article, I would like to share with you some of the practical details, typical for this type of positions.” read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 5

In this issue, GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues his journey through the depths of the endgame. After looking into the most important theoretical aspects of the play against and with connected passed pawns, in the article of the 4th issue, now GM Kuljasevic focuses on the practical application of the theoretical concepts. The fact that the article is full of examples took from the modern Grandmasters’ practice, gives it a great value. In addition, the readers have the chance to test their learned lessons, when they try to solve the applied exercises. read more…
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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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