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Brilliant Missing Opportunities

Stalemates are less seen over the board in practice. This might be the reason that it is so often associated with the most amazing blunders at all levels. Unusual oversights by top grandmasters and world champions are no exception. The appearance of such a paradox over the board is so unlikely that overlooking an upcoming stalemate defense by the opponent or even missing their stalemating option to save a desperate position is not uncommon. read more…
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Endgame series 18

In this article, GM Davorin Kuljasevic deals with the subtleties of the endgames with opposite-colored bishops. The article consists of 5 extensively annotated games and 5 interactive test positions. After reading this material, you will get familiar with all the basic principles in this kind of endings. read more…
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Defence in Practical Games

In his first article for Modern Chess, GM Pavel Eljanov examined one of the most underestimated topics in chess literature – The Defense in Practical Games The Ukrainian GM reveals some of his secrets which helps him to be among the best players in the world. The article contains 5 deeply annotated examples from GM Eljanov’s practice and 22 test positions. Before each example, you will have a chance to step into the GM’s shoes and interactively test your defensive skills. You can follow your progress in My Results section. read more…
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Benoni Strategy - Piece Play

In the previous articles, we have mainly focused on both sides' pawn play. While pieces were also an important part of the process, they mainly acted in accordance with the concrete requirements of the structural modifications. Time has come to talk about the optimal piece trajectories in static positions, where pawns offer only the immobile background for piece play. read more…
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Endgame Series 17 - Strategies in Endgames with Same - Colored Bishops - Part 2

In this article, GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues dealing with the subtleties of the endings with same-colored bishops. While in the previous issue he mostly looked at positions with fairly simple pawn structures (long pawn chains, symmetrical pawn structures, no passed pawns, etc.), this time, his article features imbalanced pawn structures. The current article deals with five practical examples with same-colored bishops and imbalanced pawn structures. Based on his analysis of these examples, at the end of the article, the author tries to draw some common conclusions for this type of endgame. read more…
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Benoni Structures - White is Going for a Central Strategy

In this article, GM Marin deals with White's main idea in Benoni type of positions - playing in the center. White's central play can be executed by means of the thematic e4-e5 advance. In the article, GM Marin explains all the pros and cons of such an attempt read more…
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You Don't Know? So, Dig Deeper! - Part 3

Are you confident when you enter a sharp and wild position? Do you trust your calculations? If your answer to these questions is negative, let GM John van der Wiel guide you. In his current article, once again, he throws the reader into a jungle of endless sharp variations. Traditionally, he uses his favorite training format - a game with questions. At a certain point, the game is paused and you are asked to make complicated calculations. As the author says himself, you should dig as deep as possible in order to find the answer. And this is not the worse...Using a computer is not allowed (at least not advisable). read more…
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Typical Attacking Ideas - Attack the Weakest Point

So far, GM Ninov has written several articles dedicated to various methods of attacking the short-castled king. Sacrifices on practically every square in front of it have been examined. His latest article practically combines multiple attacking ideas which were dealt with in the previous materials. The ability to spot and attack the weakest point around the king of your opponent is crucial. In the present article, GM Ninov analyzes in depth three attacking masterpieces which illustrate the main topic. read more…
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Brilliant Missed Opportunities - Missed Mating Ideas

In the current issue, IM Afek starts an amazing series of articles - Brilliant Missed Opportunities. This is a course which is designed to improve your calculation skills. Here is how the author has to say about this project: Tactics, calculative skills and out of the box thinking may be trained in various ways. We will try to do it by a series of training sets of exercises displaying creative continuations which were simply missed over the board in real time and found in the post-mortem. read more…
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Master the French Structures

This article is a follow-up to Renier's theoretical database Positional Repertoire against the French in which he suggests the variation with 3.Nd2. In the current article, the author shows some typical ways of playing in different scenarios that can arise from this line. read more…
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