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French Structures - Closed Center

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…
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Tactical Rook Endings

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…
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Understand the Najdorf Structures - Part 1

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…
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Caro-Kann at the Olympiad - Opening Review

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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The Power of the Quiet Moves

In general, chess is a more tactical game where a clean and short calculation of moves is the most important skill from my point of view. But often, there are situations when a straight-line play doesn't lead to a goal where the usual patterns do not work, and the chess player must look more for quiet and subtle moves in order to implement his plans or neutralize the opponent's plans. Based on my personal experience - very often the unexpected and quiet moves with the king (as well as knights moves back) in the middlegame fall out of sight! read more…
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Endgames Series 19 - Opposite-colored bishops: Part 2

In Part 1, GM Kuljasevic laid down the groundwork for a discussion of opposite-colored bishops endgames. In the current article, he examines somewhat more complex examples of such endgames. In order to understand the complicated endings which are dealt with in this issue, you can make use of the basic guidelines that were listed in the previous issue. read more…
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Brilliant Missed Opportunities - Overlooking Perpetual Check

Move repetition is a common fashion of positional draw, preventing the stronger side from converting his material or evident positional advantage. Perpetual check is a particular case of a positional draw. The enemy king is chased by repeating checks from which he can find no hiding. read more…
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Understand the French Isolani

In this article, GM Mihail Marin deals with an extremely important pawn structure - French Isolani. It is important to mention that this structure is by far not limited to the French Defence. The French Isolani can be reached out of different openings such as Queen's Gambit Accepted, Queen's Gambit Declined, Petroff Defence, and so on. Indeed, in the abovementioned openings, we reach this pawn structure with reversed colors. read more…
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Typical Structures after 1.d4 d5

In this article, the Brazilian IM Renato Quintillano deals with some of the most important structures which arise after 1.d4 d5. In particular, he deals with the following openings: Tarrasch Defense, Semi-Tarrasch Defense, Chigorin Defense, Albin Counter-Gambit, and Baltic Defense. read more…
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Typical Anti-Sicilian Structures

In this article, I am going to provide you with an overview of the structures arising from the so-called Moscow Variation in Sicilian Defence (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+). In the database Moscow Variation against the Sicilian - Complete Repertoire against 2...d6 I examined the theoretical subtleties of this line. Within the framework of the present article, I cover 6 structures which are typical for this variation. When dealing with a given structure I follow a simple logic: Explanation of typical plans and ideas Extensively annotated model game read more…
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