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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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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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