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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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Endgame Series 16 - Strategies in Endgames with Same - Colored Bishops

In this article, GM Davorin Kuljasevic features one of the most important endgame topics - positions with same-colored bishops. In such kind of endings, the ability to find the right plan and the knowledge of the basic positional principles are much more important than calculation skills. read more…
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Typical Attacking Ideas - Learn How to Use the Dangerous f-Pawn

The push of the f-pawn deserves special attention for it is a popular option on the very first moves. It is characterizing the romantic King's gambit, besides it we have the Dutch Defence, the Austrian Attack against the Pirc, also the pretentiously sounding Grand-Prix attack. All of them can be described as a clear demonstration of aggressive intentions, based on its subsequent advance. Note that Magnus Carlsen has recently started some of his games with 1.f4! read more…
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You Don't Know? So, Dig Deeper!

In this article, GM John van der Wiel continues torturing his readers with complicated positions. Once again, he uses his favorite training format - game with questions. This highly interactive training method is a fantastic way to increase your practical strength. Nevertheless, we should warn you - this training is very intense and energy-consuming! read more…
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Methods of Playing in Benoni Structures

In this article, GM Mihail Marin starts dealing with one of his favorite pawn structures - Modern Benoni Structure. The article consists of 10 extensively annotated games which explain Black's most common ways to play on the queenside as well as White's possible antidotes. read more…
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Modern Approach to the Prophylactic Thinking

The concept of prophylaxis was first introduced by Aron Nimzowitsch in his renowned work My System. On the surface, prophylaxis appears to be a fairly straightforward notion: it refers to the art of stopping your opponent's threats, with an emphasis on positional threats and ideas. In this article, I will take your current understanding of prophylaxis and turn it on its head! read more…
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