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Master the Hedgehog Structure

Knowing how to play the Hedgehog System is a useful tool for every player. English opening, Nimzo-Indian, Anti Benoni, Queen's Indian Defense and Rossolimo Sicilian are among the popular openings which might lead to a Hedgehog pawn structure. That is why it is likely that you might be able to play this system more than once. read more…
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Knight Sacrifice on "d5" in Hedgehog Type of Positions

In this article, GM Nikolai Ninov continues his investigations of the knight sacrifice on the d5-square. This time, he demonstrates how the powerful knight sacrifice can be used in Hedgehog positions. In this article, you will find a number of typical combinations and tactical motifs. read more…
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Endgame Series - 15

In this article, we will look at the flip-side of this topic; namely, the instances when conceding mobility to your opponent plays a decisive role in the game. The examples you will see often contain a "human" element; in other words, one or both of the players will make a mistake in the assessment of the activity of opponent's piece(s). You will realize that this is a moot point even for strong players as virtually all games I am about to show are from grandmaster practice. read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structures - Restrained Center

This pawn structure is very characteristic not only for the Gruenfeld Defence but also it can arise in different variations of the Slav Defence. This is why studying this pawn structure will improve your general chess understanding. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Carlsbad Structure - Part 1

In the current article GM Grigor Grigorov starts dealing with one of the most popular and important pawn structures - Carlsbad. In the current article, he analyzes one of the most popular plans for White - the so-called "Minority attack" He analyzes all White's ideas, but also positional and dynamical ideas for Black against that plan. As always at the end of the article you can find a Test Section. read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structures - Part 5

In this article, GM Mihail Marin continues dealing with the subtleties of the Grunfeld middlegames. This time, he explains the subtleties of the structures where Black Attack's White's center by Means of e7-e5 read more…
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The Art of Analysis

In the current article, the legend of Dutch chess GM John van der Wiel introduces you with the method of analysis openings or middle game positions without computer's help. The author provides you with a Theoretical overview of the variation and with 4 critical questions. He gives you the opportunity to try to analyze the arising positions on your own. At the end of the article, you can find his own analyses and compare with yours. read more…
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Crisis Along The Big Diagonal

In the current article, GM Nikolay Ninov examines another sort of attack against the short-castled king and the vulnerable g7-pawn in particular - with the same bishop fianchettoed on b2 in connection with a powerful knight sacrifice Nc3-d5. He provides you with 12 illustrative examples and 5 exercises. read more…
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Endgame Series - 14

In the current article, GM Kuljasevic starts with a topic that is not related to the endgame exclusively but becomes increasingly significant as fewer and fewer pieces are left on the board. When the material is reduced, limiting the mobility of opponent's piece(s) can be a decisive factor in a game. Restriction of opponent's pieces can come in many forms, some of which we will discuss in this issue. We begin with the ways we reduce king's mobility. We will look at three different ways to limit king's movement: shouldering, cornering, and cutting off. Then we will move on to instructive examples of limiting the mobility of other pieces. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Closed Centre

This article features Black's ideas in positions with a closed center. True to his educational approach, in the introduction, he gives the conceptual framework we need to understand the article. In the annotated games, the reader could find the practical application of the theoretical concepts. At the end of the article, the author provides you with a TEST section where you could see if your understanding is sufficient. read more…
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