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Typical Tactical Ideas - Bishop Sacrifice on h6

The current article is designed to improve your attacking skills. More precisely, we are going to focus on the attack against the opponent's castle. As the reader probably remembers, In issue 9 of Modern Chess Magazine, GM Grigor Grigorov published an article concerning the bishop sacrifice on "h7". read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structure - Part 3

In this article, GM Mihail Marin continues dealing with the Grunfeld pawn structure. In his previous article, he examined the situations in which White create a central passed pawn by means of the d4-d5 advance. As always, GM Mihail Marin provides the reader with a deep understanding of the positions. All the strategical and tactical ideas are illustrated with examples taken from the practice of the world's best players. read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 12

True to his systematic approach to the endgame education, GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues his endgame series. This time he focuses on an extremely important topic - reserved pawn tempo in the pawn endgames. Here is what the author has to say about the reserved tempos: "There are certain situations in endgames, especially pawn endgames when a small pawn move decides the fate of the game. One of the main tenets of the classic endgame work by Shereshevski - "Endgame strategy", is "do not hurry". Apart from certain psychological aspects, this principle can be applied with regard to pushing pawns in the endgame. For example, in positions when we can push a pawn one or two squares forward Shereshevski recommends we "push it only one square, look around, then cautiously push it one more". While this is certainly a useful guideline that helps us adopt the right mentality in endgames, we will also see how important it can be in a practical sense." read more…
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King's Indian Structures - Black Releases the Tension in the Centre - Part 2

The current article of GM Arnaudov continues the investigation of the KID structures. In this issue, you will find the open center positions when Black takes on d4 and then play c7-c6, instead of Nc6 which was covered in the previous article. The main position of the survey arises after the moves: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 c6 read more…
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Alert Defense - Part 1

It happens to all of us. Sometimes we find ourselves in a position, where we understand: 'if I don't find something good here, I'll be in trouble for the rest of the game.' Or worse. Naturally, it would be best to avoid such situations in the first place, but as we aren't all prophylactic geniuses like Petrosian or Karpov, we should better deal with the problem. read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structures - Part 2

In the second article of his series on the Grunfeld structure, GM Mihail Marin starts dealing with different positions where White goes for the d4-d5 break. The arising complicated middlegame positions are extremely important for the understanding of the Grunfeld type of structure. read more…
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King's Indian Structures - Black Releases the Tension in the Centre - Part 1

GM Petar Arnaudov continues dealing with the subtleties of the KID structures. His current article marks the beginning of a three-part series concerning the positions in which Black releases the tension in the centre by playing ...exd4 at a certain point. In the first part of his study, the author deals exclusively with the positions when the move ...exd4 is followed by Nc6. read more…
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Practical Decision-Making - Part 2

In the second part of his series on Practical Decision-Making, GM Boris Chatalbashev continues examining situations in which it is much more important to find the most "unpleasant" move for the opponent instead of looking for the objectively strongest one. read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 11

In this part of his series dedicated to the endgame, GM Davorin Kuljasevic focuses on an extremely important topic - Mined and Correspondent squares. As the reader is going to learn from the article, these squares could be used not only in the pawn endgames. That is why it is highly important to understand the main techniques which could be applied in a variety of endgame positions. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Closed Centre - Part 2

The present material features the positions in which White could go for the advance f2-f4 (the structure is c4, d5 and e4 against c5, d6 and e5. This is very often the case in openings like King's Indian Defense, Classical Benoni and Ruy Lopez. After reading the article, you will know when to go for this pawn break and when to restrain from it. Moreover, GM Grigorov demonstrates Black's best reactions to White's idea. In the TEST SECTION, you will have the chance to apply all the basic principles related to the topic of the present article. read more…
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