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Typical Tactical Ideas - Methods of Defence Against the Bishop Sacrifice on h6

In the current article, GM Nikolay Ninov continues dealing with the bishop sacrifice on h6. The first article on that topic was dedicated to the attacking ideas in such positions. This time, the author concentrates on the resources of the defense. In the present material, GM Ninov examines two main defensive strategies: 1) defense based on accepting the sacrifice 2) defense bad on ignoring the sacrifice Each of these strategies includes a number of motifs and nuances which are dealt with in 16 annotated games. read more…
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Tactics Can Break Steal, but not Traditions GM John van der Wiel

In this article, GM John van der Wiel comes up with a highly original article about the tactical play. The material is based on games played by the author in different editions of the Wijk aan Zee tournament. In the introduction to the article, GM John van der Wiel shows his attitude to this traditional event. After making some interesting historical remarks, the author dives into the topic. At the beginning of the article, he provides the reader with 6 test positions. These positions are taken from the games which are annotated later in the article. Thinking over the test positions will help the reader to get a better feeling of the topic. read more…
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Endgame Series 13 - Domination in the Endgame

The current article is dedicated to the role of the king in complex endgame positions. Let's see how the author describes his material. A common motive in fairy tales and legends is an unlikely hero that no one expects to complete a certain difficult task, which he manages to do despite all odds. In chess, sometimes the most vulnerable piece - the king - picks up the slack and bravely leads its army to victory. In this issue of Endgame Series, we will see how famous Grandmasters have used their king to invade and overthrow their opponent's position. read more…
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Master the Grunfeld Structure - Part 4

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 White plays d4-d5 and e4-e5. read more…
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Alert Defence - Part 2

In this article, GM John van der Wiel continues dealing with the subtleties of the so-called Alert Defence. True to his approach, the author makes you actively participate in the educational process. In this way, it will be easier for you to apply the knowledge in your own games. read more…
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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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