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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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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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