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KID Manual - Understand the Botvinnik Structure

GM Petar Arnaudov continues his journey through the labyrinths of the King's Indian structures. This time, he deals with the extremely important Botvinnik structure which arises when White meets the f7-f5 by means of exf5. The knowledge of this typical position is fundamental for your understanding of the King's Indian Defence. Usually, in response to exf5, Black has a variety of options - he could take with a pawn, with a knight or with a bishop. Within the framework of the current material, GM Arnaudov explains the strategical and tactical advantages and drawbacks of these options. His analysis will not only contribute to your understanding of the King's Indian Defence but at the same time, they will increase your general chess understanding. read more…
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Practical Decision - Making - Part 1

GM Boris Chatalbashev starts new series of articles - Practical Decision - Making. Despite the fact that to a certain extent, chess is a science, one should be aware of the fact that the practical aspects of the game tend to prevail. Here is what GM Chatalbashev says about the current topic: "How top players deal with such situations? Well, generally if they feel a certain move to be the best one - they make it no matter what. But in many positions there is no absolutely best move - the engines might evaluate even 4 or 5 moves the same. In such situations, a good GM tries to understand which is the best practical decision, which moves poses most problems (both chess-like and psychological) . And it is a universal approach - one should try to make it tough for the opponent in every position - better, equal, worse or even lost. Sometimes a player might favor such a practical decision, even in cases when he realizes that a certain move is objectively suspicious. So there is some risk involved, but he hopes it might pay off. In this article, however, I shall deal only with cases when the players find the best practical chances, make everything possible to confuse the opponent - but their moves are correct, they have just taken the best practical decisions!" read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 10

This article of GM Davorin Kuljasevic features one of the most important endgame concepts - the Zugzwang. What makes this concept so fundamental is the fact that it could be applied in all kinds of endings. As always, GM Kuljasevic follows an extremely systematic approach of presenting the material - starting from the most basic positions, he reaches some really complicated cases of Zugzwang. As in all the other articles, also at the end of this article, there are is a TEST section when the reader could practice. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Closed Centre - Part 1

As a chess trainer, I have understood that the closed positions are something like a nightmare for inexperienced chess players. The reason is rather simple - in such kind of positions, the ability to create the right plan is much more important than the calculation of concrete variations. In order to find the right plan, however, we need a lot of knowledge and experience. That is why everyone who wants to progress in the field of chess should spend a considerable amount of time on studying closed positions. read more…
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Typical Tactical Ideas in the Middlegame - Bishop Sacrifice on "h7"

Our first article features one of the most important middlegame combinations - bishop sacrifice on "h7". Before we start dealing with this topic, I would like to mention that I have worked on this subject in contribution with my trainer GM Viktor Gavrikov who passed away in April this year. read more…
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Method of Fighting for an Open File

Dear Readers of "Modern chess", In the following article, I will explain one of the main strategical weapons that each chess player should have in his "strategical repertoire" - How to fight for an open file and how to exploit it after you win it. The examples will give you the full overview of the ways of fighting for an open file and what to do next. read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 9

This article features one of the most important concepts in the pawn endgames - the opposition. After reading it, the reader will know even the most complicated types of opposition, namely: : distant opposition, diagonal opposition, side opposition, and knight opposition. read more…
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Methods of Playing with Semi - Hanging Pawns

In the current issue, GM Grigor Grigorov continues to examine the positions with semi - hanging pawns. As his previous article featered the main ideas we need to know when playing against semi - hanging pawns, the present article shows the reader how to use the attacking potential of such pawns. It's interesting to mention that in order to explain his topic, the author is dealing with the positions arising from the so-called Semi - Tarasch Defense. That's why besides the middlegame perspective, this article will be useful for everyone who plays 1.d4. read more…
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Attacking the King

Attacking the king has always been a challenging task, when it comes to executing it all in the right way. Everyone of us has suffered painful defeats because of his lack of understanding concerning the general attacking ideas. People are inclined to believe that the ability to calculate long variations makes them good attacking players. Nevertheless, when organizing an attack we are obliged to take into consideration a number of positional factors. In other words, every successfull attack must have a solid positional background. In the current article, IM Valeri Lilov is going to provide you with some basic concepts you need to follow when executing an attack against the enemy's king. read more…
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