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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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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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