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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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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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