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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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Exchange Sacrifice

This article features one of the most important themes in chess. When we start to play chess, we learn that the rook is more valuable than minor pieces, but this is not the case every time. There are many positions in which Bishops and Knights are much more useful. That's why we should consider the fact that the strentgh of the pieces is relative. In the current article, GM Vladimir Georgiev explains a number of typical situations in which you should consider sacrificing an exchange. Once you master this aspect of the game, you will improve your dynamical understanding and of course, you will improve your level. read more…
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English Hedgehog Pawn Structure - Tactical and Strategical Ideas

The subject of this article is one of the most important and subtle structures - English Hedgehog. The English Hedgehog is very complex and difficult to play opening, for both sides. In the arising positions, it is important not to memorize long forced variations, but to be aware of the nuances, tactical and strategical opportunities. Positions are closed and maneuvering and usually the side who better understands the pawn structure wins the game. We are convinced that after studying this pawn structure, you will start understanding chess better. read more…
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Endgame series - 8

In his next part of the Endgame Series, GM Davorin Kuljasevic deals with two extremely important endgame concepts - Key squares and Opposition. Despite the fact that almost every chess player is aware of these ideas, in practice, even strong players make mistakes. GM Kuljasevic explains the subtleties of these endings in a way that will not allow you to forget them. As our readers already know, in his articles, the theoretical knowledge is always connected with the practical aspects of the game. read more…
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Strong Knight against Bad Bishop in the Endgame. ( Viktor Gavrikov's last article )

In this article, GM Viktor Gavrikov deals with one of the most difficult endgame positions - knight against bishop.The current article features the positions in which the knight is stronger than the bishop. After reading the explanations of Viktor Gavrikov, the reader will be familiar with all the typical ideas which allow us to use the superiority of the knight. read more…
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Methods of Playing against Semi - Hanging Pawns

This article features one of the most important middlegame positions - Semi - Hanging Pawns. This is an isolated pawn couple c3 - d4 (c6-d5 for Black) which very often arises when in a position with an isolated queen's pawn when there are is an exchange on "c3" ( "c6" respectively). In this article, the reader will learn all the typical methods of playing against such pawns. read more…
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