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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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Late Benoni against 1.d4 - Part 3

As I mentioned in my previous articles, one of the ideas to play Late Benoni is that quite often the opponent is not able to use all the theoretical lines in his repertoire against King's Indian or Modern Benoni. In our system, the main line is far from King's Indian theory and the most dangerous lines against Modern Benoni - early f4 with Bb5+ and Bf4 with e3 are not possible here. read more…
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Sicilian Structures - Part 2. How to Fight for the Weak d5-Square

The present material features Sicilian structures in which White tries to occupy the weakened d5-square by a piece. In this structure, both sides are trying to control with as much pieces as possible the critical "d5" square. The understanding of this positions is highly important for everyone who wants to build a reliable repertoire against the Sicilian Defence. read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 7

Very often, we lose our endgame battles just because of the fact that we do not use our king in the best possible way. That is why in this part of his Endgame Series, GM Davorin Kuljasevic focuses on the role of the king in the endgame. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Hanging Pawns - Part 2

In his previous article on that topic, GM Grigor Grigorov has examined all the basic ideas we can use in our fight against hanging pawns. In the present material, he looks at this structure from a different angle. This time, GM Grigorov deals with the possible ways of playing with hanging pawns.The fact that every single idea is explained in great detail makes the article extremely useful not only for experts but also for every club player who wants to improve his positional play. read more…
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Sicilian Structures - Part 1

In chess, there are is no opening which is as popular, complex and rich as the Sicilian defence. Due to the endless amount of possibilities for both sides, a lot of players face difficulties when preparing this opening. According to the Russian Chess School, before starting to explore a given opening, we should first learn to handle the arising pawn structures. While lines and sub-lines change over time, pawn structures remain stable.The author of the present article GM Viktor Gavrikov is convinced that this structural approach to the opening is the only possible way to study the Sicilian defence.In his first article, he examines one of the most popular Sicilian structures which occurs in variations where, at some point, Black plays the move e7-e5. More precisely, GM Gavrikov focuses on the structure arising after the exchange on "d5" where this square is occupied by a white pawn.After reading the present article, you will have a better understanding on a number of Sicilian lines. read more…
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