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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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Endgame Series - Part 6

Our endgame expert GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues to reveal the secrets of the final stage of the game. His present article features two types of passed pawns which occur quite often in practice - defended passed pawns and outside passed pawns. In general, such pawns are a long-term asset the value of which is not optimally used by the majority of the chess players.Being loyal to his systematic educational approach, GM Kuljasevic brings to your attention all the subtleties related to the play with such passed pawns. read more…
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Methods of Playing in Positions with Hanging Pawns - Part 1

This article, by the GM Grigor Grigorov, represents a new course that is fully dedicated to the analysis of the positions with hanging pawns. The fact that this type of pawn structure is extremely common for the modern practice makes it mandatory to know. Grunfeld defense, Nimzo-Indian Defense, Queens Indian Defense and Queens Gambit are just some of the openings in which the structure with hanging pawns can appear. Grandmaster Grigor Grigorov provides you with detailed explanations which make this article appropriate for the chess players of different levels. read more…
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Beat 1.e4 with the Dragon - Part 5

With this article, GM Nikolai Ninov ends the series on the Dragon variation. This time, he concentrates on the variations, in which White develops his light-squared bishop on “g2”. The article ends with an example where White develops his bishop on the usual square “c4”, but this move is followed by a short castle. With his common opening erudition and systematic approach, GM Ninov found an antidote against every single White’s idea. read more…
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How to Play Positions with Small Advantage

This article of the legendary GM Kiril Georgiev presents the beginning of the series of lectures dedicated to the way of thinking of the Grandmasters in practical games. In his introduction to the article, GM Kiril Georgiev focuses on the role of the engines in the development of the chess theory, pointing that the modern computer programs managed almost to equalize the difference between the opening knowledge among chess players. As he writes: “All the chess players (especially the young ones) invest great effort in the preparation for the games, which is why it became very difficult to gain advantage from the opening. Strong chess players more often outplay their opponents in equal positions, by creating them problems from the practical perspective that are harder to solve during the game. This is why the right playing of the positions with small advantage (or even equal) became one of the priorities. In this article, I would like to share with you some of the practical details, typical for this type of positions.” read more…
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Endgame Series - Part 5

In this issue, GM Davorin Kuljasevic continues his journey through the depths of the endgame. After looking into the most important theoretical aspects of the play against and with connected passed pawns, in the article of the 4th issue, now GM Kuljasevic focuses on the practical application of the theoretical concepts. The fact that the article is full of examples took from the modern Grandmasters’ practice, gives it a great value. In addition, the readers have the chance to test their learned lessons, when they try to solve the applied exercises. read more…
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