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7 Most Important Defense Principles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 29 May 2015 00:05

defense principlesThe art of defense at chess is a very important and serious subject neglected by many amateur players. These players mostly focus on attacking chess, tactics and sacrifices. It is indeed important to know how to attack at chess, but it is equally important to understand how to play solid defense and get yourself out of hard positions. After reading today's article you will learn about seven most important principles of defense at chess, and hopefully will be able to apply those in your own games. 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015 09:32
10 Greatest Attacking Games of All Time E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

greatest attacking chessAttacking chess is something that draws spectators and make their heart stop when a master sacrifices a piece to launch a devastating assault. Attacking chess is something that wins straight from the middlegame avoiding the endgame whatsoever. It is indeed not easy to become a great attacking player and only the select few deserve this title. In today's article we will review some of the best attacking games played by Siegbert Tarrasch, Alexander Alekhine, Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov and so on. We can definitely learn a lot from these examples!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 09:23
Counter-Attacking in Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Setup E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:21

sicilianThe Sicilian defense is probably the most dynamic response against 1.e4. The philosophy of this opening is not just to achieve a position with equal chances, but to fight for the initiative from the very start of the game. In this article, we are going to examine the positions arising from the sharp Najdorf/ Scheveningen variations, (they can also arise from the Taimanov/Kan variations as well).

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 09:50
7 Most Important Endgame Principles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

endgame principlesMany chess players focus their attention primarily on the opening and the middlegame. Little do they know, that endgame is something that can bring their chess to the next level.  Because endgame involves far less pieces than opening or middlegame, it is a phase of the game that can be mastered by a player of pretty much any skill level. Today we will learn seven most important principles of endgame that all chess player should know.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:48
What is New in Theory? (April - May 2015) E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 00:00

new in chessOur columnist offers a glimpse of updates from ChessPublishing.com on recent trends in openings-Ed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 22:48
Weak Squares: How to Convert Positional Advantage E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:00

weak squares - positional advantageBy pushing the pawns, weak squares are inevitably being created in our position. It is very important to know how to correctly use and even create them in your opponent’s camp in order to win the game. Before moving further, we will first define what a weak square is – it is a square that can no longer be protected by any pawn.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:10
Backward Pawn: 5 Things to Remember E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

backward pawnOne of the very important elements of strategic play is understanding of the basic pawn structures and the plans that can be used in each type of position. Having previously discussed most of the pawn formations that can appear during a game, we are now moving on to another concept – the backward pawn.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:16
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