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Surprising Your Opponents in the King's Indian E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 11 March 2016 00:00

kings indianIn this new age of chess where you need to keep an open mind towards the openings and be smart to sidestep your opponent's preparations, it is useful to be aware of every sideline in the most popular openings.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 March 2016 09:41
3 Most Common Opening Mistakes to Avoid E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 00:00

3 common opening mistakes to avoidEvery chess player knows how important the opening preparation is. A good opening knowledge can give you an advantage necessary to get a comfortable Middlegame as white or help to equalize as black. In today’s article we will talk about 3 most common opening preparation mistakes that you must avoid at all costs. Let’s get started.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 09:33
Fighting the Samisch E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 22 February 2016 00:00

samischThe Samisch variation, named after the German master Friedrich Samisch, is among the most popular replies against the King’s Indian. Usually, the second player has two important ideas in this opening.

One is to attack the center and put pressure on the square d4 and on the pawn on e4 and the other one is to launch an attack against white’s short castle.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2016 09:54
10 Best Chess Games on Ruy Lopez E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00

ruy lopez best games Ruy Lopez is one of the most common and classical chess openings. It starts with the following moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5. The main idea behind this opening for white is to compromise Black's pawn structure by exchanging off one of the bishops. For compensation black will keep the bishop pair. Ruy Lopez is a very well studied opening, with extensive amount of theory. Many lines are studied as deep as up to move 30. Today we will take a look at some of the most famous chess games played with Ruy Lopez. 

Last Updated on Friday, 19 February 2016 09:37
Typical Pawn Structures in the Caro Kann and French Defenses E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

french and karo pawn structures In this article we would like to show our readers a common pawn structure that often arises from the from different defenses against 1.e4 such as the Caro Kann, the Alekhine or the French. It can also arise from certain 1.d4 variations. The structure is the following.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2016 13:36
10 Best Chess Games on English Opening E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

EnglishEnglish is a very popular opening choice that starts off with 1.c4. It is considered to be a hypermodern opening where white initiates fight for the center immediately taking control of d5 square. In today’s article we will explore how great players of the past and present have treated English and learn the new ideas that can be used in our own games, even if we don’t start with 1.c4.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 March 2016 10:00
3 Best Games of The Week - 28 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 05 March 2016 00:00

best gamesThe first game that we chose for this week’s edition of the 3 best games is the win of the Chinese Grandmaster Lu Shanglei against the Bosnian legend Bojan Kurajica in the recently finished Cappelle la Grande Open. Having the white pieces, he got a nice edge out of the opening in the form of the development advantage. It’s interesting to watch how he keeps increasing the pressure to convert this small plus.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 March 2016 11:24
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