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Uncompromised King's Indian: Plans with c6 and Na6 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

kidThe King's Indian defense is not everyone's cup of tea. The closed positions that arise from this opening, the large space advantage given to white voluntarily and the race of attacks on opposite wings are elements difficult to dominate. However, the truth is that it is a fantastic defense and a very useful resource to have it ready in your arsenal.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 08:53
 
3 Best Games of The Week - 32 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:00

wei-yiThis is an incredible game by the young Chinese star.

Although the sacrifices are all typical in the sharp Najdorf with 6.Bg5, it is still nice to see them played in an over the board game.

Black simply chose the wrong variation to play against Wei Yi and lost in the most painful way.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:08
 
The Importance of Creating Outposts E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 25 April 2016 00:00

importance-of-outpostsA very important concept to understand and dominate very well is the concept of “outpost”. Every player who wishes to improve his level must recognize the outposts in the position right away and of course make the best to exploit this element to his advantage.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 10:36
 
7 Greatest Games on Sicilian Dragon E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 21 April 2016 22:58

dragonDragon Variation is one of the most popular and important lines in the Sicilian defense. It is also considered to be one of the sharpest and most aggressive openings. This opening was played by many great chess players including Bird, Pillsbury, Paulsen, Kasparov, Topalov and many more. This is also a must know for any club player opening with 1.e4. In today's article we will take at some of the great games played with Dragon.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 April 2016 08:55
 
The French Defense According to Topalov E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

french-defenseThe French Defense has always had a reputation of being a rock solid choice against 1.e4, leading very often to closed positions full of central pawns in which both sides have a very clear game plan. Black attacks the base of the pawn chain on the queen-side or undermines the most advanced pawn (e5) by playing f6.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:02
 
3 Best Games of The Week - 31 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 23 April 2016 10:12

KaryakinFor this week's edition of 3 best games we have selected three games played in the recently finished Candidates Tournament won by the Russian GM Karjakin.

Nakamura was unlucky in the tournament of not getting a better result.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 April 2016 10:14
 
The Czech Benoni: Explained E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 00:00

benoniThe so-called Czech Benoni Defense is one of the weapons black can use to fight 1.d4. This defense is suitable for those looking to get their opponents into a closed, strategical position with chances for all three results. In this Czech Benoni the second player is not looking for a “sound position” close to equality, but aiming to fight for the initiative and avoid the well-known paths of modern theory in all other defenses.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 08:37
 
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