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Fighting the Benoni: The Remarkable Nh5 Idea E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 15 February 2016 00:00

fighting benoniThe Indo-Benoni is one of the few aggressive options black has against the move 1.d4. It is an audacious defense that seeks counterplay and dynamism from the very start of the game. Nowadays it has disappeared almost completely from the top level.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 February 2016 09:56
3 Best Games of The Week - 27 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 00:00

3 best games of the weekFor this week we have chosen three sharp games played in the strong tournaments that have just finished in Gibraltar and Wijk aan Zee. We’ll start with the victory of the highest rated female player, Hou Yifan, against the Czech talent David Navara.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:04
The English Opening: A Solid Weapon for Attacking Players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

english openingBesides the common opening moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, white's most popular move is 1.c4, known as the English Opening. The English Opening is a perfect choice for aggressive players who prefer to play schemes and creative plans rather than memorizing heavy theory. Of course, there is a great deal of theory in the English Opening as well, but the character of the opening is a lot less forced.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:47
The London System On the Spotlight E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

london systemThe London System (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 10:35
10 Best Chess Games on King's Pawn Opening E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 12 February 2016 00:00

king's pawn openingKing's Pawn Opening is one of the most popular chess openings on all levels of competition. It is also one of the most statistically promising opening for white, where they win in about 54% of the games. In today's article we will analyze some of the best known games on 1.e4, played by masters such as Alapin, Chigorin, Lasker and so on. 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016 09:58
Top 10 Chess Habits to Drop Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00

10 habits to drop nowHabit is an unconditional behavior that is repeated regularly. A good habit can make your game, while a bad one can simply break it. That’s why it is very important to keep close watch on your habits, and make sure you reinforce good ones and get rid of the bad ones as quickly as possible. In today’s article we will analyze top 10 habits that every chess player should drop.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 09:47
Attacks on Diagonals E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

attacks on diagonalsWhen talking about minor pieces, we have noticed that many times there is a tendency to prefer either the knight or the bishop. In general, beginners like to play with the knights because of their ability to jump over pieces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:48
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