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3 Best Games of the Week

For this week we have chosen a Slav Defense, an English opening and a Kings Indian defense with 7...Na6. They all have in common very lively play with fancy attacks... read more 

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Chess Problem # 9 (NEW)

The 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing was held early this year by WFCC. In the two-mover section as many... Read more

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It’s Your Move #16

“I can’t see you saving this game,” said the player with Black. “I’m a rook up already, and I’m going to get a second queen for good measure.” Read More

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The Bishop Pair: 5 Things to Know E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

bishop pairIn modern chess, the bishop pair has been established as a positional advantage in the majority of cases. It’s very common nowadays to hear teachers tell their students 'keep your bishops' or 'capture that bishop'. In today’s chess, the importance given to this element has increased to the point that in some of the most popular opening variations, the main goal has become gaining the bishop pair.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 11:07
 
How Many Hours Per Day to Work on Chess - According to GM Shipov E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 21 December 2014 15:32

how many hours to work on chess per dayHow many hours per day you do you need to spend on training chess? That's a pretty common question that chess players are asking day and night. Is there a magic number of hours you need to invest on daily basis to become a FIDE master or a Grandmaster?

Is it the same for all chess players? You can get an answer on these questions straight from the GM Sergey Shipov (2662 peak elo).

Last Updated on Monday, 22 December 2014 09:58
 
Protected Passed Pawn E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

protected passed pawnProtected passed pawn is one of the strongest structures in the pawn endgame. Not only does it threaten promotion but also it cannot be captured by the opponent’s king since it is protected by another pawn.

Protected passer gives a huge positional advantage in the king and pawn endgame, because it restricts opponent king’s movement, and allows your own king to gain space and activity.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 10:58
 
10 Most Common Flaws Chess Players Have E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00

chess flawsPreviously we have talked about the most common problems that adult chess players are facing when they are trying to improve their game. Today we will explore this topic a little deeper. We will talk about the most common flaws that chess players of different strength levels have.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 10:09
 
Beating the Najdorf Sicilian: Common Middlegame Structures E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

najdorfIn today's article WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos conclude the detailed discussion of Sicilian Najdorf. We will focus on the most common middlegame structures that arise in the Sicilian Defense. In order to be proficient in this opening and be able to play it on the high level you need to be familiar with these structures.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:33
 
ChessBase Magazine # 162 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

chessabase1ChessBase Magazine is the flagship of ChessBase and released every two months.

Our columnist offers review of a recent issue-Ed.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:00
 
Beating the Najdorf Sicilian - The Karpov's System: Part 2 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00

najdorf-part2Today WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos continue their discussion on beating the Najdorf Sicilian for white. Previously, we have looked at 10…Nbd7 variation. This time we are focusing on what happens if black responds with 10…b5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:16
 
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