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8 Greatest Chess Games on Caro-Kann E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 01 April 2016 00:00

Caro-KannThe Caro-Kann defense is black's asymmetrical response to 1.e4. It is a very solid opening and it tends to yield quite and positional type of games. Straight from the opening black gets a superior pawn structure which may lead to a more favorable endgame. It is popular on both club and professional levels. Today we will review some of the greatest games played with Caro-Kann.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 April 2016 10:14
5 Best Chess Games on Catalan E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 00:00

catalanCatalan is an opening which combines Queen's gambit and Reti in one. Catalan was employed by many strong players including ex-world champions Vladimir Kramnik as well as Vishy Anand.  It is also popular on club level, and maybe a good opening choice for many. Here are some of the best games on Catalan Opening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 March 2016 08:46
3 Best Games of The Week - 30 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 27 March 2016 00:00

3 best games of the weekOur first game from this week's selection was played in the recently finished Aeroflot Open, one of the strongest open tournaments in the world. GM Vladimir Potkin defeated the young Chinese promise We Yi in a critical anti Grunfeld variation. White plays with his king in the center and at first sight it looks risky, but on a closer look it seems that it’s black who has to worry about his own king.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 March 2016 11:18
3 Best Games of The Week - 29 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 24 March 2016 00:00

3 best games of the weekFor this week’s edition we have chosen three attacking games that have a nice tactical finish. The first one was played by the American Grandmaster Gata Kamsy in Cappelle la Grande. He used his favorite weapon when playing with white, the London System.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2016 08:43
Pawn Structures and Attacks E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 28 March 2016 00:00

pawn structureOne of the main points of chess improvement is understanding the pawn structures that arise on each game. It is well known that the pawn structure is an indicator of where each side should play. However, sometimes things are not so determined; the position can have several other elements that demand action on a different direction.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2016 10:53
Learning from the World Champions: Robert Fischer on the Spanish Opening E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 25 March 2016 00:00

fischer-spanishA chess player needs to constantly keep looking for new ideas for his opening choices, for future games preparation or simply for the sake of improving. These new ideas are not always in the Super Elite tournaments but hidden in the past, in the history of our great world champions. In this article we are going to have an inside look at some of Bobby Fischer's games and his particular way of handling the Spanish Opening with the white pieces.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2016 10:46
King's Indian: Zvjaginsev's Idea Against 1...e5 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:00

kings indianVadim Zvjaginsev is a very well known Grandmaster from Russia. He has never been over 2700 or in the spotlight of big events but he's the kind of player that's always there, keeping a stable rating over 2600 for many years and producing interesting games in every tournament he plays. Zvjaginsev is well known for his endgame skills; a player of deep positional understanding and unique attacking qualities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 08:59
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