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Magnus Calrsen is no doubt one of the most successful chess players that ever played the game. Many consider him to be one of the best players of all time... read more 

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13 Best Chess Games by Tigran Petrosian E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 27 February 2015 00:00

petrosianTigran Petrosian became the 9th World Chess Champion after defeating Mikhail Botvinnik in 1963 Match. He lost the title against Spassky in 1969. Petrosian was nicknamed "Iron Tigran" because of his unbreakable defensive style of playing. He was strongly influenced by Aron Nimzowitsch system, and especially the idea of prophylaxis. Any improving playing can learn a lot by closely observing his defensive technique.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 09:53
7 Basic Pawn Structures You Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

pawn structures to know As Philidor stated "pawns are the soul of chess". In this article we will explore the most fundamental pawn structures and learn about its properties. Deep understanding of pawn structures is something that separates masters from amateurs. Go through each of the position one-by-one, and you will be able to identify them in your own games, and know which pawn structures are favorable and which aren't

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 09:56
Fighting King's Indian Defense: The Saemisch Part 2 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 20 February 2015 00:00

king's indian defenseIn previous article WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos have explored the Saemisch variation of the King's Indian Defense, especially focusing on what happens after white take the pawn 7.dxc5. This article will concentrates its attention on a more popular variation 7.d5.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015 12:15
Solve 5 Tactics Problems and Win a Prize E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00

solve tactics and win prizeWe are excited to announce that we are holding a tactics solving contest for a chance to win a free access to 21 Days to Supercharge Your Chess Program. To enter the contest your need to solve all 5 tactics problems and comment with your solutions below. The 2 best solutions (correct notation, all lines analyzed, etc.) will get a free access to the training course.

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 February 2015 17:11
15 Must Know Opening Pawn Formations E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 23 February 2015 00:00

pawn formations The pawn structure is a factor that primarily decides how the game will progress. In order to play chess on high level, it is necessary to understand the fundamental pawn formations that arise from the openings.  GM Andrew Soltis has classified major pawn formations into 22 main categories depending on the opening played. In this article we will focus on 15 most fundamental formations that every chess players must know. This is a very condensed and straight to the point material, which is definitely worth analyzing.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 10:26
10 Best Games by Aron Nimzowitsch E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 19 February 2015 21:38

aron nimzowitsch best gamesAron Nimzowitsch is considered to be one of the most important chess players and writers in history of the game. Not only he was one of the strongest players from 1927 to 1931 (3rd strongest behind Alekhine and Capablanca), but also he influenced many great players with his work on positional chess. Among the ones who followed his system were Savielly Tartakower, Milan Vidmar, Richard Réti, Akiba Rubinstein, Bent Larsen and Tigran Petrosian.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 February 2015 20:43
Crushing King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Gambit E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 16 February 2015 00:00

KID In this article WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos cover in great detail the Saemisch variation of KID. This is one of one of the most important weapons that white can use against a very popular on all levels from club to super-GM King's Indian Defense. Ready to learn more?

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 10:37
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