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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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“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


Counter-Attacking in Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Setup E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 24 May 2015 20:21

sicilianThe Sicilian defense is probably the most dynamic response against 1.e4. The philosophy of this opening is not just to achieve a position with equal chances, but to fight for the initiative from the very start of the game. In this article, we are going to examine the positions arising from the sharp Najdorf/ Scheveningen variations, (they can also arise from the Taimanov/Kan variations as well).

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2015 09:50
Weak Squares: How to Convert Positional Advantage E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 23 May 2015 00:00

weak squares - positional advantageBy pushing the pawns, weak squares are inevitably being created in our position. It is very important to know how to correctly use and even create them in your opponent’s camp in order to win the game. Before moving further, we will first define what a weak square is – it is a square that can no longer be protected by any pawn.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 May 2015 09:10
Backward Pawn: 5 Things to Remember E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

backward pawnOne of the very important elements of strategic play is understanding of the basic pawn structures and the plans that can be used in each type of position. Having previously discussed most of the pawn formations that can appear during a game, we are now moving on to another concept – the backward pawn.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 09:16
3 Best Games of the Week - 8 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

kramnik For this edition of the 3 best games, we have selected two games played in the strong Russian team championship and the surprise win of the Italian IM Nicola Altini over the top GM Maxime Vachier Lagrave.

The first game shows some very sharp play in the Adams Attack of the Najdorf Variation.

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 May 2015 12:28
7 Most Important Endgame Principles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 22 May 2015 00:00

endgame principlesMany chess players focus their attention primarily on the opening and the middlegame. Little do they know, that endgame is something that can bring their chess to the next level.  Because endgame involves far less pieces than opening or middlegame, it is a phase of the game that can be mastered by a player of pretty much any skill level. Today we will learn seven most important principles of endgame that all chess player should know.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 May 2015 08:48
7 Most Important Middlegame Principles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00

7 most important middlegame principles Most chess players have a general idea of how to play the opening.  However they have problems understanding the middle-game strategies because it is not very straightforward and does not have simple "opening idea" of developing pieces, putting king to safety, etc. After reading this article you will learn seven most important principles of the middle-game.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 May 2015 08:56
7 Most Important Opening Principles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 15 May 2015 00:00

most important opening principlesMany chess players get in trouble in the openings because they are not familiar with general opening principles. These players may know the opening lines that they usually play, but if something goes differently they get confused and in danger to get inferior position and even lose the game. The goal of this article is to remind you of these seven very important opening principles that every chess player must know.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015 09:06
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