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Endgame Study #13 (NEW)

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 Endgame Study #13

Chess Problem #10

I stumbled on the following position by chance while I was researching material for an article. It was the name of the composer... Read more


It’s Your Move #17

You are playing against Magnus Carlsen in the Blitz Championship. He has drifted into a lost position with some careless play. Read More


5 Pieces of Advice to Succeed at Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 06 May 2016 00:00

pieces-adviceMany chess players are facing the same problems that prevent them from improving their game. Many don’t know when and how to start, who to learn from, what to do and what to avoid. Some even think that there is a magic pill that can help you to gain 500 ELO points in no time, with literally no work necessary. Does this kind of magic chess pill truly exist? Let’s find out.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2016 08:36
Attacking Patterns: the Fianchetto's Castle E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

attacking-the-fianchettoIn this article we continue our series of attacking patterns by having a look at the most common ways of attacking our opponent's castle when he has a played a fianchetto. The idea is to learn the standard means of launching your attack.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:34
Uncompromised King's Indian: Plans with c6 and Na6 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

kidThe King's Indian defense is not everyone's cup of tea. The closed positions that arise from this opening, the large space advantage given to white voluntarily and the race of attacks on opposite wings are elements difficult to dominate. However, the truth is that it is a fantastic defense and a very useful resource to have it ready in your arsenal.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 May 2016 08:53
7 Greatest Games on Semi-Slav E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 29 April 2016 00:00

semi-slavThe Semi-Slav is one of the most popular variations of Queen's Gambit Declined. It can be reached by various different move orders. Black builds a solid pawn triangle c6-d5-e6 and prepares to open up his troubled light squared bishop playing e5. White's job is to prevent that, keeping control of the center. Many great games were played with Semi-Slav. In this article we will explore and learn from some of them.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2016 09:45
What is New in Theory? E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:00

What is New in Theory?

Our columnist offers a glimpse of developments in theory from ChessPublishing.com.

Don’t miss the analysis of the decisive encounters from the Candidates’2016-Ed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:34
3 Best Games of The Week - 32 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 01 May 2016 00:00

wei-yiThis is an incredible game by the young Chinese star.

Although the sacrifices are all typical in the sharp Najdorf with 6.Bg5, it is still nice to see them played in an over the board game.

Black simply chose the wrong variation to play against Wei Yi and lost in the most painful way.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 May 2016 09:08
The French Defense According to Topalov E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

french-defenseThe French Defense has always had a reputation of being a rock solid choice against 1.e4, leading very often to closed positions full of central pawns in which both sides have a very clear game plan. Black attacks the base of the pawn chain on the queen-side or undermines the most advanced pawn (e5) by playing f6.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 09:02
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