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 Endgame Study #12

Chess Problem # 9

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


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


Typical Sacrifices in the Sicilian: The Knight Sacrifice on f5 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 30 August 2015 21:34

typical sacrifices in sicilianContinuing our series of typical sacrifices, today we are going to discuss another very important and usual idea in the Sicilian Defense. Much like its brother, the piece sacrifice on d5, giving up the knight on f5 has more or less the same ideas and outcomes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 September 2015 08:34
King's Indian Defense: Dealing with the Bayonet Attack (9.b4) E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00

king's indian defenseThe diagram shows the starting position of the so-called Bayonet Attack against the King's Indian Defense. For many years, this move 9.b4 has been considered the main line and possibly black's biggest problem in the whole Mar del Plata variation.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 09:03
3 Student's Games Annotated by IM Renier Castellanos E-mail
Written by IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

student gamesIn today's article IM Renier Castallanos will analyze 3 tournament games played by one of our students Rebuen Salimu (1960 FIDE). He has successfully completed both our 21 Days to Supercharge Your Chess: The Complete Training Program and Dominate Rook Endgames with GM Alexander Ipatov significantly improving his game. He wants to take his chess even further and that's why it is crucial to know what else needs to be improved in this stage.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:46
Typical Sacrifices in Sicilian: The Piece Sacrifice on d5 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 24 August 2015 00:00

sacrifice sicilianThe Sicilian Defence is known as one of the most aggressive openings. There are many forced lines that both sides usually need to know by heart and it’s not unusual to see black’s king left in the center. In most of the lines, both sides are eyeing the enemy king and tactical blows are very common.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 August 2015 09:49
7 Most Important Middlegame Sacrifices That Win Games E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

middlegame sacrificesA good sacrifice is something that can completely change the evaluation of the position. It can save the game when you're in trouble, or it can help you win when the positions are nearly equal. Most amateur chess players are afraid to sacrifice pieces because they don't feel confident and don't want to take any risks. Today we will discuss seven most common and important sacrifices that a player of any level should keep in mind. 

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 09:16
14 Openings Every Chess Player Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

14 openings you must know In today's article we will take a look at the 14 most important chess openings that chess players of all levels must know how to play. Many of the examples discussed here were used by the strongest players or the past and present to win world championship matches and 22nd category tournaments. That doesn't mean however that you have to be Kasparov to play the Queen's Gambit, or Kramnik to play the Catalan. By following through the examples you will be able to play these openings well, regardless of your current level.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:54
Fighting Against the Caro Kann Defense with 4.h4!? E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

caro-kannThe Caro Kann Defense is well known for being a solid defense against white's 1.e4. For many years, it had a reputation of being a passive opening, suitable for a player who is happy playing for a draw. Nothing more distant from the truth!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 09:32
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