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Endgame Study #12

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 Endgame Study #12

Chess Problem #10 (NEW)

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


The English Opening: A Solid Weapon for Attacking Players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 00:00

english openingBesides the common opening moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, white's most popular move is 1.c4, known as the English Opening. The English Opening is a perfect choice for aggressive players who prefer to play schemes and creative plans rather than memorizing heavy theory. Of course, there is a great deal of theory in the English Opening as well, but the character of the opening is a lot less forced.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 09:47
Top 10 Chess Habits to Drop Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 08 February 2016 00:00

10 habits to drop nowHabit is an unconditional behavior that is repeated regularly. A good habit can make your game, while a bad one can simply break it. That’s why it is very important to keep close watch on your habits, and make sure you reinforce good ones and get rid of the bad ones as quickly as possible. In today’s article we will analyze top 10 habits that every chess player should drop.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 09:47
Attacks on Diagonals E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

attacks on diagonalsWhen talking about minor pieces, we have noticed that many times there is a tendency to prefer either the knight or the bishop. In general, beginners like to play with the knights because of their ability to jump over pieces.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:48
The Stonewall Pawn Structure E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 01 February 2016 00:00

stone wallThe Dutch Defense has gained a huge popularity over the past few years mostly because some of the best players in the world such as Nakamura, Caruana and even the world champion Magnus Carlsen started playing it from time to time.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 09:26
The London System On the Spotlight E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 05 February 2016 00:00

london systemThe London System (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 February 2016 10:35
ChessBase Magazine #169 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 01:16

chessbase reviewChessBase Magazine is the flagship of ChessBase and released every two months.

Our columnist offers a review of a recent issue-Ed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:36
3 Best Games of The Week - 26 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 00:00

wesley soThere have been two weeks full of chess events, but probably the most awaited one was the traditional Tata Steel festival held in Wijk aan Zee.

All eyes are on the players who play a round robin tournament, Masters and Challengers.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 13:04
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