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... is playing with white against another giant of our chess history: Svetozar Gligoric. It is interesting to see that Gligoric believed that this endgame was slightly inferior, but playable for black; in ...
2. 10 Must-Know Checkmates
(Articles/Middle Game)
Checkmate is an ultimate goal of the game. Ability to deliver a checkmate is closely tied to tactics. It is a very important skill that chess players of all levels, and especially those under 2200 should ...
3. Prophylaxis
(Articles/Middle Game)
Chess is a game of ideas, where the players have to carefully build their position and find weaknesses in the other player’s camp that will allow them to break through. It is easily understood why being ...
4. The Principle of Two Weaknesses
(Articles/Middle Game)
... to face problems, as white can exert pressure on both pawns simultaneously, for example by placing the Queen on a4 and a rook on b7. Although a game of chess is much more complex than this and there can ...
5. 10 Best Chess Games by Wesley So
(Articles/Openings)
Wesley So is a Filipino chess prodigy currently represented US. He is number 2 rated chess player in the world behind only Magnus Carlsen. Wesley So set a record by being the youngest player to cross 2600, ...
The Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of Giuoco Piano. The opening is named after William Evans, who is the first player to use it. This opening quickly became a popular choice for many great masters ...
Strategy plays a big part in a chess game. In positions where tactical play is absent, the players with a superior strategical thinking tend to outplay their opponents. It is often seen that inexperienced ...
Isolated queen’s pawn positions are incredibly rich in ideas for both sides. The discussion on how there are several possible ways to play these type of positions for both sides and is never-ending. In ...
9. 6 Greatest Grandmaster's Upsets
(Articles/General Information)
... Game 1: World Champion lost to a 2300 with white Game 2: Kasparov's worst chess game Game 3: A 2700+ GM loses to a 2200 player Game 4: Super-GM loses to a master ...
10. 7 Best Games by Richard Reti
(Articles/General Information)
Richard Reti was one of the top players in the world from 1910s to 1920s. Reti was a classical combinative player. His favorite opening was King’s Gambit. He beat many strong players including Jose Raul ...
ChessPublishing.com is a well-known site devoted to opening theory. This column deals with updates on recent developments from the site. Focus would be both on topical variations and rare lines ...
12. The Sicilian Dragon - Kamsky's Way
(Articles/Openings)
The Sicilian is the number one enemy for 1.e4 players. Nowadays it’s almost impossible to play against the Sicilian without having a strong theoretical preparation. This approach requires a long time to ...
13. Starting an Attack: 5 Things to Know
(Articles/General Information)
Playing a nice attacking game with tactical blows always gives a good feeling. However, in order for it to be a good one and your attack to be successful, there are a few guidelines you should take into ...
Bird opening is a standard flank opening which is characterized by the move 1.f4!  White’s main idea involves controlling the strategic e5 square. This offers great attacking possibilities, but slightly ...
15. 3 Best Games of the Week - 48
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
The first super tournament of the year has started in Wijk aan Zee and has brought us many interesting and fighting games and a few surprises as well. For this week’s article we have selected all three ...
... a small advantage and his openings are, in general, secondary lines, yet always with some poisonous idea. His chess is not based on remembering long forced lines but mostly on logical thinking. Very practical, ...
17. ChessBase Magazine #175 - Review
(Articles/Reviews )
ChessBase Magazine is the flagship of ChessBase and released every two months. Our columnist offers review of a recent issue-Ed. It was a proud moment for American chess when the USA team won Gold in  ...
18. 5 Ways to Improve Your Positional Play
(Articles/Training Techniques)
Chess players are constantly on the look for new “recipes” in their quest of getting better at chess. Some players think that they should give a lot of importance to the opening, others to tactics and ...
19. 10 Greatest Endgame Plays
(Articles/Endgame)
Endgame is one of the most important and at the same time complicated parts of chess. It appears simpler than the Middlegame or the opening, but it is very misleading. Every tiny mistake maybe decisive ...
20. 3 Best Games of the Week - 47
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
We are going to continue this edition of the three best games with another two rapid games played in the World Championship few weeks ago. Even if they were played in shorter time control, the technique ...
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