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1. The Decisive Battle - World Championship 2016
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
Magnus Carlsen confirmed his position as the world champion with a successful defense of his title last November against Sergei Karjakin. After 12 games the score remained level and it was the mini match ...
2. Big question: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
(Articles/Openings)
... of play. The queen’s pawn move leads to more closed positions than 1.e4 and the simplifications are rare. Note how in the most popular defenses like The Slav, Nimzo, King’s Indian, Benko Gambit, Benoni ...
... positions at how, that he has won many of his games due to home preparation. Here are the top 10 openings Kasparov plays. White Repertoire: 1. Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon - Maroczy Bind 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nd4 g6 5. c4 ...
4. 3 Best Chess Games – 46
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
... in the Moscow Variation of the Sicilian Defense that led to a complicated position with plenty of compensation. Game 2: Last, we selected early leader’s Anton Korobov of Ukraine win over Chinese ...
5. 10 Best Games on Dutch Defense
(Articles/Openings)
Dutch defense is a great attacking opening choice where black prepares king's side attack from move one. In order to avoid complication in the center black usually locks it up early in the game. Dutch ...
6. Grandmaster Sacrifices the Queen
(Articles/Middle Game)
...  We have an unclear position that arose from a Dutch Defense. Black’s last move 17…Rc8 is a not so obvious mistake. Topalov found a way to refute it convincingly. Can you guess how? See the details here: ...
Queen’s Indian Defense is a very solid opening which utilizes the queen’s side bishop to control the center and the long diagonal.  Black focuses on controlling the center with pieces rather than ...
8. How to reach 1400 elo in 2 weeks?
(Articles/Training Techniques)
...  5. Attack and Defense 6. Common Endgames 7. Ideas and Principles for Further Improvement It used to be a very confusing and time consuming process requiring an expensive coach, bunch of software ...
9. 3 Best Games from The World Championship Match 2016
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
... as he seemed to always find a way to hold the position. GAME #1: We are going to start with their third game, which ended in a draw. In yet another Berlin Defense Magnus Carlsen, with the white pieces, ...
10. 6 Things to Keep in Mind to Find Best Moves
(Articles/General Information)
... and you end up under a powerful attack. There are two ways to play these kinds of positions. The first way involves passive defense, where a player simply tries to eliminate his opponent threats and hopes ...
11. 7 Best Games on Grunfeld Defense
(Articles/Openings)
Grunfeld defense is very popular choice for amateurs and professionals alike. It was tried and tested many times in elite tournaments and World Championship Matches including Kasparov - Karpov and Kasparov ...
12. 7 Ways to Beat Under 1600 players
(Articles/General Information)
... and make mistakes that will lead to your advantage, either material or positional. At beginner level defense is even a greater problem to handle. 2. Patience First develop your pieces and put everything ...
13. 7 Ways to Beat Under 1400 Players
(Articles/Openings)
...  3. Fight for the initiative as black Play defenses that fight for the initiative from an early stage. The Scandinavian, the French, the Sicilian – with the same idea of taking over the initiative as ...
14. 5 Ways to Start Thinking Like a Grandmaster
(Articles/Training Techniques)
... and “wait” for the opponent to (wrongly) start the first attack. 3. Overestimation of one’s position Learn to appreciate defense as you appreciate attack. Very often the art of attack is rightly praised, ...
... openings that help Calrsen stay on top of the rating list and keep the World Championship title. Magnus Carlsen’s Openings for White: 1. Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 ...
... during the opening phase. After some stubborn defense and imprecise play from white we reached the following complicated position: White could keep some advantage by trading queens on b6 followed by ...
17. 5 Things to Do for Breaking 2000 ELO
(Articles/Training Techniques)
... opening that has passed the test of time and that doesn’t depend on theoretical moves too much. For example, the Nimzo-Indian, the Tartakower defenses against 1.d4 instead of Grunfeld or King’s Indian ...
18. 2 Best Games of The Week - 40
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
... between Grandmasters Christian Bauer and Sebastien Maze. It was, again, a King’s Indian Defense, but here white managed to push back black’s attack and went on to open and create threats on the queenside. ...
19. 3 Best Games of The Week - 39
(Annotated Games/Opening Theory)
... Defense and made everything look very easy by creating continuous threats against black’s exposed king. Black couldn’t find the best set-up and the game ended with a strong sacrifice that quickly decided ...
20. 6 Ways Chess Masters Think Differently
(Articles/General Information)
... risk, such as sacrificing material. Ironically because of that they lose games. Sometimes it is far safer to take a well calculated risk, rather than keep playing a solid defense (for example when you ...
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