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5 Best Chess Games on Bird's Opening E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 17 February 2017 00:00

bird's gameBird 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 weakens the king’s side. This opening move rank 6th by popularity. Bird opening is not something you will see very often on GM tournament, but nevertheless it’s a good choice for many club players. Today we will see some of the most classical games on Bird’s Opening.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 February 2017 12:35
3 Best Games of the Week - 48 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 00:00

games of the week 48The 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 games from this tournament and we hope that you will enjoy them as much as we did!

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 18:54
ChessBase Magazine #175 - Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:00

chessbase reviewChessBase 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 the Olympiad ahead of their rivals, Ukraine and Russia in a field of 170 nations. For those of us who watched the games, the Olympiad itself was a celebration of chess as never seen before. This issue of ChessBase Magazine captures the agony and ecstasy of the event as so many national teams vied for honours round after round.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 00:51
10 Greatest Endgame Plays E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 10 February 2017 00:00

greatest endgame playsEndgame 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 and instantly lose the game.  Every pawn, square and tempi are something to look out for. The calculation must be deep and precise, the plan should be flawless. In today’s article we will see some of the greatest masterpieces played by Alexander Alekhine, Jose Raul Capablanca Tigran Petrosian and few other greatest players.  Want to improve your game? Start with the endgame.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2017 13:30
King’s Indian Attack vs. the Dragon E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 00:00

kings indian attackWe are always on the look to learn new opening ideas to surprise our opponents in the future. It doesn’t really matter whether it is an opening that we play or not; we see someone playing something and if it’s enough interesting for us we take a deeper look and use it in the next opportunity we have. That’s how it works at competitive level. In this article we are going to draw your attention to a short and easy to learn recipe against the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon that was played recently by the International Grandmaster Eduardas Rozentalis.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 12:28
5 Ways to Improve Your Positional Play E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 13 February 2017 01:10

5 ways to improve positional chessChess 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 so on. Truth is, working on only one aspect of the game won’t help you get better overall; you have to study all of them equally. Suppose you only solve tactics; it will be very difficult to find a correct plan in a static position.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 13:58
3 Best Games of the Week - 47 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00

games of the week 47We 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 of the top players is great nevertheless and they employ many interesting ideas that we can try to learn from them.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:01
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