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Planning in Accordance with The Pawn Structure E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00

planning your pawn structureStrategy 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 players play assorted moves without any link between them; this generally leads to their defeat. It is easier to find good moves if you’re following an idea, a goal to reach.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 13:13
The Isolated Queen’s Pawn vs The c3/c6 Pawn E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 03 March 2017 00:00

isolated pawnIsolated 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 this article we will discuss a very important structure that occurs often in such positions; see the following diagram.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 March 2017 12:27
7 Best Games by Richard Reti E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

richard retiRichard 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 Capablanca and the future world champion Alexander Alekhine. Richard Reti was also a renowned endgame study composer. He set a blindfold game record in 1925 by playing 29 games simultaneously without seeing the boards. Here is some of his best games.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 12:48
The Sicilian Dragon - Kamsky's Way E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 00:11

sicilianThe 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 memorize not only the main lines, but also the so-called playable secondary lines which are often the most dangerous.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:53
6 Greatest Grandmaster's Upsets E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

greatest upsetsDo you think Grandmasters always outplay the lower rated competition? Think again. Even the greatest players like Garry Kasparov may lose to those 300 points lower rated. Can a Grandmaster lose to a Master rated player? What if that Grandmaster is a World Champion Vishy Anand? The answer is “yes”.  In this article we will experience some of the greatest Grandmaster’s upsets. Ready? Let’s get started.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:48
What is New in Theory? (January 2017) E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Friday, 24 February 2017 00:00

what is new in theoryChessPublishing.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 that can be used in practice - Ed.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 February 2017 12:57
Starting an Attack: 5 Things to Know E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 20 February 2017 02:42

starting an attackPlaying 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 account. Most amateurs like to attack no matter what and start it out of nowhere, without taking any preparatory steps.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 12:48
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