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blacks options against 1e4
GM Alex Colovic
06.15.2018
GM Alex Colovic
Here in Part III we will take a look at Black’s options against 1 e4. As we noted in Part I of our analysis, White generally manages to steer the game towards his preferred lines after most of Black’s defenses against 1 e4. Our task here is to see which of those are the most acceptable for Black from the aspect of practicality.
Training Tips
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Yury Markushin
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Yury Markushin
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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
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Opening Tips
14 Openings Every Chess Player Must Know
Yury Markushin
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Yury Markushin
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Yury Markushin
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Yury Markushin
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Yury Markushin
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