How to Win in Equal Positions: Winning a chess game is not an easy task. The days when you could win a game out of the opening are long gone. Everybody is very well prepared and the amount of information available on openings is overwhelming. Powerful computers deeply analyze most openings, which makes novelties much more difficult to find.
Semi-Tarrasch Defense: Need an ‘off-the-radar’ opening for Black that can be played against many 1.d4 variations leading to a sharp attacking play, not boring positional maneuvering? If you are looking for that ‘0-1’ win, GM Marian Petrov has prepared something very special for you.Continue reading
Modern Benoni was invented in 1927… and quickly forgotten. Then, after 20 years of ignorance, this opening was revived by Mikail Tal.Continue reading
King and Pawn Endgames: Club players and beginners underestimate their importance. They assume it’s unlikely they’ll ever reach the ending and will be better off learning the openings. Huge mistake.Continue reading
I’ve beaten a few, so I should know, right? It used to be so easy. I would go on an open tournament and breeze through the first several rounds, without preparation or anything. Those days were only a bit more busy than a rest day. In the 1990s club players didn’t know anything. They didn’t know openings, they didn’t know middlegame plans, they had no positional understanding, they didn’t know endgames. Beating them was basically a matter of showing up and waiting for them to mess up, sooner rather than later. Things slowly started to change in the new millennium...Continue reading
Every chess player wants to improve their game. There are some players, for which improving is extremely difficult. And we’re not talking about those players who hit their rating ceiling, plateaued or physically (or should I say theoretically) are not capable of playing better chess. No, these players cannot improve for completely different reasons. Curious? Read on.Continue reading
The daily chess training is something every ambitious player should take seriously. No matter what your rating is, if your goal is to become a better player within a short period of time you must train regularly and actively. This is, of course, an obvious observation, the question is how? What exactly should you be doing in order to achieve your goal?Continue reading