Openings

Prasanna Kumar
04.07.2023
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Prasanna Kumar
04.07.2023

Englund Gambit is one of the openings that can surprise and confound your opponent, leading to an exciting and rich position with lots of possibilities. If you want to add excitement and unpredictability to your games, the Englund Gambit can be a fun and effective option. An often underlooked element in chess is creativity. The […]

Prasanna Kumar
03.31.2023
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Prasanna Kumar
03.31.2023

A chess opening is the only stage of the game where you can anticipate and prepare moves in advance. This is the reason why having a good repertoire of openings is so important for any chess player who wants to improve their game. A well-prepared opening can help you get the positions you want in […]

Prasanna Kumar
03.10.2023
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Prasanna Kumar
03.10.2023

Opening strategy refers to the specific moves and principles employed during the first few moves of a chess game, with the goal of gaining an early advantage or controlling key positions on the board. The first stage of a chess game is opening. It’s surprising how often good players find themselves in unfavorable positions within […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.03.2023
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.03.2023

1.d4 gambits are some of the most important gambits in chess. When it comes to opening preparation, it makes sense to devote more time to more popular variations. This way, you can be better prepared in the lines that are more likely to happen in your games. On the other hand, it makes you more […]

Prasanna Kumar
02.17.2023
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Prasanna Kumar
02.17.2023

Nimzo-Indian Defense is named after Aron Nimzowitsch, a Latvian chess grandmaster who was one of the leading players of the early 20th century. The Nimzo-Indian Defense was first played by Nimzowitsch in the 1920s, and it quickly became a popular opening among top-level players.

WGM Raluca Sgircea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.27.2023

Four Knights Game – Scotch Variation: Opening trends change all the time. People play whatever is played the most at the top level, whether that opening suits them or not. Many players like to follow the latest trends, dictated by the leading experts in the opening.

Yury Markushin
01.23.2023
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Yury Markushin
01.23.2023

In the previous post, I shared the opening that IM Ratkovic found to work exceptionally well for his students. Quick reminder… Four Knights Game Scotch Variation (FNGSV).

Yury Markushin
01.23.2023
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Yury Markushin
01.23.2023

I have some VERY interesting insight to share with you today… that will make opening play whole a lot simpler for you. IM Milovan Ratkovic was going behind the scenes into the opening preparation of his students.

IM Zaur Tekeyev
01.13.2023
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
01.13.2023

The best approach for dealing with the Sicilian Defense depends on your personal playing style and preferences. As White, you can choose to play sharp, theoretical lines or adopt a more positional strategy. If you prefer to avoid extensive study of theory but still want to take the initiative from the start of the game, […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
01.06.2023
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
01.06.2023

If you want to play for a win with Black pieces, you should have fighting openings in your repertoire. Such openings keep the game tense and don’t allow White to trade many pieces early. It is also nice if it gives Black attacking possibilities. Against 1.d4, one of such openings is the Dutch Defense. With […]