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Yury Markushin
04.05.2023
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Yury Markushin
04.05.2023

Ultra flexible. Check. Trusted by Super-GMs. Check. Plenty of tactics and attacking play. Check. Neo-Catalan is an “improved” version of the already solid Catalan Opening.

Suman Chatterjee
04.05.2023
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Suman Chatterjee
04.05.2023

There’s a reason this 3-rank system is employed by legendary players like Portisch, Suba, Adorjan, Ljubojevic, Kasparov, and Karpov…and easily one of the most popular systems in chess. The Hedgehog System. The perfect way to keep the battle tense and avoid simplifications. If you’re a chess player looking for a versatile and flexible opening system, […]

Suman Chatterjee
03.06.2023
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Suman Chatterjee
03.06.2023

Tactics for Advanced Players: You are probably tired of all the chess tactics courses that teach you what a fork is, right?

Suman Chatterjee
03.06.2023
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Suman Chatterjee
03.06.2023

Tactics for Intermediate Players: Take any of your games and analyze it with an engine. You will be surprised to find ALL those missed opportunities—both on your and your opponent’s side! What if you could see and take advantage of those during the game? Yes, you won this time but you may not the next […]

Yury Markushin
02.05.2023
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Yury Markushin
02.05.2023

Rossolimo Attack: Black does not play the Sicilian to play the meek lamb against White’s e4. It’s getting ready for some action. Then he plays the knight to c6, grabbing the exact squares that White’s f3-knight is trying to control. Oops! It’s not going to be easy it seems.

Yury Markushin
02.05.2023
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Yury Markushin
02.05.2023

Tactics Manual for Beginners: Seeing no improvement in your game? Or maybe even after hours of studying openings, your rating still refuses to budge? Tell me, do you find it hard to see winning opportunities on the board? Do you often end up drawing even a won game? Do your opponents usually land a “surprise” […]

Yury Markushin
12.30.2022
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Yury Markushin
12.30.2022

Positions with Imbalances: Most club players think that ‘imbalances’ is an advanced concept that only Grandmasters understand. It can’t be further from the truth. Imbalance simply means that the material on the board isn’t equal.

Yury Markushin
12.30.2022
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Yury Markushin
12.30.2022

Wing Gambit: Sicilian Defense is one of the most common responses against 1.e4. So, if you play 1.e4 you really have two options…

Yury Markushin
12.14.2022
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Yury Markushin
12.14.2022

Budapest Gambit: Are you looking for an opening against 1.d4 that… Leads to fast and furious attacks by Black. Check. Avoids your opponent’s home preparation and pet lines. Check. Prevents drawish and boring play. Check.

Yury Markushin
11.24.2022
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Yury Markushin
11.24.2022

Looking for a very sharp opening with White pieces? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends… Max Lange Attack. This is a perfect choice for attacking players that will always keep your opponent on their toes. And if they don’t know the theory the game will lead straight to a HUGE upset! ***