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Yury Markushin
11.24.2022
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Yury Markushin
11.24.2022

Scandinavian Defense: Need a low-theory, and a simple-to-play response to 1.e4? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends one of the oldest and most well-tested openings… the Scandinavian Defense.

Yury Markushin
10.10.2022
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Yury Markushin
10.10.2022

Here’s a fun fact. Fischer beat Reuben Fine in a friendly game in just 17 moves. Opening used? Evans Gambit. Fine later said Black’s job gets more difficult in this opening since you can’t play …d6 or give up a pawn to gain equality.

Yury Markushin
10.05.2022
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Yury Markushin
10.05.2022

Are you looking for a serious upgrade to your anti-1.d4 repertoire? If you play Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD) with black pieces I have great news for you. FM Zaur Tekeyev is here to present a trendy novelty when it comes to QGD! ***

Yury Markushin
09.08.2022
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Yury Markushin
09.08.2022

Trompowsky Attack: Are you a 1.d4 player? Tired of Black knowing all the White’s plans and shifting gears into Slav, Nimzo, King’s Indian… resulting in slow, impossible-to-win positions?

Yury Markushin
09.08.2022
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Yury Markushin
09.08.2022

Sveshnikov Sicilian: It is no secret that Sicilian Defense is the single strongest response against 1.e4. In fact, Sicilian is so strong, that many players switched to 1.d4 altogether.

Yury Markushin
08.08.2022
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Yury Markushin
08.08.2022

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 c6… The moment you play the 3…c6 move – you enter the realm of Czech Defense. The c6/d6 setup gives unmatchable solidarity to Black’s position. You don’t have to commit to any particular structure yet. And do get creative with your pawn breaks and the queen.

Yury Markushin
08.08.2022
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Yury Markushin
08.08.2022

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5… That’s one of around 30 ways to reach the Blumenfeld Gambit – a peculiar position where Black is ready to sacrifice a pawn and gain massive central control in return.

Yury Markushin
07.24.2022
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Yury Markushin
07.24.2022

Fantasy Variation vs. Caro-Kann? Caro-Kann is easily one of the most solid defenses Black can come up with. Almost ZERO holes in the position. But great chess players say, when there exist no holes, you must poke… and create them.

Yury Markushin
07.22.2022
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Yury Markushin
07.22.2022

g4 Gambit vs. Philidor? This is the position. Just where the Pirc Defense morphs into the Philidor Defense…

Yury Markushin
05.25.2022
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Yury Markushin
05.25.2022

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.