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Suman Chatterjee
12.09.2021
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Suman Chatterjee
12.09.2021

“…one of the most complicated and difficult to know and understand.” – Valeri Lilov The Benoni Defense is dynamic and dangerous…against White’s 1.d4 opening. It can be the center of your opening repertoire that can rattle White’s not-so-well-thought plans in mere few moves!

Yury Markushin
11.09.2021
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Yury Markushin
11.09.2021

Tired of White getting a stable advantage after 1.d4? GM Marian Petrov recommends playing Benoni Defense, as an unorthodox weapon against 1.d4 players.

Yury Markushin
11.09.2021
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Yury Markushin
11.09.2021

Hate theory? Love dynamic play? If so, GM Marian Petrov has a great opening choice for you. Play the Reti Opening.

Yury Markushin
10.04.2021
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Yury Markushin
10.04.2021

Dutch GM Sipke Ernst will teach you how to win with the Exchange Slav. Many chess players tend to underestimate the Exchange version of Slav. They believe, quite incorrectly, that Exchange Slav is very drawish and has no winning ambitions whatsoever.

Yury Markushin
09.20.2021
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Yury Markushin
09.20.2021

Looking for a quick-and-easy surprise weapon against 1.d4? Tired of playing the mainlines and getting inferior positions in your theoretical battles? Want to score quick points with Black?

Yury Markushin
09.03.2021
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Yury Markushin
09.03.2021

The Dragon Variation is considered one of the best attempts for countering White’s ambitious 1.e4 move. If you’re playing for a win with Black and won’t settle for a draw… the Dragon Variation is the opening for you.

Suman Chatterjee
09.02.2021
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Suman Chatterjee
09.02.2021

If you think simple rook or king + pawn endings are all there is to learn when it comes to chess endgames… You are WRONG! Endgames are the most technical phase of the game. Where the first move might give you an advantage, the second one might be neutral, and the third one might make […]

Suman Chatterjee
07.27.2021
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Suman Chatterjee
07.27.2021

Myth busted: even if you are below 1500, you still need to learn endgames. Period. Let’s face a fact. If you are spending your waking hours studying the opening theory or solving chess puzzles, and… … ignoring or stalling your ENDGAME studies, you will never get good at playing chess.

Suman Chatterjee
07.15.2021
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Suman Chatterjee
07.15.2021

An early n4 move by White and n5 by Black, followed by undermining pawn moves in the adjacent files—and there it is, the true “pride and sorrow” of chess. Not only can it win you games like a rockstar, it can also lose you games like mere simpletons!

Suman Chatterjee
07.15.2021
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Suman Chatterjee
07.15.2021

Need an opening that is equally aggressive as positionally sound against White’s 1.d4? Without studying hours of opening theory… as in the Dragon or the Grunfeld? Here’s the Tarrasch Defense for you.