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.
Portable Chess Game Notation (PGN): Have you ever heard of Steven James Edwards? His name is not so famous in the chess world, but his contribution is valuable. Thanks to him, we can appreciate the beauty of chess games and edit them with ease in different computer databases. He introduced to the community the Portable Game Notation (PGN) Standard in 1993. In this article, we will discuss why it was so important and how you could benefit from that invention.
Chess Principles: It is impossible to learn all the chess openings, positions, and moves. There is also no need: such knowledge not only would be redundant but also take most of the joy out of the game. Instead, it is highly beneficial to learn chess principles that could help you find good moves in any position. The idea of finding such principles was intriguing to chess players of the past.
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1…e5: “What should I play against 1.e4?” is a big question when creating your opening repertoire with the black pieces.
There are a number of good openings for black, with the Sicilian (1…c5) being the main choice by the second player.
O’Kelly Sicilian is a great variation of the Sicilian Defense when you don’t have so much time to study its theory.
Chess has always been a fascinating game. When you see brilliant minds silently competing over the board, it is not even necessary to know the rules to get excited. Many people study chess hard. But one should never forget what brought them to this game. The joy of playing and the striving towards improvement are among the most common reasons. Also, everyone seems to love winning.
Middlegame generally begins when all the pieces have been developed and the kings have reached safety. This is the part where each player’s understanding of the position is put to test.
For the players who are trying to improve, studying this part is crucial to their further development. So, why is the middlegame so important and why should you study it?
Here are a few reasons:
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.
Modern Benoni was invented in 1927… and quickly forgotten.
Then, after 20 years of ignorance, this opening was revived by Mikail Tal.
The Sicilian Defense is one of the most interesting and versatile openings. It leads to imbalanced positions and suits dynamic players.
While some variations, such as the Dragon, are razor-sharp and aggressive, there are solid alternatives for Black as well. One of such lines has recently become trendy – the Taimanov Sicilian.