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IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
05.21.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
05.21.2021

Grunfeld Defense is one of the most dynamic and sound chess openings. It starts after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5, when Black opens files and diagonals for their pieces to target White’s center. This unusual system of development started gaining popularity in the 1920-s. It happened after Ernest Grunfeld successfully employed it […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.30.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.30.2021

Kalashnikov Sicilian variation is not something you would usually hear a lot about, but it is an interesting line and quite a great practical choice for Black. It was used by La Bourdonnais against McDonnell back in 1834 but was not really popular until recent years. The reason is that similar to the Sveshnikov, it […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.23.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.23.2021

Najdorf Sicilian is one of the most played opening variations and is popular at all levels. The favorite of Fischer and Kasparov, it usually leads to exciting dynamic positions and suits active players’ styles. In this article we will deep dive into why you should play the Najdorf.

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.16.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.16.2021

Initiative in chess is important in all stages of the game. It is usually associated with an attack but can be reached even in endgames. In general, one side has the initiative if they can make threats that cannot be ignored. That turns the other side into a defensive mode and doesn’t give them time […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.09.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.09.2021

Alekhine Defense is the most famous example of a provocative opening. Black meets 1.e4 with 1…Nf6, attacking the central pawn on move 1 and inviting it to move farther. It is well-known pawns cannot go backward and hence leave weaknesses behind themselves. Still, it is quite a common scenario when White starts pursuing that knight […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.02.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
04.02.2021

Accelerated Dragon is one of the most aggressive variations of the Sicilian. Black develops their dark-squared bishop to the most active position from where it puts a lot of pressure on White’s center and queenside. It usually leads to sharp and complicated positions where both sides try to launch an attack as quickly as possible.

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.26.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.26.2021

The impact that an opening stage makes on the rest of the game is difficult to overestimate. If you get a great position out of the opening, you can defeat even a higher-rated player. On the other hand, if you end up in a worse position after the beginning phase, you might struggle for the […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.13.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
03.13.2021

Queen’s Gambit is itself one of the oldest, most played, and respectable openings ever. It was played already by Gioachino Greko back in 1620. Netflix’s “Queen’s Gambit” miniseries boosted the interest of people in chess but had no effect on the popularity of the opening of the same name. As there was no need.

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
02.27.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
02.27.2021

Many chess history experts keep arguing whom to consider the best chess player of all time, but we will try to stay away from it. The aim of this article is different. The idea is to familiarize the readers with the greatest chess players and their best games. That’s why I ranked the best chess […]

IM Zaur Tekeyev
IM Zaur Tekeyev
02.16.2021
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IM Zaur Tekeyev
02.16.2021

The chess super-tournaments held in a small Dutch town Wijk aan Zee are never boring. The reason lies behind a great composition of the participants. It is a place where the elite players (usually led by the World Champion) face less-known but still dangerous players, sometimes even rated below 2700.