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Modern Defense seeks to fight on its terms because it unbalances the battlefield. The pieces march on to their locations before launching an offensive in the center. This can lead to complex and sharp positions where both sides can attack.
The Slav Defense was a perennial sight on the chessboards of masters in the early 20th century. This an astute reply to White’s Queen’s Gambit, whose sole creation was based on solving the problems inherent to the Queen’s Gambit Declined. It is a solid defense and is played from the beginner to the World Championship […]
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, […]
Owen’s Defense: When it comes to studying openings, most of the players look for shortcuts and skip studying the rare ones. It gives their opponents good chances to surprise them with off-beat openings. One such option is Owen’s Defense. It is a flexible hypermodern opening. Black allows the first player to conquer the center and […]
Win with Black Pieces: The player with the White pieces moves first in chess, which gives them a certain advantage. They can choose what direction the game will take and can fight for the initiative from the start. At the beginner level, such an advantage doesn’t matter.
Scandinavian Defense appears on the board after the moves 1.e4 – d5 and is one of the oldest recorded openings in chess. Its idea is very straightforward – right from the start, black is attacking white’s center, trying to undermine it.
Sicilian Dragon is one of the main weapons for black against 1.e4. The Dragon is known as a fighting opening, which can lead to sharp play and sharp complications in some lines. Black has a lot of set-ups to choose from, each with different characteristics and plans. In this article, I am going to present […]
Every chess player needs a good, reliable repertoire against 1.e4. There are many openings out there and you should weigh your choice well, but if you are looking for a classical opening that will help you learn chess in general, then you might want to look into replying with 1…e5. This is a repertoire that […]
Aggressive Openings for Club Players as Black: Following our previous article about aggressive opening suggestions for white, we will present now a few options to choose from when playing with the black pieces. Of course, it can be more difficult to reach the type of position you want. Also, you can struggle with starting an […]
Opening Systems for Club Players for Black: In our previous article, we have given a selection of opening systems for white. Following the same pattern, we have thought of a few openings the club player can play with black. We have focused on systems that are solid and require less memorization than other purely theoretical […]