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The sicilian Dragon is one of the most complex lines of the Sicilian Defense. Black aims for a sharp, aggressive play and puts white under pressure right from the start. It is a line full of tactical ideas, perfect for those who want to play for a win with the black pieces. There are many […]
Chess openings: How to learn them? One important step in improving your level as a chess player is having a solid, well-developed opening repertoire that stands the test of time. You shouldn’t have to change your repertoire often. Rather improve and update the lines you already have. A good repertoire will help you get good, […]
Is chess a Sport? The old debate. Chess has officially been recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee since the year 2000. Despite that, opinions are still divided. Some people agree that it should be considered a sport, while others think otherwise. Both sides bring valid arguments, but let’s start with the beginning.
London System is one of the openings that has become increasingly popular over the past few years. For a long time, it has been considered a second-hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, uninteresting, and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don’t want to learn any mainstream openings.
Chess notation is the language of chess and you will eventually need to learn it if you want to continue down this road and make your journey easier. One of the first things you learn when starting out is how to read each square. Each of the 64 squares has a unique name and you […]
Chessboard is a battlefield where all of this happens: Chess is a fascinating game, full of possibilities. The two armies – the white and the black one – put up impressive battles. Some of them are long and full of strategy where one of them is conquering territory after territory. Others are pure fire and […]
Ulf Andersson is one of the legends of our game. At his peak, he has reached number 4 on the rating list. He is famous for his great positional style and his strategic masterpieces. He contributed greatly to developing the theory in the Hedgehog line of the Sicilian, with both colors. This is one of […]
Bobby Fischer, an icon of our sport, is perhaps one of the most studied chess players. Robert James Fischer called Bobby is famous for his universal playing style, excellent endgame technique, and his great contributions to chess in the form of chess writings, new ideas in a number of openings, and a new variant of […]
Norwegian Defense: Are you ready to learn it? Creating a repertoire for black is usually a challenge, as your opponent is the one who’s setting the pace and can decide what type of positions to go for. If you are still struggling with putting yours together, then this article is for you!
King’s Gambit: ready to learn it? One of the biggest questions when it comes to building a repertoire is should I focus on only one opening or include more than one option for each side? There is no right answer to this question; probably the way to go is what works best for you. Both […]