Punishing Passive Play in the Opening: Part 1

Posted on April 07,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles. The opening phase of chess sets the tone for the game. This is when you gain space, develop your pieces to active squares, gain control of the center, get castled and prepare for the middlegame phase. We all know the basic principles of the opening, but what if our opponent breaks those principles? How can we punish him? In this three-part series of articles we’re going to see just how we can do that: How we can punish passive play in the opening[…]

My Pet King’s Indian, Na6 – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

Posted on April 06,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Pet Line versus the KID. 5…Na6 or 5…castles: which is best? This game features the King’s Indian Defense classical main line, with Eugene’s favorite 5…Na6 (is 5…0-0 then 6…Na6 better?) Focus quickly shifts to how the knight on the rim can quickly come to a better square, commonly c5, where it puts direct pressure on e4 and d3. The main move of 8.Be3 is examined along with Black’s plan of 8…Ng4, attacking the bishop. Eugene is keen[…]

King’s Indian Masterpieces – IM Bryan Smith

Posted on April 02,2015 By FM Charlie Storey in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Tremendous King’s Indians! In this opening taken from the ChessLecture series, Bryan teaches us about the Sameisch King’s Indian masterpieces. He uses Chigilida vs. Smirin Baku, 2009, to show the reasons behind it and explain the general plans. Bryan provides a good overview for beginners, while advanced players will enjoy Bryan’s explanation of Black’s later opening plans where he goes into some detail on the ‘Bronstein Queen Sacrifice’. Smirin[…]

Typical play for Black in Nimzo-Indian Defence (Part II)

Posted on April 01,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. The Nimzo-Indian Defence offers asymmetrical pawn constructions that lead to the combative positions with rich chances for both sides. Sometimes, the most obvious and logical continuations are not the best moves as there are many additional ideas and little details. Let’s analyze middle game of The Nymzo-Indian Defence that arose in my game. Vidal A. 2203 – Aroshidze L. 2537 E 32 13… Rg6?! I played this move almost mechanically but absolutely[…]

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