Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 4 – Practical Examples

Posted on December 30,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Practical Examples: Provoking with a Draw This time I was the higher-rated opponent in the game with 178 rating points of advantage. Georgiadis 2312 – Aroshidze 2490 Obviously, White is better as his pieces are more active, but probably Georgiadis decided to force the draw (or it was just a provocation) and started repeating the moves after 35.Na5 Kd7 36.Nac4. Taking on b7 would be a weak decision due to Rb8 and Black would take the pawn on b2. 3[…]

Maximize Your Success against 1.b4, c4, d4

Posted on December 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Fight against b4, c4 and d4 effectively! In the video “Maximize Your Success against 1.b4, c4, d4” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we take a look at the Bird’s Opening, which starts off the game with 1. f4. It is an interesting opening that reminds people of a Dutch Defense, but with the White color instead of Black. The Bird’s Opening allows White to get an unusual type of position that doesn’t require them to study much theory, but can have good[…]

Playing against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 3 – Practical Examples:

Posted on December 26,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. Practical Examples: Provocative Strategy Let’s see the various examples of playing against the higher-rated opponent by using different playing strategies. Position after 5… Qc7 Aroshidze 2401 vs Mastrovasilis D. 2568 1. e4 c5! The high-rated player immediately offers a double-edged Sicilian Defense and hopes to outplay the opponent with knowledge, experience and good skills of calculation. 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 Now we get th[…]

Playing Against the Higher-Rated Opponent: Part 2 – Psychological Pressure

Posted on December 25,2014 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. The High-Rated Player Under Psychological Pressure Objectively, high-rated players may also be under psychological pressure while playing with a lower-rated player. It happens because of everybody’s expectations that the higher-rated player is supposed to win. In the beginning, these expectations may help the high-rated player maintain a very positive mood, but if a low-rated player shows himself as a real fighter and does not let the rival take[…]

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