Introducing: Tactics and Sacrifices Domination Bundle [50% OFF, 36 hours left!]

Posted on February 05,2015 By GM Damian Lemos in Non-Chess related, General Chess Articles. Do you love complex tactics and wild sacrifices? Nothing is more exciting than a sacrifice that leads to a forced combination mate-in-10 that your opponent never saw coming! After all, we chess players live for those kinds of dynamic positions. If endgames and positional play are “your vegetables” in chess, then tactics and sacrifices is a 2 course desert. I work with a lot of club level chess players that want to improve and make it to a higher[…]

Carlsen’s Black Magic & Carlsen in Baku – IM David Vigorito

Posted on February 05,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos. This preview from the ChessLecture DVD ¨Carlsen’s Black Magic and Carlsen in Baku¨ by IM David Vigorito will enhance your KID knowledge. We see a game from Ponomariov vs. Carlsen that features the King’s Indian Defense Saemisch variation. The knight maneuver Nge2 and Ng3 is considered, and a good overview as to how Black should handle it is considered. Carlsen’s approach is to weaken his king side with…h5, reasoning that the disruption in sendi[…]

The Most Common Pawn Structure: Advantages and Disadavantages

Posted on February 04,2015 By FM Dalton Perrine in General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. You might be wondering what kind of pawn structure the title of this article refers to. Is it doubled pawns? Passed pawns? Well, it is neither, even though learning how to play with those pawn structures is very important as well. The most common pawn structure in chess is actually the “Isolated Queen Pawn.” This type of pawn structure can be seen in many different openings such as the Sicilian Defense (1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd[…]

The French Defense

Posted on February 03,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, Beginner’s Corner. The French Defense remains a very popular opening system, despite getting its name in the 19th century in honor of French players, who were using it frequently. It is a semi-closed opening system, and its frequent use by top players like Ivanchuk, Nakamura, Grischuk, Morozevich, Andreikin and many others makes its high reliability evident. In The French Defense, Black starts to fight for the center from the very beginning and creates a very solid[…]

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