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Posted on January 29,2015 By GM Damian Lemos in Non-Chess related, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Have you ever felt like you are just stuck at the same level in chess? You are still studying, training, and going to good tournaments but you can’t seem to win the most important games or move forward? This happens a lot more than you might think. I had the same problem earlier in my chess career. I got stuck and could not manage to break through to my current level at the time. No matter how much I studied, no matter how hard I concentrated dur[…]

The Sicilian Dragon

Posted on January 27,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, Beginner’s Corner. The Dragon variation is probably the most aggressive and ambitious line of the Sicilian defense, but at the same time it is quite risky. Black fianchettoes his dark-squared bishop and creates a strong pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal. Many people see some resemblance of Black’s kingside pawn structure with the mythological creature, the Dragon. Thus, the whole setup is called the “Dragon variation.” This line may fit perfectly for tactical players[…]

Understanding & Dominating your Chess Game with Pawn Structures

Posted on January 26,2015 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Outplay your opponents using pawn structures! In the video “Understanding & Dominating your Chess Game with Pawn Structures” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we are taught about a few different types of pawn structures and how they influence the course of the game. He speaks about how we need to be good with positional ideas, because they are very important when dealing with the many different types of pawn structures that we will see during our[…]

The Sicilian Najdorf Defense

Posted on January 23,2015 By GM Levan Aroshidze in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, General Chess Articles, Beginner’s Corner. The Sicilian Defense is the biggest and most complex setup of all chess openings. It is a semi-open playing system, in which Black tries to avoid the classic playing manner for equalizing the game and immediately starts an uncompromising fight for initiative. From the first moves, we get unbalanced pawn structures and very dynamic positions. The Sicilian Defense is separated into numerous sub-variations like the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov, Paulsen[…]

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