Posted on October 24,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Anti-Sicilians Busted? In this video, Chris deals with beating all the anti-Sicilian systems. He starts out with the Sicilian Wing Gambit and shows us one of the shortest ever GM games to persuade us to not fear White’s play. Then he shows how to deal with the Smith Morra Gambit when he suggests just taking it to play e6/Nc6/Qc7 and Ng4, with dangerous threats that include a mating trap! Chris demonstrates a few GM games that turn out very we[…]
Posted on October 23,2014 By GM Sergey Kasparov in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. The problem of an isolated pawn is surely worth an independent topic and thorough analysis. For a while let’s confine our study to a particular case from the creativity of great chess players. I remind you that generally pawns are strong when placed side by side, backing up and protecting each other. There are exceptions, but exceptions only prove the rule. Viktor Korchnoi is a known expert on French Defense, including the line with an isolated[…]
Posted on October 22,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Pre-Endgame! Learn From Your Fellow Amateurs 3 – NM Dana Mackenzie, from the ChessLecture series. This lecture is a look at a Scotch late middle game to pre-endgame transition. Beginners and intermediate players will see the power of a ‘Passed Pawn Bind’ in an imbalanced material situation. The struggle to maintain the Bind is the focus of the video, and at one point White maintains the Bind but is a rook down and striving to win. The Bind is[…]
Posted on October 21,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Classic Games (Pre 2010), General Chess Articles. Today, we continue the topic of pawn islands using examples of one simple and one difficult ending. It is often fair to state: “the ending is drawish, but the chances are not equal.” In other words, the struggle is for two results only, and the weakest party still has to work hard for a draw. In my duel against well-known Russian grandmaster (a “terror” of the Apennine Peninsula) we can observe a transformation of advantage. The number of isla[…]
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