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    • Country of Contrasts - funny video

      Recently I've found a really funny compilation of peculiar moments of living in Russia. The author focuses their attention on different road and traffic situations. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Sep 12, 2014
      • | 436 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Birmingham Gambit

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The following diagram displays the initial position of the Birmingham Gambit in the 1. b4 opening, a rare choice for Black: Unfortunately it is unclear which Bi... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 25, 2014
      • | 995 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Symmetrical Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< After 1. b4 Black can answer symmetrically with 1... b5 blocking White's b-pawn and preparing to fianchetto his light-squared bishop.  The Symmetrical Variatio... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 19, 2014
      • | 934 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Ware Defense

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The following diagram shows the initial set-up of the Ware Defense in the 1. b4 opening - a relatively unpopular continuation for Black:  Black immediately att... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 14, 2014
      • | 783 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Grigorian Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The Grigorian Variation in the Sokolsky opening distantly resembles the Alekhine Defense in the 1. e4 opening (an immediate attack on an unprotected pawn with a k... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 9, 2014
      • | 816 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Advance Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The following diagram displays the initial set-up of the Advance Variation, a rare line of the Sokolsky Opening:  Sometimes it can be played by an unprepared ... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | Jun 4, 2014
      • | 1023 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Outflank Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The Outflank Variation is a frequent defense by Black  at high level. In the following diagram you can see the initial set-up of this variation: Another "refu... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | May 30, 2014
      • | 1172 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Dutch Defense

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The diagram below displays the starting position of the Dutch Defense in the 1. b4 opening. This is a fairly rare defense which Black uses in high level games. ... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | May 23, 2014
      • | 1447 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - German Defense

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< The German Defense is not a very frequent continuation where Black develops his Queen as early as on move two. This early Queen move seems unreasonable. Do you ... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | May 19, 2014
      • | 1393 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4) - Queen's Indian Variation

      >>Main article: Sokolsky/Polish Opening (1.b4). Basic Opening Theory.<< In the Queens's Indian Variation Black plays 1... Nf6 with the following e6, b6 and fianchetto of the light-squared bishop. You won't meet this variation very o... | Read More

      • Eugen
      • | May 13, 2014
      • | 1132 views
      • | 1 comment