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  • Knowing When to Pull the Trigger

    David Wagle writes- “This year I returned to the game (after a 10 year hiatus) and competition I love, with the hope of at least not embarrassing myself. And while I’ve played a few games where I did just that, this isn&rsquo... | Read More

    • Closed Sicilian Pawn Structure

      The Closed Silian English Pawn Structure               Soltis recommends 2....N c6.  Both Sides try to create a wing attack. White has allowed black to open a file on the side of the board.  He starts his own pawn storm, but ... | Read More

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    • ChessIQ November Plus Score

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      • | Nov 23, 2014
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    • David vs. Goliath Matchups in Blitz.

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      • | Nov 21, 2014
    • Winning with the Pseudo-Alapin (or Why Is It Good to Go Out of Book Early)

      This game is an example of how playing a suboptimal line can be useful if you get your opponent out of the positions he's comfortable with. After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 with White I decided to avoid the most-studied Sicilian lines, but I also gave Blac... | Read More

      • GIex
      • | Oct 18, 2014
    • How to open a closed Sicilian.

      Hello everyone! Today i finished another interesting game i had this days and i want to share it with you. My favorite defence against e4 is the Sicilian and as a Sicilian player i like this semi closed approach of game trying to control center fr... | Read More

      • Stavros_34
      • | Oct 12, 2014

  • Sicillian Defense, Flohr Variation

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    The Flohr Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves  Read More »

  • London System

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    The London system is a complex chess system in which white develops his bishop on f4 early on, and subsequently develops a closed game pawn structure that would usually limit the Queen's bishop. It is preferable to develop the Queen's Bishop ear... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence

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    The Sicilian Defence is an opening very rich in independent variations to the extent that it is always mentioned along with the mainline variation that followed. Black's purpose of playing 1...c5 is to undermine white's center by taking contro... Read More »

  • Siclian

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    In this Chessopedia Article we will be talking first about the simplest Sicilian Defence, so here's the lines:  You can even get more advanced on this. Read More »

  • Ruy Lopez

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    Opening: Ruy Lopez (Spanish)ECO: C60ECO Variations: C60 - C99Type: King's Pawn GamePGN: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5FEN:  r1bqkbnr/pppp1ppp/2n5/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b KQkq - 3 3 The Ruy Lopez (also known as the Spanish Opening) is a ches... Read More »