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  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1b

    Last week we looked at a structure that featured a central space advantage for White (two center pawns vs. Black's one) and a queenside pawn majority for Black. I discussed White’s most aggressive plan (a pawn sacrifice that creates a mobile... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Pushing the Lesson Home!

    In “Train Your Brain, Target Consciousness” (Part 1, Part 2) we took a look at weak squares and weak pawns. When studying things like this, you first look at the concept (in this case weak squares and/or weak pawns), you try to intellectually ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 2

    My last two articles (Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness Part 1, and How to Train Your Brain) were about weak squares and weak pawns, which I view as targets that need to be devoured or used. Creating a permanent seek-and-destroy mentality whe... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 2

    Last week was the first installment of the series Heritage in Modern Play. Just to remind you, since the topic is still fresh this series aim at systematically studying some of the methods of play and ideas that were invented long ago but still ar... | Read More

  • Balanced Imbalance

    In this week's edition of my "Without the Lady" column, I will be showing an interesting game I played last year against the young Filipino GM Wesley So. Despite the early exchange of queens, the game was razor-sharp - imbalanced in terms of struc... | Read More

    • Anatoly Karpov 2007 Ukrainian TV interview. Part 2 - Kasparov and other events

      Read part 1 here.   I TOLD YAKOVLEV: "YOU LIKE KASPAROV? OK, YOU CAN BUILD HIM A GOLDEN PALACE OR SOMETHING, BUT WHY DO YOU BADGER ME?" I think that your confrontation with Garry Kasparov was also very sharp and political. You've already menti... | Read More

    • I'm so happy!

      I joined Chess.Com in May of this year.  I had not played a serious game against a human in over 30 years. My youngest daughter is in college, so I have a pretty empty nest.  And the garden can only occupy so much time. So I came back to re-vi... | Read More

    • Book Review: "Journey to the Chess Kingdom"

      By WGM Natalia Pogonina Best FIDE rating: 2508 Journey to the Chess Kingdom, 2014 Publisher: Chess EvolutionAuthors: GM Yuri Averbakh, Mikhail Beilin Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-83-934656-6-8 Pages: 284 Language: EnglishCover price: $26.... | Read More

    • Team Oz in Oslo

      Goodbye Denmark, Hello Norway! The Politiken Cup once again lived up to its billing as one of the most enjoyable tournaments on the European Summer calendar. This year was especially pleasant for the Aussies; as a team, we scored 4.5/5 in the f... | Read More

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      • | Jul 31, 2014
    • Top 100 Women Chess Player July 2014

      Rank Name Title Country Rating 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN 2676 2  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN 2629 3  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND 2613 4  Muzychuk, Anna  g  UKR 2561 5  Zhao, Xue  g  CHN 2542 6  Dzagnidze, Nana  g  GEO 2541 7  Lagno, Kateryna  ... | Read More

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      • | Jul 20, 2014
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  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »

  • Alekhina, Natalia

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    Natalia Vladimirovna Alekhina, born Nov 3, 1954, is a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) from Russia.  In 1984, she was awarded the Woman International Master title.  She is married to GM Sergey Archipov.  In 1997, she won the Moscow champions... Read More »