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  • Best of Three Sets: Tennis Players Ju and Esserman in Death Match

    In the 1990s, when Pete Sampras dominated Wimbledon, he would sometimes win entire matches without a rally longer than a few hits. Expect the same this Saturday, as two energetic blitz specialists (and talented tennis players) lace up for Death Ma... | Read More

  • Ask a Chess Openings Expert!

    Dear Ask-a-Chess-Openings-Expert, My husband and I were planning on taking a trip next month to Hawaii for our 25th wedding anniversary, but my mother refuses to watch the kids ever since Timmy put her cat in the refrigerator.  Bill, my husban... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole, Part Three

    In the first two parts of this series we discussed the cases where White firmly occupies the key central d5-square with one of his pieces. If such a centralized piece cannot be successfully challenged, Black usually experience serious problems. Bu... | Read More

  • The Sicilian Hole

    Many openings (especially when you play Black) have specific strategical problems typical for that particular opening. If you play the French Defense, then the bishop on c8 is your constant headache. In the Tarrasch Defense you need to live with a... | Read More

  • From Opening to Endgame: the c3 Sicilian

    The Alapin Sicilian (1.e4 c5 2.c3) is an opening which particularly often leads to the transposition to a queenless middlegame. There are quite a few theoretical lines which lead to an early queen exchange, while keeping a tough, fighting game. In... | Read More

    • 12-13 April 2014 Interuniversitary Tournament,Kültür University

      Hi everyone...Two days ago as Istanbul University representatives we attended a tournament where the score for team was determined with the sum of three high scorers of the university...Time control was 45 min with 30 seconds increment per move.I ... | Read More

      • JRC_96
      • | Apr 14, 2014
    • The Art of Defense!

      Attacking is fun isn't it?  To have the initiative and force concessions from your opponent, and attacking the king in the quest to create more positional weaknesses.  I agree, and so does your opponent, that is why learning defense is essential... | Read More

    • Keep initiative like GM Kozul!

      Every Sicilian player knows that at the club level memorizing hundreds of forcing lines of Najdrof or Sveshnikov is many time just a waste of time. What you really need to study are different anti-sicilian lines. About a year ago I was having a... | Read More

      • duniel
      • | Jan 2, 2014
    • Week 10 Review: Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Boston Blitz

      Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Boston Blitz 1-3GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2610) - IM Steven Zierk (2543) 0-1 View GameIM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2492) - SM Denys Shmelov (2465) 0-1 View GameNM Jared Defibaugh (2297) - NM Vadim Martirosov (2349) 0-1 View GameJe... | Read More


      [On ICC] This was my 1st trial of the Sveshnikov Line...  looks awkward; feels so right with black...  Playing unfamiliar lines with class C/D players can really throw them off in what they're so used to... | Read More

      • chesspnoi
      • | Oct 26, 2013

Video Lessons

  • Svesnikov

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             The Sveshnikov Variation was pioneered by Evgeny Sveshnikov and Gennadi Timoshchenko in the 1970s. Before their efforts, the variation was called the Lasker–Pelikan Variation. Emanuel Lasker played it once in his world champi... Read More »

  • Aagaard, Jacob

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    Jacob Aagaard Madsen, born July 31, 1973, is a Grandmaster (2005) originally from Denmark, but now living in Glasgow, Scotland.  He is usually referred to simply as Jacob Aagaard. He finished 2nd in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004.  He... Read More »

  • Sicilian Defence, Taimanov Variation

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    The Taimanov Variation of the Sicilian Defence arises after the moves 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 Nc6.  An equivalent move order is 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cd4 4 Nd4 e6.  The move order with 2...e6 is regarded as the standard move ord... Read More »