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Play against a FIDE Master this weekend!

Play against a FIDE Master this weekend!

FM Gertsog
| 3 days ago

Hey Chess Players! Not everyone wants to learn chess, but everyone wants to play it! So, let’s practice and play a few games against FIDE Master! This week instead of a Workshop/Webinar a Blitz Practice will be conducted! I’m going...

Greek Gift Sacrifice

Greek Gift Sacrifice

FM Gertsog
| 15 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Every chess player enjoys the game where he attacks. It’s even more enjoyable if the attack started with a beautiful combination or includes it. How do club players find such combinations? If we speak about masters &nda...

Webinar "How to Attack Like a Master?"

Webinar "How to Attack Like a Master?"

FM Gertsog
| 17 days ago

Dear Chess Friends, This week instead of my webinar, I am glad to invite you to the Free Workshop "How to Attack Like a Chess Master?" with FM Nikolay Yordanov.  The workshop starts this  Sunday, June 19 | 11 a.m. EST (4 p.m. London ...

How to Defeat Sicilian Dragon?

How to Defeat Sicilian Dragon?

FM Gertsog
| 22 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Sicilian defense is the most popular defense in chess. And one of the famous variations there is Dragon Variation, where Black fianchettoes their dark-squared bishop and castles kingside. This opening is played by chess playe...

Bishop vs Knight - Which is Better?

Bishop vs Knight - Which is Better?

FM Gertsog
| 29 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Chess players usually value a bishop more than a knight because of its long reach. The bishop can move from one flank to another one in just one move, when the knight maneuver requires 2 or moves. Many coaches scold their stu...

How to Play Najdorf Sicilian?

How to Play Najdorf Sicilian?

FM Gertsog
| May 31, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! Najdorf Variation is one of the most frequently used lines in Sicilian Defense. This opening became popular after a huge number of strong GMs started playing it successfully. Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov were among them. ...

When and How to Attack in Chess?

When and How to Attack in Chess?

FM Gertsog
| May 27, 2022

My Dear Chess Friends! Everyone likes to attack in chess. Even if an immediate attack is wrong plan, many chess players still prefer to use it. In these cases, the attack may result into several weaknesses into your own camp, so your opponent ca...

Webinar 125. Typical Plans in Najdorf Sicilian

Webinar 125. Typical Plans in Najdorf Sicilian

FM Gertsog
| May 25, 2022

Dear Chess Friends!   Sicilian Defense is the most popular defense in chess. But what is the most popular variation in this defense? I play Kan & Paulsen Variations, but they are quite rare. Scheveningen was popular 20-30 years ago. D...

How to Defend & Avoid Getting a Checkmate

How to Defend & Avoid Getting a Checkmate

FM Gertsog
| May 23, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! Every chess player likes to attack. Yes, it’s always exciting to attack rather than defend your position. When you are into the attack you can look for beautiful combinations and mating nets for the enemy king. If you m...

Webinar 124. Attacking Moves with the King

Webinar 124. Attacking Moves with the King

FM Gertsog
| May 12, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! I believe every chess player wants to attack in a chess game. It’s easier to attack rather than defend. Moreover, if you make a mistake during the attack, you are unlikely to lose the game. But if you make a mistake bei...

Webinar 122. Dynamic Aspects of a Chess Game

Webinar 122. Dynamic Aspects of a Chess Game

FM Gertsog
| Apr 21, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! I’m sure most of you know a lot of strategical details of how to develop pieces, which pieces to keep on the board and which to exchange, how to set your pawns to get a perfect pawn structure and at the same time create...

Webinar 121. How to Loosen Up a Pawn Cover

Webinar 121. How to Loosen Up a Pawn Cover

FM Gertsog
| Apr 14, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! When your opponent castles usually it means that his king is safe enough, so now he can focus on something else: a queenside play, space advantage or a center control. However, a sense of security in this case is deceptive. T...

Webinar 119. Maneuvering in Equal Positions

Webinar 119. Maneuvering in Equal Positions

FM Gertsog
| Mar 17, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! What if the position is equal, but you play for a win? Well, it’s ok, if this is the position of a dynamic equilibrium – every move may change the evaluation significantly and you may provoke your opponent to make...

Webinar 117. The Attack Against Uncastled King

Webinar 117. The Attack Against Uncastled King

FM Gertsog
| Mar 2, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! How often do you face a situation in chess when one of the kings has to leave its initial position and lose his castling privilege? Not so often I believe. But how to take the advantage of uncastled king and initiate the atta...

Webinar 115. How to Play for a Bind

Webinar 115. How to Play for a Bind

FM Gertsog
| Feb 17, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! Sometimes we may reach a better position after the opening. However, not every chess player is able to define how good the position is. At least we may compare our pieces to the enemy ones and understand that we prefer our po...

Webinar 114. How to Transform Your Advantage

Webinar 114. How to Transform Your Advantage

FM Gertsog
| Feb 10, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! I’m a good theoretical player. That means I’m good with openings, know my repertoire and usually get the opening advantage. However, it doesn’t mean that I always win the game. Sometimes I lose the advantage...

Webinar 113. The Art of Direct Attack

Webinar 113. The Art of Direct Attack

FM Gertsog
| Feb 2, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! I’m sure everyone solves chess puzzles from time to time. It helps you to learn tactical motifs and, of course, improve your calculation skills and tactical vision. What tactical motifs are the most common? Probably, pi...

Webinar 112. How to Play Italian Game for White

Webinar 112. How to Play Italian Game for White

FM Gertsog
| Jan 26, 2022

Dear Chess Friends! What’s your primary opening for White? Do you play 1.e4 or 1.d4? Or maybe you prefer some closed systems such as 1.c4 or 1.Nf3 which can transpose to already known and well-studied openings or lead to rare variations wi...

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