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How to Attack Like Paul Morphy

How to Attack Like Paul Morphy

FM Gertsog
| 1 day ago

Any chess player looking to improve his general understanding of chess must, at some point in his life, study the Grandmasters of the past, the people who created the first ideas about the game. In that way, sometimes we can decipher the mind of t...

Top 5 Modern Chess Openings

Top 5 Modern Chess Openings

FM Gertsog
| 4 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! Nowadays, the opening stage of a chess game is becoming more important, either because of the appearance of chess engines or because almost everything has been studied, everyone is passionate about learning a new line. Howe...

Webinar 90. How to Beat Stafford Gambit

Webinar 90. How to Beat Stafford Gambit

FM Gertsog
| 11 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I’m sure most of you play 1.e4 as white and had to face with a huge number of different openings and deviations. Some of them are playable and offer approximately even play for both players. However, some are just traps...

How to Beat Stafford Gambit

How to Beat Stafford Gambit

FM Gertsog
| 14 days ago

Nowadays, everyone has a lot of opportunities to learn the theory and try to trick their opponents with a trap or an unsound gambit. For example, Stafford Gambit in Russian Game (Petroff Defense). I’m talking about this position! It almo...

Webinar 89. The Breakup of a Position

Webinar 89. The Breakup of a Position

FM Gertsog
| 20 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I’m sure most of you struggle while playing closed positions because of the inability to find a good plan. That’s why it’s quite often that both players aim to open the position at least to get a clear plan ...

Webinar 88. How to Block a Pawn Chain

Webinar 88. How to Block a Pawn Chain

FM Gertsog
| 25 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I’m sure you had to play with or against a Pawn Chain. Usually, a pawn chain provides the player who has it with a strong position, giving him a lot of space and probably a kingside attack. What should you do when you p...

Webinar 87. A Wedged Pawn into the Enemy Camp

Webinar 87. A Wedged Pawn into the Enemy Camp

FM Gertsog
| Jul 1, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! You know even one pawn can decide the game? Especially if it’s an extra pawn in a simple endgame. But what if it’s a far advanced pawn into the enemy territory in the middlegame? Yes, it can also decide the game a...

Webinar 85. Calculation and Decision Making in Chess

Webinar 85. Calculation and Decision Making in Chess

FM Gertsog
| Jun 10, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! How to find the right move in the game? This is the question that every chess player asks himself. Amateurs usually play the first move that comes to their mind. Intermediate players choose between several moves-candidates wh...

Webinar 84. When and Which Side to Castle

Webinar 84. When and Which Side to Castle

FM Gertsog
| Jun 6, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! In the opening stage of the game you shouldn’t neglect king safety. Moving the king to the one of the sides of the board (usually kingside) is a part & parcel of a solid and competitive opening. Castling should be p...

Webinar 83. Typical Middlegame Positions

Webinar 83. Typical Middlegame Positions

FM Gertsog
| May 27, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! Plans, plans and more plans again. At the level when you don’t blunder pieces in 1-2 moves understanding positions and planning may allow you to get better at chess and, of course, find proper moves in complicated posit...

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

Webinar 81. The Value of the Center

FM Gertsog
| May 5, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! It’s difficult to overestimate the value of the center in a chess game. The pieces can reach any side of the board just in 1-2 moves if they are located in the center. That’s why the player who controls the center...

Webinar 80. Learn from Ian Nepomniachtchi

Webinar 80. Learn from Ian Nepomniachtchi

FM Gertsog
| Apr 28, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! Do you know the procedure how players become world champions? The Challenger has to play a match with the current World Champion (currently Magnus Carlsen). But how to define the challenger? For these purposes FIDE conducts...

Webinar 77. Knight on the Rim Is Dim!?

Webinar 77. Knight on the Rim Is Dim!?

FM Gertsog
| Apr 7, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! Once Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch said: "Knight on the rim is dim”, meaning that knights should be developed to the center where they control a greater number of squares. A knight on the edge of the board controls only 4 squar...

Webinar 74. How to Attack and Defend on the Flank

Webinar 74. How to Attack and Defend on the Flank

FM Gertsog
| Mar 18, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! You know many chess players start the attack on the kingside immediately after they finish their development. Sometimes this plan makes sense, but very often doesn’t. How to realize that the position allows you to start...

How to Stop Blundering Pieces in 1 Move

How to Stop Blundering Pieces in 1 Move

FM Gertsog
| Mar 14, 2021

Hey Guys! How often do you blunder your pieces in 1 move? Once, twice or many times during the game? If your answer is more than 2 times per game, you should definitely work on it and make it your first priority. This is FM Viktor Neustroev an...

Webinar 73. How to Self-study Chess?

Webinar 73. How to Self-study Chess?

FM Gertsog
| Mar 10, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! Actually, studying chess is a complicated process and only a few chess lovers can do it properly on their own (without a coach). Chess players usually do some chess activities: they solve puzzles, play games, watch chess vide...

Copywriter wanted

Copywriter wanted

FM Gertsog
| Mar 1, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! I am looking for the author of chess texts to join my team and I decided to take a closer look at like-minded people among my followers! If you know the names of Carlsen and Nakamura, Morphy and Capablanca, you know where L...

Webinar 71. How and When to Counter-Attack?

Webinar 71. How and When to Counter-Attack?

FM Gertsog
| Feb 24, 2021

Dear Chess Friends! You know chess players say “The best defense is attack” and I absolutely agree with this statement! This is one of the most effective responds when you are under the attack! This is how you may impose your playing...

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