Strong center in the hyper-accelerated dragon

Strong center in the hyper-accelerated dragon

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Aug 6, 2018

In the hyper-accelerated dragon, black develops his dragon bishop quickly, without the d7-d6 pawn move, because he wants to challenge the white center with d7-d5. One of the typical white mistakes is to capture the c6 knight because it allows bl...

Activity or material?

Activity or material?

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Aug 3, 2018

Would you like to sacrifice material for activity or would you like to accept the sacrifice and defend and win in the endgame? Timing is everything. In my 15 minutes game yesterday, I sacrificed a pawn to be able to penetrate to the 2nd rank ...

Knight and 2 pawns versus a rook in the endgame

Knight and 2 pawns versus a rook in the endgame

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Aug 2, 2018

Exchange sacrifices are always romantic. Especially when you attack the king or when you have big positional pressure in the middlegame. Example the pair of bishops in open positions have nearly enough compensation for a rook and knight. ...

The Maroczy Bind against the accelerated dragon

The Maroczy Bind against the accelerated dragon

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Aug 1, 2018

The accelerated dragon is a very good attacking weapon when white plays similar ideas like when he plays against the normal dragon, 4.Nc3 with Be3, Bc4 ideas or Nb3 with Be2 and short castle. The real challenge of the accelerated and the...

Pawn advance

Pawn advance

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Jul 30, 2018

The situation of our pawns shows how much territory, space we have. If we gain space, then our pieces will have more room to maneuver or change directions quickly. When we have more pawns in one part of the board, there we want to advance the...

Closed sicilian pawn storms

Closed sicilian pawn storms

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Jul 28, 2018

In the closed variation of the sicilian defense white is ready to attack on the kingside by advancing his pawns as f2-f4-f5, g2-g3-g4-g5, h2-h4, Black is ready to counter-attack on the queenside by b7-b5-b4, a7-a5-a4. The art is to stop the o...

London system: How can you win in a lost position?

London system: How can you win in a lost position?

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Jul 27, 2018

When You have a lost position materially or positionally, then you need to try to generate counterplay. Most of the time an attack against the king or at least against some pawns and you need to try to make moves, which gives the biggest challenge...

The magic ingredients of the winning pawn endgames

The magic ingredients of the winning pawn endgames

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Jul 25, 2018

Create a passed pawn, activate your king to block the opponent's and support your own passed pawn. This is the key idea to win a pawn endgame. The big question is timing, Better to block the pawns first or creating my passed pawn? Should I go to s...

The magic of the knight endgames

The magic of the knight endgames

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Jul 24, 2018

What are the most important ingredients for a good knight endgame? You need a powerful knight which in the best case blocks the opponent's passed pawn and help its own passed pawn. You need an active king to capture the opponents pawns and help yo...

The unbreakable Bogo-indian

The unbreakable Bogo-indian

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Jul 23, 2018

The bogo-indian is an ideal defense if you want to get a solid position against a strong opponent, but hard to play for a win against a weaker opponent. He may block the position and exchange pieces for the draw. Sometimes in a very long game the ...

London system against the King's indian defense

London system against the King's indian defense

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Jul 20, 2018

When white plays the London system against the King's indian defense, then his king's position can be safer than in the usual king's indian lines, because of his dark square bishop joins the defense. Today I played a game against a USCF Candi...

Penetration and blockade

Penetration and blockade

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Jul 19, 2018

Today's first game was again against a computer assisted user, after the game, the chess.com staff marked the opponent as computer user. I made a mistake, I allowed him to get the a-file and under the pressure instead of the passive defense I tr...

Space advantage

Space advantage

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Jul 18, 2018

My opponent played again a strange opening after yesterday 1.e4 c5 2.Nh3. He played e6,d6,c6,f6,g6. We played a game in this opening around 1 week ago. In that game I got an advantage, but it ended as a draw. Yesterday I analysed all 3 games I p...

2.Nh3 line against the sicilian defense

2.Nh3 line against the sicilian defense

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Jul 17, 2018

2. Nh3 Is that a joke? I felt I should have a fine position againsg that move, but after around 15 moves I found myself under the pressure and attack against my king. I played too early f7-f5. He did not find the nice Bxh6 sacrifice to capitalise ...

New ideas in the old ben-oni

New ideas in the old ben-oni

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Jul 16, 2018

My opponent played very well today the old-benoni, so after the game I decided to dive into it and spent aorund 2 hours to find an advantage for white. Looks like the lines with Bb5 and then dxe6 may give a small edge or playing Ng1-e2-g3 manover ...

How to checkmate the dragon?

How to checkmate the dragon?

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Jul 13, 2018

Today my opponent showed a great performance and checkmated my dragon. In the openings I overlooked a pawn. His pieces became so active, I needed to give up one pawn. I gave up the wrong pawn. He got a defended passed pawn. After winning the...

Sicilian exchange sacrifice

Sicilian exchange sacrifice

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Jul 12, 2018

Today I played with a strong ukrainen player. I played him a few days ago with the same colour. We played a draw in a long game. I analysed the opening deeply and found an improvment.  I decided to play a6 in the alapin to prevent the Bb...

Attacking and blockading pawns

Attacking and blockading pawns

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Jul 11, 2018

Today I played with a german player, who was rated 2001 in standard time control. This time I streamed both the game and the analysis. He played the english opening. I played the Botwinnik setup with c5 and e5 to gain space and control d4.&nbs...

London system against the Dutch

London system against the Dutch

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Jul 10, 2018

Today I decided to increase my standard rating and to play 1 game every day. My first game was a quick one, my opponent resigned after 3 moves. Possible he needed to run somewhere. My next opponent played the Dutch defense and I decided to te...

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