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Carlsbad Structure

Carlsbad Structure

IM MatBobula
| 3 days ago

Carlsbad Formation is one of the most common pawn structures that appears in the Queen's Gambit and the Caro-Kann Defense. The name comes from the town where very strong and famous chess tournaments were played around 100 years ago and that struct...

The Fort Knox Variation in the French

The Fort Knox Variation in the French

IM MatBobula
| 6 days ago

I want to introduce you, one of the most solid (and personally one of my favorites) lines for Black. If you are looking for an extremely solid variation with some good counterattacking chances, you have to read that article and watch the video bel...

How to blunder less?

How to blunder less?

IM MatBobula
| 13 days ago

You play well the whole game, even get the advantage. But in one moment, you miss the opponent's threat and lose a free piece. From winning to losing. Does it sound familiar? Every chess player has to find his or her way how to deal with blunder...

Catalan Opening

Catalan Opening

IM MatBobula
| May 14, 2021

I have played the Catalan Opening since 1997. It has been my main opening for White, as the Queen's Gambit is a very common Black's answer against 1.d4. By developing the light-squared Bishop to the g2-square White gets the strong piece that att...

Opposite side castling

Opposite side castling

IM MatBobula
| May 5, 2021

Positions with opposite side castles are nothing new in chess. They happen quite often, especially for players with a sharp style of playing. Below you will find a couple of principles and puzzles on how to attack and defend when you will get one....

Tartakower Defense for club players

Tartakower Defense for club players

IM MatBobula
| Apr 28, 2021

If you are looking for a very universal opening for Black, you should definitely check the Tartakower Defense, one of the lines in the Queen's Gambit. Originally that line happens after 1.d4 but the pattern is so universal that you can use it agai...

Basic Rook Endgames

Basic Rook Endgames

IM MatBobula
| Apr 26, 2021

Last week I had a lecture where I explained Basic Rook Endgames. You can watch it here: In my last blog post, I also put a couple of puzzles from Rook Endgames to solve, so you can check when do you learn from that video. It is available here...

How good are you at Rook Endgames?

How good are you at Rook Endgames?

IM MatBobula
| Apr 21, 2021

On Thursday at 12 PM CEST on my Twitch channel, I am going to make a lecture about Basic Rook Endgames. Statistically, this is the most common type of endgames, so every player should know at least some basic ideas. Later the lecture is going to b...

How to create the best plan?

How to create the best plan?

IM MatBobula
| Apr 15, 2021

One of the most important things in chess is to find the right plan. During the game, every player faces that challenge. The first time to evaluate is right after the opening and usually 2-3 times later on. There is even a saying, “better to...

Back to streaming

Back to streaming

IM MatBobula
| Mar 16, 2021

After a couple of month's break, I am back to streaming. My schedule is available here: https://www.twitch.tv/matbobula/schedule Below you can also watch my first stream this year:

Minor pieces attack the King

Minor pieces attack the King

IM MatBobula
| Aug 18, 2020

A couple of days ago in the blitz game and I got a position with minor pieces only. I did not expect that suddenly some checkmates opportunities will appear out of the blue. Can you find the best way of playing for White? You can also ch...

Sharp Tarrasch Attack

Sharp Tarrasch Attack

IM MatBobula
| Mar 27, 2020

A couple of weeks ago I have played the game with a pretty nice attack. Despite the fact, that I haven't picked the most accurate way of playing, I managed to make a smothered checkmate.Check out can you find the best way of attacking for Black fr...

King of the Sicilian Pin Variation

King of the Sicilian Pin Variation

IM MatBobula
| Feb 24, 2020

I created a Daily Chess Tournament for all those who want to practice the Sicilian Pin Variation.Every game starts from the position after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4You can join it here: https://www.chess.com/tournament/k...

Knight vs Pawn Endgame

Knight vs Pawn Endgame

IM MatBobula
| Feb 17, 2020

One of the basic endgames that every player should know is a minor piece against pawn and the King. When it comes to the Bishop, usually it is very easy. Bishop has to attack any square in front of the pawn and there is no way that pawn will promo...

Playing against the Jobava Hyper Attack

Playing against the Jobava Hyper Attack

IM MatBobula
| Feb 11, 2020

One of the most popular openings for White after 1.d4, especially in the last couple of years, was the London System (d4 & Bf4, without playing c4). But it looks that it is a victim of its success - Black has to play against it that many times...

Isolated Pawn. Strength or weakness?

Isolated Pawn. Strength or weakness?

IM MatBobula
| Feb 6, 2020

One of the most typical of all pawn structures is the isolated pawn. This is the pawn that has got no friendly pawns on the sides. It can appear after a lot of openings f.e. The Tarrasch Defense, Queens Gambit Accepted or Caro-Kann Panov's Attack....

Couple words about Queen Endgames

Couple words about Queen Endgames

IM MatBobula
| Feb 3, 2020

Queen Endgames are quite rare but they are one of the most complicated endgames. Most of the Queen Endgames are very long with a lot of possible checks and require a lot of calculation. But a couple of principle helps to play them: Create checkm...

Very sharp line in the French Defense

Very sharp line in the French Defense

IM MatBobula
| Jan 27, 2020

In this game, I played one of the sharpest lines in the French Defense and my opponent got lost. You can also watch a game with a live commentary______________________________________________________________________________________________...

The Catalan Opening Tournament

The Catalan Opening Tournament

IM MatBobula
| Jan 16, 2020

I created a Daily Chess Tournament for all those who want to practice the Catalan Opening.Every game starts from the position after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3I will analyze the most interesting games on my Twitch streamYou can join it...

How good are you at Pawn Endgames?

How good are you at Pawn Endgames?

IM MatBobula
| Jan 13, 2020

Lately, on my Twitch channel, I have decided to start running Webinars. On Friday (January 10th) the first one took place, titled Mastering Pawn Endgames Below you can find a couple of puzzles and check how good are you at the Pawn End...

Tarrasch Defense - complete course

Tarrasch Defense - complete course

IM MatBobula
| Jan 6, 2020

If you are looking for an active answer against 1.d4 (and almost everything except 1. e4) - you should watch the video course that explains most important ideas of the Tarrasch Defense. 1) Introductionhttps://www.chess.com/video/player/lear...

The Sicilian Pin Variation - complete course

The Sicilian Pin Variation - complete course

IM MatBobula
| Jan 2, 2020

If you are looking for a tricky answer against the open sicilian - you should watch the video course that explains most important ideas of the Pin Variation. 1) Introductionhttps://www.chess.com/video/player/bobula-pin-variation-ep1 2) Li...

London System Refuted

London System Refuted

IM MatBobula
| Nov 27, 2019

A couple of days ago I saw on From 2100 to International Master - Andrzej Krzywda nice picture that shows a really beautiful trap against the London System.For those who do not watch my Twitch stream - I am not a big fan of that ope...

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