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    3 Ways To Learn New Openings

    FM hellokostya May 12, 2016, 2:57 AM

    Learning a new opening can be a challenging but rewarding task. Once you have gotten used to a certain variation (e.g. the French Defense or the Catalan), it can be difficult to switch to playing something...

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    The Killer Instinct

    batgirl Aug 19, 2015, 2:29 PM

         There are many definitions for the concept, "killer instinct."  One of the better ones I found, from Dictionary.com, tell us it's "an aggressive and ruthless determination to win or attain a goal."      ...

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    How To Play The Stonewall Dutch

    GM BryanSmith Apr 29, 2015, 2:27 AM

    Today we will be looking at a completely different landscape on the chess board compared to last week's King's Indian structure: the light-square focus of the Dutch Stonewall. The Stonewall is not a specific...

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    Black's Knightmare In The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Jan 7, 2017, 4:32 PM

    GM Georg Meier's masterful series on the Catalan continues as he shows how Black can easily fall prey to positional disaster as White's knight leap to incredible outposts. These lines are quite popular so learn...

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    Active Queenside Play In The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Oct 6, 2016, 10:24 AM

    GM Georg Meier continues his incredible series on the sophisticated Catalan Opening. Here he shows you how to meet Black's attempt to hang on to the pawn with ...Nc6. He'll show you some instructive positional maneuvers...

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    Quick Queenside Expansion vs The Catalan

    GM GeorgMeier Jun 29, 2016, 7:54 PM

    GM Georg Meier returns with another in-depth look at the Catalan opening and the dominant ideas for both White and Black. Learn how quickly taking queenside space can be the determining factor of which side...

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    Annotating a master game #2

    Phriex Apr 10, 2017, 4:00 AM

     Hello and welcome to part 2 of my "Annotating a master game" series.  I quite enjoyed doing yesterdays blog and am doing another one today.  My method of learning the Catalan is being quite successful currently....

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    Round 5: Powerful Play against the Petroff

    IM attilaturzo Apr 6, 2017, 1:13 AM

    My opponent said, the Petroff was a suprise for him. He used a lot of time in the opening to find moves to exchange pieces and go for an equal position. I refused the queen exchange and eveloped my pieces, but my...

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    Round 4: A bishop knightmare

    IM attilaturzo Apr 5, 2017, 4:38 AM

    Yesterday I played with white against FIDE-master Petter Stigar from Norway. He played the closed variation of the Catalan opening and made a suprise move on move 6. He put the bishop to d6 instead of e7. I exchanged...

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