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How to Play When Ahead in Material: Part 2

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In the previous article we began to talk about how to play when you are ahead in material. Specifically, we went over some information regarding when you are ahead the exchange (rook vs. bishop or knight). What if you are only up a pawn though? The important thing to realize about being ahead in material is that any material advantage is magnified when you get into the endgame. The longer a game goes on, the closer you get to an Continue reading

How to Play When Ahead in Material: Part 1

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So you played a nice attack, used a smart tactic or methodically pushed your opponent and now you are ahead in material. Maybe it’s a pawn, the exchange or a piece. No matter how much material you are ahead, your plan for the position should be changed a bit to fit the new difference between you and your opponent! If you don’t alter your thinking when you’re ahead in material and are facing an opponent who is behind in material, Continue reading

My Best Games from the Spice Cup Invitational – GM Eugene Perelshteyn

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The Averbakh variation Krushed! My Best Games from the Spice Cup Invitational: Presenter GM Eugene Perelshteyn from ChessLecture. Perelshteyn – Krush features the King’s Indian Defense, Averbakh and Eugene’s favorite response 5…Na6. Beginners will enjoy Eugene’s positional evaluations, while advanced players will like his explanation of how he takes advantage on the king side (normally by deflecting the f3 knight to the central square d4 with exd4.) Eugene finds similar positions to the Sameish, but finds a way for Black Continue reading

Taking Advantage of Mistakes in 1. e4 e5: Part 3

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Continuing the subject of the previous two parts of this article series, we are going to talk about more ways to take advantage of our opponent’s opening mistakes in the 1.e4 e5 openings. One of the main things that you must understand in any opening that you play, is the type of mistakes that your opponent can make in the opening. This can involve small mistakes, such as letting you develop a piece with tempo, or big mistakes ,such as Continue reading

Taking Advantage of Mistakes in 1. e4 e5: Part 2

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Continuing the subject of the first part of this article series, we are going to talk about ways to take advantage of our opponent’s opening mistakes in the 1.e4 e5 openings. One of the main things you must understand in any opening you play, is the type of mistakes that your opponent can make in the opening. This can involve small mistakes, such as letting you develop a piece with tempo, or big mistakes, such as tactics that allow you Continue reading

A Poisonous System Against the KID Fianchetto – IM Bryan Smith

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Tired of not getting your dynamic King’s Indian Defense in because White plays a positional Fianchetto? Then perhaps you are ready for: A Poisonous System Against the KID Fianchetto, presented by IM Bryan Smith. This ChessLecture shows a game from IM Bryan Smith’s personal collection, with a game on The King’s Indian and White’s attempt for advantage with a King Side Fianchetto.  Focus quickly shifts upon 6…N(b)d7 with Black playing a quick 7…e5 and then taking with 8…exd4 while Black is gaining pressure Continue reading

Taking Advantage of Mistakes in 1. e4 e5: Part 1

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Starting the game with 1.e4 e5 is one of the most popular ways to play in the history of chess. This opening can quickly turn into many different variations, such as the Scotch, Philidor Defense, Giuoco Piano, Ruy Lopez and many more. It is very important for players of all levels to learn how to play the openings that arise from these two moves, because they are so fundamental to your success in chess. Learning these openings well will result Continue reading