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Great news! Earlier today I had a call with GM Igor Smirnov and he was nice enough to give us $53.30 in premium lectures completely free to our readers. At the end of this post I’ll tell you how to get these 2 webinars completely free, but first I wanted to give you guys another exciting announcement, for the next 7 days we are giving you 50% off all Smirnov products. This is an exciting opportunity to get those Smirnov Continue reading

Endgame Concepts: Opposition and Outflanking

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Endgames are full of interesting, technical and tactical positions. This is the phase of the game where calculation reigns supreme and one inaccurate move can mean the difference between a win and a loss. Because of this, understanding endgame concepts as you continue improving as a chess player is incredibly important. You could play a strong opening, a terrific middlegame and have an advantage leading into the endgame, but if you do not understand endgame concepts and do not calculate Continue reading

Piece Activity Trumps Material in the Endgame

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Is material the most important thing in chess? Well, of course it is very important. Having extra material in a position is usually a long-term advantage that we could take advantage of later in a game, as it gets closer to the endgame. But, what if we have a terrible position in every other factor except for possibly being up a little bit of material? In that case, having a material advantage would not really be beneficial. The opposite of Continue reading

Nimzowitsch’s My System Part 1 – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

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Aron Nimzowitsch

Experience this classic in video format! In the video “Nimzowitsch’s My System Part 1″ by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, he reviews some of Aron Nimzowitsch’s games and a few key positions. Throughout the video, Roman shows how Nimzowitsch evaluated certain positions, and also adds his own explanations as well. Roman’s explanations help the viewer to really understand the underlying principles, criteria and reasons for the moves made by Nimzowitsch. In contrast to the variations that Nimzowitsch only used, we also get Continue reading

Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation Pawn Structure

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Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation pawn structure

The Ruy Lopez is known as one of the longest-living openings in the history of chess. Players from all generations have played the Ruy Lopez and it is known to be incredibly solid and very difficult to defeat. One line that can arise from this opening is the “exchange variation”. This variation is sometimes used by lower-rated players who want to create doubled pawns for their opponent as quickly as possible. The variation starts with the moves 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Continue reading

Easy Way to Beat The Pirc Modern Defense – GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

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GM Roman Dzindzichashvili

A set-up to crush the Pirc Modern Defense! In the video “Easy Way to Beat The Pirc Modern Defense” by GM Roman Dzindzichashvili, we see a way to set-up our pieces when Black plays the Pirc Modern Defense. With this set-up, we achieve a strong position that has many ways to cause Black problems. Even if Black plays solidly and doesn’t make any mistakes, White is able to get a small but clear advantage with the piece set-up that we Continue reading

French Defense Pawn Structure

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Many openings have their own unique positions and formations that set them apart from any other opening. These structures really focus around the pawn structure and piece placements within the opening. For example, the French Defense will result in much different types of positions than the Sicilian Defense. The pawn structures are very different, the piece placements are not similar and the plans within the position are unique to each opening. When you are learning how to play a specific Continue reading