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  1. French - Alekhine Gambit (6 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: French - Alekhine Gambit (6 part series) ECO: C15: French: Winawer, Alekhine (Maróczy) gambit, French: Winawer, fingerslip variation Through the 1920s and 1930s, former world champion Alexander Alekhine was a force of nature with phenomenal tournament results (he won 25 of 44 tournaments he played during his career). Alekhine's attacking motifs in his games prove even to this day to be highly instructive. And in a new six-part series for Gambit Guide, our intrepid gambit guru, GM Boris Alterman takes a closer look at two very aggressive Alekhine gambits against the normally solid French Winawer. First up will be a four-part series on 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Nge2 followed by a two-part series on the apocryphal 'fingerslip' variation, when Alekhine meant to play 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 e5 c5 5 Bd2 against Flohr at Nottingham 1936, but instead touched his c1 bishop first so the game went 1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Bd2 dxe4 5 Nxe4 Qxd4 6 Bd3 Bxd2+ 7 Qxd2. Learn More
  2. Shilling Gambit

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Shilling Gambit ECO: C50: King's pawn game Joseph Blackburne (1841-1924) was one of the world’s best players, and he had a 50-year career as one of the strongest-ever British players. But to supplement his meagre tournament prizes “The Black Death” played hundreds of simultaneous displays against amateurs. To cut through the simul fodder he deployed some outrageous openings - the most infamous being Blackburne’s Shilling Gambit (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Nd4?!) , the maestro’s standard fee for a game. Even in the 21st century Blackburne’s trick is still racking up the victims . And in a one-off series of GM Boris Alterman’s Gambit Guide, our gambit guru takes a look at the Shilling Gambit - which, while not entirely sound, is a great surprise weapon for (online) blitz play, Learn More
  3. Geller-Tolush Gambit (3 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Geller-Tolush Gambit (3 part series) ECO: D15: QGD Slav: Tolush-Geller gambit The Geller/Tolush Gambit (1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5 e4) has become enormously popular as a combative way for White to battle the solid Slav Defense, as White gives up the c-pawn for control of the center. The main ideas of the gambit was worked out by GM Alexander Tolush in 1947, and he played it against World Champion-to-be Vassily Smyslov during the USSR Championship of that year. But it was his fellow Soviet grandmaster (and noted theoretician) Efim Geller who worked the most to establish the gambit as a respectable opening by playing it consistently and finding many key improvements for White. Learn More
  4. Siesta Variation (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Siesta Variation (2 part series) ECO: C74: Ruy Lopez: modern Steinitz defense, siesta variation The Siesta Variation in the Modern Steinitz (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 f5) is a dangerous weapon against the Ruy Lopez, and is anything but sleepy. It is very similar in style to the Janisch (or Schliemann) Gambit, but can prove more potent as accepting the gambit can see White getting a rude wake-up call by being hit with a quick and ferocious kingside attack. Many believe it has Spanish origins due to the name, but it is in fact derived from the location of the 1928 Budapest tournament, held in the Siesta Sanatorium, where Jose Raul Capablanca successfully deployed it against Andreas Steiner. Capablanca viewed it then to be “too risky,” but modern day champions of the Siesta, such as the Russian GM Valeri Yandemirov, have developed the shaper play around it. Learn More
  5. Riga Variation (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Riga Variation (2 part series) ECO: C80: Ruy Lopez: open, Riga variation The Riga Variation in the Open Ruy Lopez (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Nxe4 6 d4 exd4) was first played during a correspondence match in 1907 between the two cities of Berlin and Riga - and despite many believing it is ultimately unsound, its reputation is better than once thought and new discoveries in it were revealed in NIC YearBook 85 by Correspondence GM Peter Boll. The Riga variation is exciting and often leads to many wild sacrificial gambits galore, where, if White is unsure of what is going on, can easily lead to many a Black quick wins. Learn More
  6. Dilworth variation (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Dilworth variation (2 part series) ECO: C82: Ruy Lopez: open, Dilworth variation You don’t need to be a superstar to receive immortality in the game – all you need is the ability to hitch your name to a popular opening system. One classic case was English amateur correspondence player and humble railway’s clerk Vernon Dilworth (1916-2004), who published analysis in the British magazine “Chess” during the early 1940s that rehabilitated an old line of the Open Lopez. Dilworth became famous overnight after his analysis was spotted by the great Mikhail Botvinnik, who used the tricky line (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Bc5 10.Bc2 0–0 11.Nbd2 Nxf2!?) as a surprise weapon against Vassily Smylsov during the 1943/4 Moscow Championship. And the ‘Dangerous Dilworth’ is not only tricky but still alive and kicking today with many titled players over the years falling victim to it. Learn More
  7. Neo-Benko

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Neo-Benko ECO: D37: QGD: 4.Nf3 The candidates’ matches in Kazan are all over, and veteran Boris Gelfand, 42, emerged as the unlikely winner to become the oldest challenger for the world championship crown since Viktor Korchnoi. One of Gelfand’s great strengths has always been his legendary opening preparation - and we saw just how deep this was in game three in the final against Alexander Grischuk. Grishuk played a relatively rare and obscure line in the Queen’s Gambit Declined, only to get hit on move 9 by the big novelty of Gelfand’s remarkable gambit of 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 d5 4 Nc3 Be7 5 Bg5 h6 6 Bxf6 Bxf6 7 Qb3 dxc4 8 Qxc4 0-0 9 g3 b5!! - although the game ended in a short draw, Gelfand’s gambit did its job in wasting one of his opponent’s crucial white games. And in Gambit Guide, our guru looks at just how tricky Gelfand’s gambit is Learn More
  8. Taimanov/Flick-Knife Attack (3 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Taimanov/Flick-Knife Attack (3 part series) ECO: A67: Benoni: Taimanov variation In the Bible, Ben-Oni is the name Rachel gives her son as she lays dying in childbirth, and means “child of my sorrow” in Hebrew. And never has an opening in chess been more aptly associated with sorrow than the Benoni - especially nowadays, with the Taimanov variation (or the so-called ‘Flick-Knife Attack', as Dave Norwood graphically describes it in his 1994 book) almost proving to be the death knell for the Benoni. After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 e6 4 Nc3 exd5 5 cxd5 d6 6 e4 g6 7 f4 Bg7 8 Bb5+, wild gambit play, sacrifices and all-out attack proves to be the order of the day in this aggressive line against the Benoni, and it features in a new series of Gambit Guide. Learn More
  9. Cordel Gambit (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Cordel Gambit (2 part series) ECO: C64: Ruy Lopez: Cordel gambit Oskar Cordel (1843-1913) was not so much a top player in Germany but more thought of as a theorists on the game, with many published opening books and magazine articles to his name. Nevertheless, the author did leave a lasting legacy of two variations in the Ruy Lopez he championed: the Cordel variation and the Cordel gambit with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Bc5 4 c3 f5?! The Cordel gambit can lead to some very strange positions and there are many bizarre responses to it - but ultimately it has never proved to be strictly sound, though it is useful as a surprise weapon when you are looking for wild, tactical games. The Cordel gambit has been adopted as such by modern-day grandmasters Ivan Sokolov, Ian Rogers and Jonny Hector. Learn More
  10. Beliavsky Gambit

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Beliavsky Gambit ECO: E34: Nimzo-Indian: classical, Noa variation Alexander Beliavsky is a product of the legendary Soviet School of Chess and once a contemporary of Anatoly Karpov. "Big Al" as he's affectionately know as, is a four-time USSR Champion (1974, 1980, 1987 and 1990), and has played at the Olympiad for three countries, first starting with the USSR, the latest being his now adopted homeland of Slovenia. In his time at the top, Big Al was a noted theorisist - and in 1996, he came up with an interesting line in the classical Nimzo-Indian after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 cxd5 Qxd5 6 Nf3 Qf5 7 Qd1 e5!? that quickly got christened “The Beliavsky Gambit”. The Beliavsky Gambit was quickly adopted by other top stars such as Adams and Khalifman. Although out of fashion these days, it has never been refuted outright. Learn More
  11. Sveshnikov Sicilian Sacrifices on b5 (5 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Sveshnikov Sicilian Sacrifices on b5 (5 part series) ECO: B33: Sicilian: Pelikan, Chelyabinsk variation, Sicilian: Sveshnikov variation For years it was known to all as the Sicilian Lasker/Pelikan variation, but the name-change to Sicilian Sveshnikov (1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e5 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bg5 a6 8 Na3 b5) came into being after it was revived by the Russian Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov. He was the driving force and inspiration of the variation during the early 1970s when he was a young IM - and back then, it was his creative mind who developed this aggressive method of playing as black. Since then, elite stars such as Kasparov, Kramnik, Topalov, Leko, Radjabov and Shirov have all adopted this variation into their arsenal because it often leads to imbalanced positions. There are many methods to combat the Sveshnikov, but one of the most macho involves the early sacrifice of either a knight or a bishop on b5. And in his latest series, GM Boris Alterman checks the status of both the Nxb5 and Bxb5 gambits vs. the Sveshnikov. Learn More
  12. Hector Gambit (3 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Hector Gambit (3 part series) ECO: C68: Ruy Lopez: exchange variation The Ruy Lopez Exchange (or Spanish Exchange) was championed by two great world champions - first by Emmanuel Lasker as a secret weapon to take on the mighty Capablanca; and then arguably more famously by Bobby Fischer, who finely honed it by adding a cutting edge with his modern-day update of it in the 1960s. The concept of the opening is simple: Take all the pieces off the board and White wins the ending. But with the bishop pair, there are many ways for Black to counter the Exchange Lopez, and one enterprising way is to adopt an adventurous gambit made popular by the swashbuckling Swede, Jonny Hector, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Bxc6 dxc6 5 0-0 Bg4 6 h3 Bh5!? that features in a new three-part series for Gambit Guide. Learn More
  13. Semi-Slav Noteboom variation (4 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Semi-Slav Noteboom variation (4 part series) ECO: D31: QGD: semi-Slav, Noteboom variation Dutch player Daniël Noteboom (1910-1932) is one of the unsung rising stars of the early 1930s. He gained notoriety with an impressive début at the 1930 Chess Olympiad, scoring 11.5/15. But after playing at Hastings 1931/32, he tragically died of pneumonia in London. Aged only 21, it was a brief but tragic end to what looked a promising career. His trademark was to play aggressively, and he left his legacy to the game with a wild and complex variation (with many gambit lines) in the Semi-Slav Defense: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c6 4 Nf3 dxc4 5 a4 Bb4 6 e3 b5 8 axb5 Bxc3 9 Bxc3 cxb5 10 b3 Bb7 - commonly known as the Noteboom Variation, that still packs a lethal punch for an unsuspecting opponent. Learn More
  14. Alatorsev Gambit in the Botvinnik Semi Slav (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Alatorsev Gambit in the Botvinnik Semi Slav (2 part series) ECO: D44: QGD semi-Slav: anti-Meran gambit Vladimir Alexeyevich Alatorsev (1909-1987), was a Russian chess grandmaster, organizer, teacher, author, and administrator. During his career, he became champion of both Leningrad and Moscow, and played nine times in the Soviet Chess Championship finals, with his best competitive results in the 1930s, as he placed clear second in the 1933 Soviet final. Alatortsev was an early Leningrad chess rival of Mikhail Botvinnik, who later became World Champion. The Botvinnik Semi Slav 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 is one of the most complicated Chess openings, with highly unbalanced situations and double edge play. However, despite the main line with 9...hg 10. bg5 Nbd7, Black can try out the less known Gambit line 9...Nd5!?, named after Alatorsev. In the new two-part Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman shows you the main ideas and recent developments in this quite sharp and interesting line. Learn More
  15. Hector Gambit in the Caro-Kann

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Hector Gambit in Caro-Kann ECO: B11: 5.O-O, Caro-Kann: two knights variation The swashbuckling Swede, GM Jonny Hector, firmly believes that playing chess has to be fun! With his enterprising style of play, he’s often described as “the last of the chess romantics,” with his wild, gambiting approach that certainly wouldn’t have been out of place at the tail-end of the 19th century in the game. Jonny has featured prominently in many past editions of Gambit Guide, and yet again we turn to him for another of his specialities: the Hector Gambit in the Caro-Kann Defense with 1 e4 c6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Nf3 dxe4 4 Ng5 - a truly in-your-face, aggressive system that he’s pioneered, and with excellent results. Learn More
  16. Hennig-Schara Gambit (3 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Hector Gambit in Caro-Kann ECO: D32: QGD: Tarrasch, von Hennig-Schara gambit, QGD: Tarrasch, von Hennig-Schara gambit Boris Alterman explores an aggressive way to disarm the Queen's Gambit with 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 c5 4 cxd5 cxd4!?, the Hennig-Schara Gambit. It was first noted by Austrian master Anton Schara, who used it to defeat Ernest Gruenfeld during an offhand game at Vienna in 1918. Then ten years later, the relatively little-known German master Heinrich von Hennig picked up on Schara's published analysis to be the first to do any serious study of the gambit and introduced it into tournament praxis at Duisburg 1929. With the dynamic complexities of this early gambit against the normally solid Queen's Gambit, you can confuse and dismay many a 1 d4 players, creating excellent preconditions for winning chess - for Black! Learn More
  17. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 2

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    Lesson 2: The Passed Pawn

    This lesson focuses on basic Pawn endgames. The themes include Passed pawns, Breakthrough, the Square rule and even a couple examples of Pawn checkmates!

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  18. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 7

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    Lesson 7: The relative value of all the pieces & the legendary Damiano defense

    This lesson focuses of three main areas:

    a) The Value of each piece

    b) The Kings role game and

    c) The Damiano defense

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  19. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 8

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    Lesson 8: What is the threat?

    One of the most important qualities to improve your game is, to recognize your opponents upcoming threats. That is exactly the focus of this lesson. You will see numerous examples of simple checkmate (or other) threats and ideas on how to defend against them.

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  20. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 10

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    Lesson 10: Basic Opening Principles

    This lesson focuses on the basic Opening Principles, the to dos and not to dos in the opening. You will learn about the famous Fools mate and how to defend against it. Another important topic discussed in this lesson is King safety.

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  21. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 11

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    Lesson 11: What Combination in chess?

    In chess we do sacrifices or combinations to gain some kind of (material) advantage or even to force checkmate. You will see plenty of examples on this theme in this lesson. The tactical themes will include: back rank checkmate, skewer, clearance and the breakthrough to create an unstoppable passed Pawn.

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  22. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 12

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    Lesson 12: The Back Rank Problem

    This lesson will focus on details of the theme Back Rank Weakness. You will see examples on how to take advantage of an opportunity to win the game by giving the Back Rank Mate, as well as on some other examples that show how to avoid being on the losing side of the same trick.

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  23. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 15

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    Lesson 15: What is a Pin in chess?

    A Pin is a frequent and powerful tactical tool in chess. In this lesson you will see a series of examples where one side creates a pin or uses an already existing one, to win material or even to checkmate. The concept of Absolute pins and Relative pins will also be introduced.

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  24. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 16

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    Lesson 16: How to get out of Pins?

    Pins indeed generally can be very dangerous. However, not all pins are deadly! Even when it seems that you got in trouble, there maybe a way out. This lesson focuses on showing a good number of examples, where the pinned side comes back (counterattacks) successfully.

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  25. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 17

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    Lesson 17: Opposition in Pawn Endgames

    This lesson introduces a basic element of Pawn endgames: the Opposition, including the Distant Opposition and the Diagonal Opposition. They are essential tools to improve your endgame skills, which often can make a decisive difference in the outcome of your game. Remember, in endgames, and especially Pawn Endgames, usually there is no room for errors.

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  26. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 18

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    Lesson 18: What are Discovered Checks?

    Discovered checks are perhaps the trickiest of all chess tactics, also extremely powerful at the same time. In this lesson you see a good number of examples from all three phases of the game, where the theme Discovered checks is effectively demonstrated.

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  27. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 19

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    Lesson 19: What is a Discovered Attack?

    Discovered attacks are very similar to Discovered Check, with the obvious difference, that the King does not get checked. However, other than that the pattern is identical. In this lesson you will find a series of examples on this theme, from real life situations.

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  28. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 20

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    Lesson 20: What is a Double Check?

    A Double Check can be the deadliest of all tactical motives, as te King is attacked by two pieces simultaneously and it means the King must move. In this lesson you will find a set of carefully selected examples to demonstrate its extreme power.

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  29. Grunfeld Defense (4 video series)

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    In this 4-video series, GM Varuzhan Akobian demonstrates his mastery of Grunfeld Defense, using real games. Learn More
  30. French Defense

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    GM Varuzhan Akobian covers 5 main sections in the French Defense. Learn More
  31. French Unusual Lines

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    French Unusual Lines:

    Unusual lines against the French defense are rare, yet once in a while you can find a top grandmaster who would like to avoid the main theory of French and try 2. Qe2, which was played against me by GM Vitor Laznicka - 2684 FIDE rating - at the recent World Open Tournament 2013! In 2012 the move 2.d3 was uses by none other than number one in the world GM Magnus Carlsen, to win a nice positional game against another top 5 player in the world: GM Fabiano Caruana.

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  32. French Tarrasch Variation

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    French Tarrasch Variation:

    Tarrasch line against the French is the most solid one and is a quiet position. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov used this line to score some fine victories in his career. Black needs to immediately put pressure on the d4 pawn and try to break thru with the f6 pawn move in order to be able to activate the light square bishop. In my opinion, one of the most memorable games in the Tarrasch is Reshevsky -Vaganian from 1976! I highly recommend all the French players to take a look at this fantastic game.

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  33. French Exchange Variation

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    French Exchange Variation:

    Exchange variation of the French defense usually doesn't pose many problems for black , however black needs to play accurately to equalize in the opening. In symmetrical lines black is absolutely safe. The only line that offers white some active play is the one with 4.c4, with chances to get an opening advantage. Overall I would say that the Exchange line is relatively safe for Black.

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  34. French Classical Variation

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    French Classical Variation:

    The Classical line is the most principled and I believe the strongest response to the French defense. Currently many elite player opt for the classical line, when encountered with the French defense in the opening. White usually has more space advantage but black tries to put as much pressure as possible on the d4 pawn and try to exchange the bad light-squared bishop when there is an opportunity. If he manages to do that black is ok; if not usually black has to defend passively in a slightly cramped position.

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  35. French Advanced Variation

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    French Advanced Variation:

    Lately the Advanced line has not been very popular against the French defense, since it leads to close positions where white has a weak pawn on d4 and usually manages to exchange his bad light-square bishop. After the most principled move 6. a3 c4 black has a space on the queen's side and a very easy plan. Also 6.Bd3 and 6.Be2 lines don't offer white any advantage.

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  36. Same Color Bishop Endgame (4 part series)

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    Same Color Bishop Endgame (4 part series) Players: Zaja, Yermolinsky, DeFirmian, DeFirmian, Stanojevic, Filipovich, Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: B+P vs B+2P, B+3P vs B+2P, B +4P v B+4P, 2R+B+6P vs 2R+B+6P Learn More
  37. Opposite Color Bishop Endgame (4 part series)

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    Opposite Color Bishop Endgame (4 part series) Players: Yermolinsky, Van Wely, Wedberg, Hodgson, Sorokin, Galliamova, Kovalevskaya, Kramnik, Svidler, Vallero-pons, Van Wely, Carlin, Aronian, Bacrot, Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: opposite color Bishop Learn More
  38. Pawn Endings have no Secrets (5 part series)

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    Pawn Endings have no Secrets (5 part series) Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: 2P vs 1P, pawn ending Learn More
  39. Same Color Bishop Endings (4 part series)

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    Same Color Bishop Endings Bishop maneuvers in endgames Player(s): Tisdall, Yermolinsky, AlModiahki, Ehlvest, Vaganian, Evans, Gonzales, Bick, Adams, Cuartas, Adu Learn More
  40. Why did Magnus lose that rook ending (4 part series)

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    Why did Magnus lose that rook ending Ending: Rook +h pawn endgame Player(s): Carlsen, Caruana, Friedel, Atalik Learn More
  41. Rubinstein Endgames (4 part series)

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    Rubinstein Endgames Opening: C49, C01: Four Knights, French C90, E11 Ruy Lopez, Bogo-Indian Defense C01, C45, D33, C48 French, Scotch Game, QGD, Four Knights A40. C33, D30, D18 Queen's pawn, King's Gambit Accepted, QGD, QGD: Slav Player(s): Janowsky, Rubinstein, Burn, Rubinstein, Spielmann, Fabrikant, Yermolinsky, Salwe, Levenfish, Duras, Tarrasch, Nimzowitch, Alekhine, Reti Learn More
  42. Rook Endings at the WWCC (2 part series)

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  43. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 1

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    Lesson 1

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan will introduce a number of important opening traps. These patterns are essential to be familiar with for all who are interested in 1.e4 e5 and 1.d4 d5 openings. In the second part, the concept of shouldering in King and Pawn versus King endgames will be discussed. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a Queen endgame with amazing twists and turns.

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  44. Polgar Chess University Intermediate Bundle

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    Attack, defense and instructive games:  GM Susan Polgar, a former chess prodigy and now an elite coach, teaches how to play more sophisticated chess attacks – and how to defend against them. Using the most instructive chess games to illustrate the themes, Susan shows the practical decisions both sides have to make in real games, how mistakes are punished and what can be done differently to save the day.

    Positional play and chess strategy: Susan Polgar at the most important components of positional chess, examining pawn structures, the relative value of the pieces, how to coordinate pieces most effectively and matters of chess technique. Even with completely level material, one side may have an overwhelming advantage because of the superior quality of their pieces. Susan’s lessons focus on what makes a position or a piece good or bad and precisely how to achieve (or avoid) that position.

    Chess tactics and endgames: Susan provides you with some of the more advanced ideas you will need as you play stronger opponents. With more games likely to reach the final phase, experience of these positions will pay dividends. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  45. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 4

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    Lesson 4

    In this first lesson, the power of having your Rooks on the 7th Rank will be discussed, followed by several examples of Pawn Races in King and Pawn endgames which often include the pattern of Skewer. The lesson ends with a delightfully surprising example of Miracle in Chess.

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  46. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 5

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    Lesson 5

    In this session, Susan demonstrates through a number of practical examples how to exploit Weak Squares in the opponents position; and that Knights belongs on Outposts. Another topic discussed is the importance of the Kings active role in endgames. The Miracle in Chess feature in this lesson is a beautiful example of stalemate.

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  47. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 6

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    Lesson 6

    This lesson focuses on the strength of the Bishops Pair when they work together in harmony to create a deadly attack. You will see a number of beautiful combinations involving Double Bishop Sacrifices on the kingside. You will also see a classical strategical example by the first official world champion William Steinitz. The Miracle in Chess feature this time fits in nicely with the general theme of the lesson.

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  48. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 7

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    Lesson 7

    In chess strategy, the Pawn structure determines most of our decisions. In this lesson, you will learn about why it is generally not a good idea to have Doubled Pawns. The Miracle in Chess example at the end of this lecture is a truly instructive one, demonstrating seven different ideas in just five moves!

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  49. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 10

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    Lesson 10

    The topic of this lesson is the Long Diagonal. You will see how to create a Battery to take advantage of the weak squares along the long diagonal as well as some typical combinations on the same theme. Susan also talks about one of her all-time favorite games against Maia Chiburdanidze from the Chess Olympiad in 2004. The Miracle in Chess feature concludes this lesson with a Kubbel composition.

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  50. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 11

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    Lesson 11: Critical moments from the past

    In this lesson, Susan analyzes the critical moments from six different games where one side is under attack and seems to be in trouble. In each example, the key is to find the hidden defensive resource. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Isenegger, which ends in an unexpected checkmate.

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