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  1. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 1
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    Lesson 1

    In the first part of this lesson, an instructive game of the late world champion Alekhine is examined with the following theme: Opening Principles and when to make exceptions. In the second part, some basic concepts in King and Pawn versus King endgames are discussed. One of the important topics is how to hold a passed Pawn with your King. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess which features an endgame composition by legendary GM Benko.

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  2. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 2
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    Lesson 2

    The focus of this lesson is Space Advantage in Chess through a Capablanca classic, along with one of Susans own games to illustrate the topic. These strategical masterpieces are followed by two basic King and Pawn versus King endgames with the focus on Opposition and Distant Opposition. The lesson ends with a brilliant endgame example of Miracle in Chess.

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  3. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 3
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    Lesson 3

    This lesson explains about the concept of Open File and how it can be implemented for a killer attack or for strategical gains. Later in this lesson, the Square Rule in King and Pawn versus King endgame is also explained. As usual the lesson concludes with an amazing example of Miracle in Chess based on the theme: Back Rank Weakness.

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  4. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 4
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    Lesson 4

    In this lesson, the primary focus is on the importance of a Rook(s) entering to the 7th (2nd) Rank, through numerous middlegame, as well as endgame examples. The lesson as usual ends with a Miracle in Chess, an elegant checkmate in three.

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  5. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 5
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    Lesson 5

    The first part of this lesson introduces the element of Weak Squares & Outposts, through a tactical and then strategical example. The second part of this lecture demonstrates the power of the activity of the King in Pawn endgames. Finally, the lesson ends with a Miracle in Chess, this time an unexpected stalemate surprise.

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  6. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 6
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    Lesson 6

    This lesson mostly concentrates on the amazing power of the Pair of Bishops when they are ideally coordinated. The lecture concludes with the Miracle in Chess feature, which is always entertaining and instructional at the same time.

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  7. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 7
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    Lesson 7

    The topic of this lecture is Double Pawns. It is being illustrated through a number of middlegame as well as endgame examples. The lesson ends with another Miracle in Chess, where White, in spite of being down two Bishops, manages to escape by a miraculous stalemate.

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  8. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 8
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    Lesson 8

    This lesson introduces some of the most important Rook and Pawn versus Rook endgames, including the famous Lucena and Philidor positions. The Miracle in Chess features an endgame tactic of the late legendary world champion Alekhine. It is a must see.

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  9. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 9
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    Lesson 9

    This lesson explains about two very important elements in chess. First is the concept of the strength of Protected Passed Pawns, followed by a must know The Wrong corner in King, Bishop, and Rook Pawn versus King endgames. The lecture ends with a brilliant endgame Miracle in Chess by Petrov. It is an unexpected checkmate right in the middle of the board.

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  10. Polgar Chess University: Advanced lesson #10: Weak Long Diagonal
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    Lesson 10

    In this lesson, you will learn about the concept of the Weakened Long Diagonal. Susan will illustrate the tremendous power of Bishop and Queen, if they are properly coordinated. The lesson ends with yet another Miracle in Chess, a beautiful endgame study by Prokes.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 13
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    Lesson 13: Forks and Double Attacks

    Forks and Double Attacks are one of the most common and powerful tools to gain material advantage throughout a game of chess. In this lesson you will see some examples, how each one of the pieces can create a fork.

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  14. Polgar Chess University: Beginner Lesson 14
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    Lesson 14: Not all Forks work!

    As you already probably know, Forks and Double Attacks are some of the most powerful tactical tools. However, it does not mean that all forks are dangerous and winning! In this lesson you will see a set of tools that can enable you to fight back against a scary looking fork, often with the help of a zwischenzug which is also known as intermediate move.

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 12
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    Lesson 12: Simplification Combinations and when to trade

    This lesson focuses on Simplification Combinations and in general when to trade or not to trade pieces. You will see in each of these examples an option to trade Queens or another piece. Susan explains why in some exchanges are good and others are bad. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful Rook endgame, which ends with a surprising checkmate.

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  23. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 14
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    Lesson 14: Why time is important in chess

    This lesson illustrates through numerous examples why time is important in chess. What does it mean gaining or losing a tempo? You will also see some tactical examples of the Intermediate Move pattern. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a pretty checkmate in three from Stamma's book back from the 18th century.

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  24. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 15
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    Lesson 15: The importance of having pieces on protected squares

    In this lesson, Susan talks about the importance of having pieces on protected squares. And what trouble pieces can get into when they are on unprotected squares. You will see various tactical patterns such as discovery, skewer, and forks being used to take advantage of the situation. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an amazing endgame study by White. David against Goliath!

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  25. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 16
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    Lesson 16: Take advantage of the mistake when your opponent does not castle timely

    Learn about how to take advantage of the mistake when your opponent does not castle timely. Susan demonstrates this important topic through two games of Tartakower. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an impressive nine move checkmate combination composed by Stamma in the late 18th century.

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  26. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 17
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    Lesson 17: Attack and defense

    In this lesson, you will learn about attack and defense - and that not all attacks are successful. Often the best defense is Counter attack! Susan shows two of her games from the 2004 Chess Olympiad in Calvia. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an elegant six move checkmate combination composed by Stamma in the late 18th century.

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  27. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 18
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    Lesson 18: Closed positions and maneuvering

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan explains about strategy in closed positions and talks about maneuvering. The second part of the lesson is about breakthrough in Pawn endgames. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a wonderful study from the 18th century by Stamma, which ends with an unexpected checkmate.

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  28. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 19
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    Lesson 19: Zugzwang

    The topic of this lesson is: Zugzwang. Susan shows a dozen examples on the topic which mostly arises in the endgame phase of the game. But you will see of few examples when zugzwang happens with still a lot of pieces on the board - in the middlegame. About half of these examples would qualify for the Miracle in Chess feature!

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  29. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 20
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    Lesson 20: Keep your King safe

    In the first part of this lesson, Susan explains why it is important to keep your King safe, and not to walk around in the middle of the board. You will see how to chase such a King to checkmate. In the second part, you can learn about the famous "Fried Liver Attack".

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  30. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 11
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    Lesson 11: Critical moments from the past

    In this lesson, Susan will analyze critical moments from five different games, all played at the legendary Nottingham 1936 tournament. Those include a classic "petite combination" by Lasker and a lucky escape by Capablanca, which lead the Cuban genius to eventually tie for first place with Botvinnik at that event. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Newman, which ends in an unexpected stalemate.

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  31. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 12
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    Lesson 12: Simplification Combinations and when to trade

    This lesson will focus on Simplification Combinations, and in general, when to trade or not to trade pieces. Through the numerous examples you will see various tactical motives being used to accomplish a gain of one kind or another - material or simply strategical. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Newman, which involves a number of nice patterns: fork, removing the guard, and a pretty checkmate.

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  32. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 13
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    Lesson 13: Bishops and Knights

    This lesson focuses on Bishops and Knights. The first few examples illustrate the strength of both minor pieces in the endgame, through a game of Karpov and Nimzovitch. In the second part of the lesson, you shall see some impressive examples where Bishops and Knights collaborate to make successful attack, including the famous Legal's mate. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an amazing endgame study by Blathy, which involves a remarkable dance of the Knights.

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  33. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 14
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    Lesson 14: Deflection

    The topic of this lesson is deflection, also known as removing of the guard. You will see a number of tactical examples of various difficulty levels which demonstrates this important subject. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a gorgeous miniature endgame study by Prokop - a true beauty.

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  34. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 15
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    Lesson 15: Why time is important in chess

    This lesson illustrates through numerous examples, why time is important in chess. What does gaining or losing a tempo mean? You will also see some tactical examples of the Intermediate Move pattern. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an unusual example, where the only way to save the Rook endgame is by giving up the Rook. You have to see this to believe it!

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  35. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 16
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    Lesson 16: Typical tactical motives, strategical ideas, and plans in the Dutch defense, Stonewall variation

    This lesson focuses on typical tactical motives, strategical ideas, and plans in the Dutch defense, Stonewall variation. The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a nice creation from the 18th century, based on a study by Stamma.

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  36. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 17
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    Lesson 17: Attack and defense

    In this lesson, you will learn about attack and defense - and not all attacks are successful. Often the best defense is counter attack! The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an impressive nine move checkmate combination composed by Stamma in the late 18th century.

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  37. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 18
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    Lesson 18: Strategy in closed positions

    In this lesson, Susan explains about strategy in closed positions through two of her early games. In such type of positions, a lot of patience is required. In addition, a key question to try to find the answer for is how and when to break through? The lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, an elegant endgame study from the 18th century by Stamma, which ends with an unexpected checkmate.

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  38. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 19
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    Lesson 19: King stuck in the Middle - trouble

    The topic of this lesson is A King stuck in the Middle - trouble! Susan analyses an evergreen win of the great world champion William Steinitz (against von Bardeleben) from the classic 1895 Hastings tournament. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a truly beautiful combination composed by von Vitonsti, which leads to checkmate in ten moves!

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  39. Polgar Chess University: Advanced Lesson 20
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    Lesson 20: Susan examines a classic battle between Petrosian and Smyslov: provoking weaknesses and King safety

    In this lesson, Susan examines a classic battle between two former world champions: Petrosian versus Smyslov. Through that game you will learn about the importance of provoking weaknesses in the opponent's position and how important King safety is.

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  40. Polgar Chess University: Intermediate Lesson 13
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    Lesson 13: Catching the King in the middle

    This lessons is about "catching the King in the middle". Susan demonstrates this important topic through three short games, including one of Bobby Fischer's, and one of her own all-time favorites. And the lesson ends with the Miracle in Chess feature, a beautiful endgame study by Barrett, introducing the concept of zig-zag or ladder in chess.

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  41. Krush Gambit
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    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. But top US Women’s player, IM Irina Krush, came up with her own counter-gambit to eschew the complications of the Beliavsky gambit, with the enterprising 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 cxd5 Qxd5 6 Nf3 Qf5 7 Qb3 c5 8 a3 Bxc3+ 9 Qxc3 Nbd7 10 g4!? Learn More
  42. Marshall Gambit (2 video series)
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    One of the world’s first Grandmasters, America’s Frank J. Marshall (1877-1944) left behind a lasting legacy to the chess world with his revered gambit against the Ruy Lopez:  the Marshall Attack with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 Nf6 5 0-0 Be7 6 Re1 b5 7 Bb3 0-0 8 c3 d5! The myth goes that Marshall deliberately kept his analysis secret for seven years before playing it against Capablanca at New York 1918, but this has since been debunked by historians.   Regardless of its origins, it continues to wreck havoc both at club and elite level over 90 years on - and the latest high-profile victim is Ukrainian world No7 Vassily Ivanchuk, who got hit by some stunning new theory in it by Hungary’s Peter Leko at the recently concluded World Team Championship in Ningbo, China. ChessFM’s openings expert, GM Ronen Har-Zvi has comprehensively covered the Marshall Attack during his weekly openings show last year - but in a Gambit Guide special, GM Boris Alterman puts under the microscope Leko’s new novelty in the Marshall Attack that obviously wasn't covered during that particular series.  Learn More
  43. Evans Gambit (4 video series)
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    GM Boris Altermans presents a 4 video series investigating perhaps one of the soundest of the romantic gambits from the 18th century that is still used at top level in the game today - The Evans Gambit! Learn More
  44. Cochrane Gambit (3 video series)
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    Boris Alterman explores the Cochrane Gambit against the normally staid Petroff's Defence with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nxf7!? - an idea that stunned the chess world not only when it was first played in 1848, but also when Veselin Topalov resurrected it again in 1999 against Vladimir Kramnik at Linares. A swashbuckler by nature, 19th-century Scottish master John Cochrane (1798 - 1878) - who is also associated with the confusing naming history of the Scotch Game - was the epitome of the early romantic era of chess, and his legacy lives on through the centuries with his daring tactical idea that survives unrefuted to this day. The Cochrane Gambit involves the sacrifice of a knight as early as move four to lure out the opponent's king in a complex board full of pieces, whilst pushing forward in the center with a mobile armada of pawns. Learn More
  45. Urusov Gambit (2 video series)
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    GM Boris Alterman explores the exciting Urusov Gambit in the Bishop's Opening with 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4!, a fertile training ground for those looking to improve their basic understanding of tactics. Documented by Ponziani in the 18th century, this gambit was first analyzed in 1857 by Russian aristocrat Prince Sergei Urusov, a close friend of the chess-playing literary icon Leo Tolstoy, and one of Russia's best players of his day. The gambit was deployed in a number of correspondence games between the two and mentioned in surviving letters in the Tolstoy collection, but alas the games themselves have been lost. Learn More
  46. Two Knights Morphy Attack (2 video series)
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    4. Ng5 in the Two Knight's Defense is an interesting, sharp move that practically wins a pawn by force, but Siegbert Tarrasch called it a "duffer's move". A common response is 4... d5 5. exd5, and we all know of the swashbuckling Wilkes-Barre Variation, Lolli Variation and the sacrificial Fried Liver Attack. But Black usually eschews all this with the main-line counter-gambit with 5...Na5. Now, in this Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman looks into the Morphy Variation with 6 d3, where Paul Morphy, the "pride and sorrow of chess," advocated trying to hang on to the pawn. Can it really be so simple for White to hang on to the pawn, or does Black have sufficient counter-play? Learn More
  47. Two Knights Chigorin Gambit (4 video series)
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    4. Ng5 in the Two Knight's Defense is an interesting, sharp move that practically wins a pawn by force, but Siegbert Tarrasch called it a "duffer's move".

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  48. Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series)
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    Central Attack Philidor Defence (3 video series) "Pawns are the soul of chess," once opined the mild-mannered 18th century French musical composer Francois-Andre Philidor, who was also the most famous chess-player of his day. Learn More
  49. Panov Attack Caro-Kann defense (3 video series)
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    GM Boris Alterman looks at the Panov-Botvinnik Attack against the Caro-Kann Defense - a line that can also be transposed to from many openings, including the Queen's Gambit and the Nimzo-Indian Defense The Panov-Botvinnik Attack has a unique important place in chess lore. After Capablanca adopted the Caro-Kann, it assumed a status as the solid way for Black to escape attacking efforts of e4 players. But Vasily Panov, a Soviet master, theoretician and Chess correspondent for Izvestia, took a different view of the situation and decided to test Blacks mettle with the direct action of 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 c4. Mikhail Botvinnik picked up on this and quickly formed it into a potent weapon that has since become the choice of determined king pawn players. Learn More
  50. Kings Gambit (5 video series)
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    King's Gambit (5 video series)

    No adventure in chess is complete without deploying a King's Gambit sometime in your career.

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