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  1. English Defense gambit (4 part series)

    English Defense gambit (4 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: English Defense gambit (4 part series) ECO: A10: Queen's pawn: Keres defense The English Defense (with 1 d4 e6 2 c4 b6) came into being during the height of the so-called "English Chess Explosion" of the late 1970s and through the 1980s, when it was championed successfully at elite level by top English grandmasters such as Tony Miles, Ray Keene, Jon Speelman and Nigel Short. While this hypermodern defense is as quintessentially English as fish and chips and high tea, that didn't stop it becoming universally played and pioneered in other countries - especially as it is full of dynamics for the player of the Black pieces with so many inventive ways to play it. And in a new series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, our resident guru of all things gambits looks at one such line being the English Defense gambit with 1 c4 b6 2 d4 e6 3 e4 Bb7 4 Nc3 Bb4 5 f3 f5 6 ef Nh6!? Learn More
  2. Damiano gambit (2 part series)

    Damiano gambit (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Damiano gambit (2 part series) ECO: C40: Damiano's defense One of the first chess books to be published in Italy, at the height of the Renaissance, was written by the Portuguese master Pedro Damiano back in 1512. In it, he noted that after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 the reply 2…Nc6 is good, 2…d6 is not so good, and 2…f6 (the opening named after him) is worst. Many believed for years thereafter that the outright refutation of the Damiano to be 3 Nxe5. However, even today, the Damiano with 2…f6?! retains something of a cult underground following. Even Bobby Fischer played the recommended refutation of it during his legendary simultaneous tour of the US in 1964 and could only draw. The shock value alone of playing the Damiano with 2…f6?! in online play has seen a lot of positive results for Black. And following many requests from ICC members on what to do against it, our resident gambit guru, GM Boris Alterman, overviews it in his latest Gambit Guide series for Chess.FM. Learn More
  3. Petroffs Defense Damiano variation (2 part series)

    Petroffs Defense Damiano variation (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Petroff's Defense Damiano variation (2 part series) ECO: C42: Petrov: Damiano variation In volume 10 of the excellent NIC series Secrets of Opening Surprises, Israeli IM Or Cohen's article, "Petroff for Beginners," overviews the mirror-image opening of the Damiano variation with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 Nxe4!? which is reduced to a small note in the ECO, but that can set many pitfalls for white, as black gets a lot more out of the “beginner’s mistake” of copying white’s moves than most players realize. Much of the new pioneering work on the Damiano variation can be attributed to the Austrian IM Friedrich Karl Volkmann, who almost single-handedly has changed the evaluation of many of the key lines once thought to refute the venerable Damiano, so-called as it is similar to the mainline of the Damiano gambit with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 f6?! 3 Nxe5 Qe7. And in his latest series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide on Chess.FM, our resident guru on all things gambits takes a closer look at all the new developments in the mainline of the Petroff's Defense Damiano variation with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 Nxe4 4 Qe2 Qe7 5 Qxe4 d6. Learn More
  4. Torre Attack: Spassky Gambit (2 part series)

    Torre Attack: Spassky Gambit (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Torre Attack: Spassky Gambit (2 part series) ECO: A46: Queen's pawn: Torre attack The Torre Attack is one of those openings that deserves more attention than it gets. Over the years, it has featured in the repertoires of the likes of Petrosian, Spassky, Kamsky, and Yusupov. It suffers somewhat from a reputation as a stodgy variation, but white can play many of its lines in a sharp fashion, and black must have a solid understanding to reach equality. One such line is the Spassky gambit with 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 Bg5 c5 4 e3 Qb6 5 Nbd2!? The idea is simple: by sacrificing the poisoned pawn on b2, white develops his pieces quickly and gets a good grip on the center, which in turn gives great attacking chances. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman demonstrates just how easy - yet lethal - the Spassky gambit is to play. Learn More
  5. Lewis Gambit

    Lewis Gambit

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Lewis Gambit ECO: C23: Bishop's opening: Wing gambit In the venerable Bishop's Opening, the Lewis Gambit, 1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Bc5 3 d4!?, named after the 19th-century top English player William Lewis, is witnessing a renaissance of sorts with many new publications, such as Dangerous Weapons 1 e4 e5, and a recent volume of Secrets of Opening Surprises showing that it is still a force to reckon with even in today's modern game. One of the reasons for this is because it offers some tricky transpositions, chiefly to the Max Lange Gambit - with 1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Bc5 3 d4 Bxd4 4 Nf3 Nc6 5 Nxd4 Nxd4 6 O-O - and it's not clear that Black can avoid getting into known lines. And also getting in on the "exhumation" of the Lewis Gambit is GM Boris Alterman, who takes a closer look at all those transposition tricks in a new series of his Gambit Guide for ICC Chess.FM. Learn More
  6. Wagner Gambit

    Wagner Gambit

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Wagner Gambit ECO: A46: Queen's pawn: Torre attack, Wagner gambit The Torre Attack is a very attractive - and easy - system for White as it allows him/her to set the agenda from the outset, preventing many counterattacking systems. It also has a deadly quick-strike potential if Black is careless or unfamiliar with the subtleties. One such can be the Wagner Gambit (1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3 e6 3 Bg5 c5 e4!?), named after the German master Heinrich Wagner (1888-1959), which leads to a sharp game, where a precise defense from Black is needed. And in a new series of Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, our resident gambit guru explores Wagner gambit. Learn More
  7. Grünfeld Gambit (5 part series)

    Grünfeld Gambit (5 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Grünfeld Gambit (5 part series) ECO: D84, D85: Grünfeld: Grünfeld gambit accepted, Grünfeld: exchange variation The Grünfeld Defence (named after the Austrian hypermodern master Ernst Grünfeld, 1913-1961) is a dynamic and popular weapon for players who look to counterattack with the black pieces. It is no wonder then that it became a particular favorite of former World Champions Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov. Part 1: Boris takes a closer looks at three critical gambit lines in the Grünfeld Defence, first up being the Grünfeld Gambit Accepted with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Bf4 Bg7 5 e3 OO 6 cxd5 Nxd5 7 Nxd5 Qxd5 8 Bxc7. Part 2: Boris takes a closer look at three critical gambit lines in the Grünfeld; the second of which being one of the big main lines of the Exchange variation with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 cxd5 Nxd5 5 e4 Nxc3 6 bxc3 Bg7 7 Bc4 c5 8 Ne2 Nc6 9 Be3 0-0 10 0-0 Bg4 11 f3 Na5 12 Bd3 cxd4 13 cxd4 Be6 14 d5 Bxa1 15 Qxa1 - an exciting exchange sacrifice credited to the ever-inventive David Bronstein, who first played it on the big stage during the Budapest Interzonal of 1950. Learn More
  8. Vienna: Frankenstein-Dracula (2 part series)

    Vienna: Frankenstein-Dracula (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Vienna: Frankenstein-Dracula (2 part series) ECO: C27: Vienna game It's trick or treat time with a special Halloween edition of Gambit Guide this week, as GM Boris Alterman investigates the Frankenstein-Dracula variation in the Vienna Opening with 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bc4 Nxe4 4 Qh5 Nd6 5 Bb3 Nc6 6 Nb5 g6 7 Qf3 f5 8 Qd5 Qe7 9 Nxc7+ Kd8 10 Nxa8 b6. This particular hair-raising exchange sacrifice in the Vienna was given it's ghoulishly gothic title by correspondence guru Tim Harding, who wrote many articles about it during the late 1970s. He explained that it is so-called because it is terrifying for both sides, and, much like those two famous gentleman of the night, has an incredible facility for rising - theory-wise at least - from the grave. Learn More
  9. Ponzianis Opening (2 part series)

    Ponzianis Opening (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Ponziani's Opening (2 part series) ECO: C44: Ponziani counter-gambit Ponziani's Opening (1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 c3) is regarded by many to be something of a relic from a bygone era in the game. Ever since its creator -- Dominico Lorenzo Ponziani -- introduced the opening in the 1760s, it has struggled for survival in tournament praxis. But a new book just published on it, Play the Ponziani (by Dave Taylor & Keith Hayward), could well see more occurrences of this venerable old opening. In the 300 page tome, the authors devote 25 pages to 3 …f5!? - the ultra-sharp option advocated by Ponziani himself, and called in his honor the Ponziani Counter-Gambit. And in a new series of Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, our gambit guru puts 3 …f5!? to the test Learn More
  10. Gajewski Gambit (2 part series)

    Gajewski Gambit (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Gajewski Gambit (2 part series) ECO: C96: Ruy Lopez: closed (9...Na5) As chess gambits go, the Gajewski Gambit with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0 0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0 0 9.h3 Na5 10.Bc2 d5!? is a relative newcomer to the game. The position after White's tenth move had been reached thousands of times with 10...c5 being universally played, before the Polish grandmaster Grzegorz Gajewski revealed recently that Black has a fascinating, almost Marshall Attack-like gambit at his disposal with 10 …d5!? The introductory game came at the 2007 Czech open, when Gajewski uncorked it against the unsuspecting Kuznetsov, in a brilliant attacking game that soon became a hot candidate for novelty of the year. It was then given the seal of approval at elite level by being taken up after this by Carlsen and Leko. And in a new series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, our gambit guru takes a closer look at the adventurous Gajewski Gambit. Learn More
  11. English Openings (5 part series)

    English Openings (5 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: English Openings (5 part series) ECO: A22, A39, A25: English: Bellon gambit, English: symmetrical, main line with d4, English: Sicilian reversed With the London Chess Classic in full-swing, it is fitting we pay homage to the English Opening, made famous by Howard Staunton, who organized the great London International Tournament of 1851, the world's first international chess tournament. Many are confused what to play against 1 c4 because it has a reputation of being solid - but in a new series of GM Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, over the next few weeks our guru takes a closer look at three enterprising gambit lines against the English, where an unsuspecting and unprepared White player can easily be intimidated and terrorized: 1) the Bellon Gambit with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Nf3 e4 4 Ng5 b5!? 2) English Symmetrical with…. 3) the reversed Grand Prix Attack with 1 c4 e5 2 Nc3 Nc6 3 g3 f5 4 Bg2 Nf6 5 d3 Bc5 6 e3 f4!? made famous by Bobby Fischer after his famous 1969 New York Metropolitan League demolition job of Anthony Saidy. Learn More
  12. Sicilian Moscow variation

    Sicilian Moscow variation

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Sicilian Moscow variation ECO: B52, B52: Sicilian: Canal-Sokolsky attack, Sokolsky variation, Sicilian: Canal-Sokolsky attack, Bronstein gambit A favorite of Gambit Guide is unquestionably the late great David Bronstein (1924-2006), who was nothing short of being a true chess genius. He was an independent thinker at the board, and our gambit guru, GM Boris Alterman has already showed in an earlier series from 2010 how his original ideas almost single-handedly re-invented the King's Indian Defence in the 1950s. Now, in a new series for 2011, he investigates two highly-respected (and typical) Bronstein gambits for rapid development in the Sicilian Moscow variation after 3. Bb5+. First up will be 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bd7 Qd7 5. c4 Qg4?! 6. 0-0! followed by 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bd7 Qd7 5. 0-0 Nc6 6.c3 Nf6 7. d4!? Learn More
  13. French - Alekhine Gambit (6 part series)

    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
  14. Shilling Gambit

    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
  15. Geller-Tolush Gambit (3 part series)

    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
  16. Siesta Variation (2 part series)

    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
  17. Riga Variation (2 part series)

    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
  18. Dilworth variation (2 part series)

    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
  19. Neo-Benko

    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
  20. Taimanov/Flick-Knife Attack (3 part series)

    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
  21. Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 part series)

    Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Schliemann Defense Deferred (2 part series) ECO: C70: Ruy Lopez: Schliemann defense deferred The Schliemann Defense Deferred, with 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 a6 4 Ba4 f5 is, of course, very similar in nature to the more popular Schliemann Defense covered during an earlier series of Gambit Guide. It has never had a good reputation, but it remains a surprise weapon with no clear refutation. The key difference between the two is that in the deferred form Black can have a timely …b5 available. The deferred was a favorite of the original chess thinker David Bronstein, and even Viktor Korchnoi used it to draw with Anantoly Karpov during their many world championship battles; lately, Alexei Shirov has played it. And in a new series of Gambit Guide, we take a closer look at the nuances of the Schliemann Deferred. Learn More
  22. Cordel Gambit (2 part series)

    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
  23. Beliavsky Gambit

    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
  24. Sveshnikov Sicilian Sacrifices on b5 (5 part series)

    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
  25. Hector Gambit (3 part series)

    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
  26. Semi-Slav Noteboom variation (4 part series)

    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
  27. Alatorsev Gambit in the Botvinnik Semi Slav (2 part series)

    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
  28. Hector Gambit in the Caro-Kann

    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
  29. Hennig-Schara Gambit (3 part series)

    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
  30. Gambit Guide Mega Pack:  c4, d4, f4, nf3 gambits!

    Gambit Guide Mega Pack: c4, d4, f4, nf3 gambits!

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    Over 41 hours of instruction! GM Boris Alterman explores the best 1. c4, 1. d4, 1. f4 and 1. Nf3 gambits! How many times have you wondered how to play against one of the many gambits that your opponents use to surprise you in the opening? Now, it's your turn to put your ace down! In this Mega Pack, GM Boris Alterman, with his straight and easy style, explains how to master most of the gambit openings you can find out there. Over 41 hours of amazing videos to understand positional, strategical and tactical tricks that will make your opening repertoire stronger than ever! The Second Mega Pack has all the 1.d4 gambits and, as a bonus, 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and 1.f4! Gambits, gambits, gambits galore! Boris investigates gambits old and new! They are all exciting to play and at the same time instructive as they teach us all about natural development of the pieces and tactics in chess. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  31. Gambit Guide Super Pack:  All Gambit Guide Openings!

    Gambit Guide Super Pack: All Gambit Guide Openings!

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    Over 100 hours of instruction! GM Boris Alterman explores all the best gambits! How many times have you wondered how to play against one of the many gambits that your opponents use to surprise you in the opening? Now, it's your turn to put your ace down! In this Mega Pack, GM Boris Alterman, with his straight and easy style, explains how to master most of the gambit openings you can find out there. Over 100 hours of amazing videos to understand positional, strategical and tactical tricks that will make your opening repertoire stronger than ever! COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP

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  32. Gambit Guide Mega Pack:  1. e4 gambits!

    Gambit Guide Mega Pack: 1. e4 gambits!

    Regular Price: $299.00

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    Over 61 hours of instruction! GM Boris Alterman explores the best 1. e4 gambits! How many times have you wondered how to play against one of the many gambits that your opponents use to surprise you in the opening? Now, it's your turn to put your ace down! In this Mega Pack, GM Boris Alterman, with his straight and easy style, explains how to master most of the gambit openings you can find out there. Over 61 hours of amazing videos to understand positional, strategical and tactical tricks that will make your opening repertoire stronger than ever! The first Mega Pack has all the 1.e4 gambit openings. Gambits, gambits, gambits galore! Boris investigates gambits old and new! They are all exciting to play and at the same time instructive as they teach us all about natural development of the pieces and tactics in chess. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  33. Essential Guide to Middle Game Mastery, by GM Boris Alterman

    Essential Guide to Middle Game Mastery, by GM Boris Alterman

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    If you’re aiming at reaching master level, or are chasing the dream of a major boost in your rating, this video series is a must. Nowadays, everyone is super prepped up in openings, you might be too, and you’re likely getting good positions out of them, but it’s in the middle game where battles are decided. In this magnificent video series, GM Alterman (ELO 2611) carefuly takes you through all the key aspects and secrets of middle game play. In this series you’re not only going to learn the essentials of middle play, you’re going to master critical topics such as ...Read More COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  34. ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

    ICC’S BEST OF THE SICILIAN COMPILATION

    $99.00

    In this series, we’re offering you a compilation of the best Sicilian Defense instructional video material from ICC’s top team of expert coaches and chess commentators. Here we’ll cover must-known variations such as the Sveshnikov, the Najdorf, the Smith Morra, and many more!

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  35. ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

    ICC’s Endgame Video Series Pack

    Regular Price: $99.95

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    Your perfect weapon to conquer opponents in the endgame. 120 videos on endgame play by top chess coaches GM Ron Henley, GM Alex Yermolinsky,  GM Alex Lenderman, NM Dan Heisman.  Watch 2 of the Endgame lessons by CLICKING HERE.
    COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP

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  36. The Trompowsky Attack Package

    The Trompowsky Attack Package

    $69.95

    Keeping your opening repertoire fresh is not just recommended, it's a must. You never want to become a predictable opening player and you want to spring surprises every time you can, keep your rivals guessing. The Trompowsky Attack with 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 - named after the Brazilian master Octavio Trompowsky (1897 - 1984) is a great choice to maintain the surprise factor in your opening arsenal and use it when you might feel your game is getting predictable. The Trompowsky package includes 22 videos and is 13 hours, 54 minutes of top-level instruction on the Trompowsky Attack! Learn More
  37. Gambits against the French

    Gambits against the French

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    Looking for ways to defeat the French Defense? Look no further as Grandmaster Boris Alterman covers three sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the French Defense. You receive ten top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis.

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  38. Gambits against the Sicilian

    Gambits against the Sicilian

    $29.95

    Looking for ways to defeat the Sicilian defense?  GM Boris Alterman and GM Alex Lenderman cover four sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Sicilian Defense. You receive 12 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings. Learn More
  39. Gambits against the Ruy Lopez

    Gambits against the Ruy Lopez

    Regular Price: $29.95

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    If you're looking for ways to bust the Ruy Lopez, then this video series is for you! Grandmaster Boris Alterman and Grandmaster Ronen Har-zvi cover several sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Ruy Lopez. You receive 27 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings.

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  40. Gambits against the Sicilian, the French and the Ruy Lopez

    Gambits against the Sicilian, the French and the Ruy Lopez

    Regular Price: $79.95

    Special Price $69.95

    If you're looking for ways to bust the Sicilian, the French or the Ruy Lopez, then this video series is for you! Grandmaster Boris Alterman and Grandmaster Ronen Har-zvi cover several sharp and aggressive opening gambits you can play against the Sicilian, French and Ruy Lopez. You receive 49 top quality videos of Grandmaster analysis on these exciting openings.

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