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  1. Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)

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    Repertoire for Black - The French (21 part series)
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  2. Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Build your opening repertoire - KID Averbakh  (10 videos)

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    Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Build your opening repertoire - KID Averbakh Opening: E73: E74, E75 Player(s): Lerner, Yermolinsky, Atalik, Agzamov, Yermolinsky, Glyanets, Lputian, Moskalenko, Yermolinsky, Basin, Yermolinsky, Sharafuddin, Kaidanov, Kamsky, Polugaevsky, Uhlmann The Averbakh System, along with its variants such the Petrosian Variation in the Classical (early d4-d5) and the unnamed h3...Bg5 system, represents a shift in White's approach to combatting the Kings Indian. No series on the Averbakh KID can be complete without some coverage of the classical games in the Symmetrical Benoni structure (parts 7-8), but there are some new development there as well (parts 9-10) Enjoy! Learn More
  3. Isolated Pawns (15 part series)

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    Isolated Pawns (15 part series) Players: Kortchnoi, Karpov, Boleslavsky, Kotov, Neukirch, Uhlman, Karpov, Vogt, Portisch, Karpov, Botvinnik, Flohr, Rubinstein, Rotlevi, Ivanchuk, Aronian, Rubinstein, Salwe, Kasparov, Illescas, Gligoric, Keres, Portisch, Botvinnik, Szabo, Yussupow, Ljuboljevic, Lautier, Short, Romanishin, Psakhis, Sargissian, Halkias,Petrossian, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Alekhine, Sokolov, Cebalo, Botvinnik, Petrossian, Kasparov, Karpov, Stein, Peterson, Larsen, Penrose, Nilson, Stolze, Ljubojevic, Karpov, Portisch, Donner, Antonio, Georgiev, Andersson, Rosberg, Flohr, Romanovsky, Chamier, Clerc, Lafreuchoux, Maleki, Nikolic, Mamedyarov, Schulman, Sekely,Avrukh, Kovalev ECO: In chess, an isolated pawn is a pawn which has no friendly pawn on an adjacent file. An isolated queen's pawn is often called an isolani. Isolated pawns are usually a weakness because they cannot be protected by other pawns. In practice, an isolated pawn is often a concern when it's placed on a open file, thus becoming an easy target for the enemy's pieces. In this series IM John Watson looks at all kinds of isolated pawns, and teaches us how to deal with this particular structural weakness. Learn More
  4. Endgames by method (8 part series)

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    Endgames by method Opening: : Player(s): Polugaevsky, Vasikukov Learn More
  5. Philidors defense (18 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Philidor's defense, Philidor's defense - Modern variations, Philidor-like approach to 1.d4 d6, Philidor-like approach to 1.d4, Philidor- Wade defense 1 d4 d6 2 Nf3 Bg4 (18 part series). C41, B07, C41, A42, A41: Philidor's defense 3… Nd7 & 3… Nf6,Philidor: Hanham variation, Philidor's defense ,Philidor: Improved Hanham variation,Philidor: Improved Hanham variation 8… b6. "Pawns are the soul of chess," once declared the mild-mannered 18th century French musical composer Francois-Andre Philidor, who was also the most famous chess-player of his day. He championed a simple pawn move defense with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 as an alternative to the more common 2 …Nc6 that was named after him. The Philidor is a dynamic and underrated answer for club and tournament players as it offers an exciting fighting alternative to the lengthy theoretical paths of the Ruy Lopez and Sicilian. And in recent years, it has seen a revival thanks to books such as The Black Lion and the Philidor Files. Learn More
  6. Rook Endgames by Ron W. Henley

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    GM Ron W. Henley is an American Grandmaster best known for his role as second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in several matches in the 1990s! As Ron puts it: “Rooks are the last pieces to come out and develop, so it's easy to see why more than 50% of the endings in a chess game are rook endings. Rook endings should be mastered by any chess player who wants to improve their game and their results”. In this elegantly crafted video series, you will be guided on a journey to Rook endgame excellence. The video series is divided into 14 videos. Learn More

  7. As en la Manga para las negras

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    Hola amig@s! Soy Michael Rahal, Maestro Internacional de Ajedrez. Muchos de vosotros me conoceréis ya de ICC, y de mi popular colección de vídeos "El As en la Manga".
    Ahora os presento "El As en la Manga para negras!" Una colección de videos desde la perspectiva de la negras, con ideas agresivas para sorprender a tu rival. En esta primera serie ofrezco una arma contra 1.e4: la defensa Siciliana variante Lowenthal NOVEDAD -> Vamos a obsequiar a todos los que compren esta serie, una sesion de preguntas/respuestas conmigo a traves de video streaming! ¡Muchas gracias, y nos vemos en ICC! MI Michael Rahal 

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  8. Art of Calculation with IM Andrey Ostrovskiy

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    In this 3+ hour course, IM Andrey Ostrovskiy shares his exact methodology and calculation blueprint that took him over 16 years to develop and polish. IM Ostrovskiy’s ideas were successfully applied by his private students, resulting in many won tournaments and obtained titles.” Learn More
  9. Grandmaster Level Calculation with GM Daniel Gormally

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    “Calculation is really the bread and butter of being an elite chess player. Without the ability to out-calculate your opponents it is nearly impossible to get consistent results.” Learn More
  10. Bishop Opening (5 part series)

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    Bishop Opening (5 part series) Players: Kasparov, Giorgadze, Sermek, Gostisa, Kasparov, Bareev, Vorobiov, Belukhin, Shaposhnikov, Lastin, Howell, Bindrich, Adams, Gyimesi, Kobalia, Petkov, Ems, Ledger ECO: C41, C50, C24, C54 IM John Watson is a renowned chess teacher, and with his new show he's going to put at your service his great teaching experience. In these videos, IM Watson is going to help you build your own opening repertoire, explaining the ideas that lie behind the moves; that's it, you won't have to memorize long sequences of moves in order to play your openings! Watson's lectures are going to sharpen your chess-sense, make you aware of what's going on over the 64-square beloved piece of wood (or the few pixels that it takes to see a board on your screen), and get a good "feeling" about your position. Every Tuesday at 3:00pm ICC time, don't miss the new and amazing Chess.FM show: Sharpen your chess-sense with IM John Watson! This week IM Watson continues his interesting series, about a typical piece of repertoire for White: 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 - The Bishop Opening. John will analyze for us the moves that Black can play as his second move, and explain us how this opening configuration can evolve on the board, converging into a number of different well-known opening lines. Don't miss this formative and interesting series, and 'store' another great piece of opening repertoire for your future successes! Learn More
  11. Alapin Sicilian (9 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: Alapin Sicilian (9 part series). B22: Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3). For many players not having the time or inclination studying the never-ending labyrinth of mainline Sicilians, such as the Najdorf, Dragon, Taimanov and Sveshnikov, the Alapin with 1. e4 c5 2. c3 has proved to be a very popular alternative. It is named after the Russian master Semyon Alapin (1856-1923), and today it is one of the most solid and respected Anti-Sicilians, championed by many club players and leading grandmasters, such as Evgeny Sveshnikov, Eduardas Rozentalis and Sergey Tiviakov. And now in his latest series of "New Ideas In... " , GM Ronen Har-Zvi takes a closer look at this very popular Anti-Sicilian line. Learn More
  12. The Center (4 part series)

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    The Center (4 part series) Players: Estrin, Libov, Kramnik, Svidler, Postny, Shahade, Ivanov, Mikhalevski, Yakhovich, Mathe, VallejoPons, Kopjonkin, Ulko, Kristinsson , Malich, PolgarS, Sharif, Bologan, Matousek, Gofstein, Bindrich, Geiling, PolgarJ, Spassky ECO: We all know how important the center of the board is in a chess game. The four squares d4-d4-e4-e5 are the center of the board, and controlling those squares is the aim of virtually every openings. Concept as "classical" or "Big" center are the subject of this interesting series by IM John Watson. He will show you how to control, directly or indirectly, the 'core' of the board, from which usually start any strategic and tactical ideas in the game. Starting from the very basics, John goes through this important subject to take you up to the more complicated situations, all aimed to control those findamental four squares. Learn More
  13. Every Russian Schoolboy Knows:  Build you opening repertoire - Caro-Kann (4 videos)

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    Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Build you opening repertoire - Caro-Kann Opening: B12: Caro-Kann Learn More
  14. Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Anti-Grunfeld systems (7 part series). A15, A05: English opening, English opening with Qa4+. The Grunfeld Defense is one of those annoying openings that torment all 1 d4 players. After 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 Black immediately begins active operations in the center and, more importantly, forces White to memorize a labyrinth of variations if he hopes to have any real chance at walking away with an advantage. But have no fear as there’s one Anti-Grunfeld line - favored by Veselin Topalov, among others - that’s fast becoming a panacea for white with easy play and troubles for black, and that’s lines with 4 Qa4+. And in a new series of Ronen’s Opening Survey, our openings expert takes a look at these Anti-Grunfeld lines. Learn More
  15. The 150 Attack  (7 part series)

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    New Ideas in…: The 150 Attack (7 part series). B07: Pirc defense. In the latest of his "New Ideas In... " series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi looks at " The 150 Attack, " a sharp line for white against the Pirc that was pioneered in the 1980s by a new generation of English players, such as John Nunn, Nigel Short and Mickey Adams. The main idea is Be3, Qd2, Bh6, advance the h-pawn and then deliver mate. Naturally, this seemed too good to be true and was quickly dubbed the 150 Attack (a peculiarity of the English grading system, with 150 equating to 1800 Elo), since it seemed that only a club player would use such a blatant attacking system and expect the game to finish in checkmate. Learn More
  16. Queen's Gambit Declined (6 part series)

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    The Move 2.c4 after 1. d4 d5 characterizes the Queen's Gambit, and allows White to attack the center. Black can reply 2. ... e6, entering in the widely used and famous QGD - Queen Gambit Declined. This is the subject of the new video-lecture series by opening expert IM John Watson. The QGD is a very important piece of chess opening theory, and it should be mastered by any chess player who wants to tackle the game seriously.
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  17. Queen's Gambit Accepted (6 part series)

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    Queen’s Gambit Accepted Opening: D21: Queen's Gambit Accepted Player(s): Greenfeld, Korchnoi, Vitiugov, Rublevsky, Graf, Ibarra Jerez, Giri, Laznicka, Kozuk, Sermek, Bagaturov, Lima, Gelfand, Lautier, Pelletier, Domont, Anand, Adianto, Kasparov, Kamsky, Avrukh, Rublevsky, Shariyazdanov, Rustemov, Alekhine, Gruenfeld Learn More
  18. 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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  19. Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Anti-Dutch 2 Bg5 (5 part series). A80: Dutch, 2.Bg5 variation. Players wishing to play the Dutch Defense must certainly pay as much attention to Anti-Dutch systems as they do to the main line, as it is these very lines that can more frequently arise at club level. And one of the most popular is the tricky 1 d4 f5 2 Bg5, a line that’s certainly a blood brother of the Trompowsky Attack. Black has to be extremely careful when facing 2 Bg5, because many up against this line have fallen victim to a miniature with White winning with a crushing attack in under 25 moves. This line is also a favorite in online play, and especially here on ICC! And in a new series of Ronen’s Opening Survey, GM Ronen Har-Zvi explores the cut and thrust of the blood-thirsty Anti-Dutch with 2 Bg5. Learn More
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. Benko Gambit (4 video series)

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    GM Boris Alterman explores the Benko Gambit (1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 d5 b5).

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  24. 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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  25. Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: Caro-Kann Defense: Fantasy variation (5 part series). B12: Caro-Kann: Tartakower (fantasy 3.f3) variation . We all know the classical variation of the Caro-Kann, with 3.Nc3 after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5, or the modern variation with 3.Nd2, the exchange variation with 3.exd5, and the advance variation with 3.e5, but the fantasy variation with 3.f3 has gained popularity in the last 2-3 years, since when GM Nepomniachtchi used it in some important games that allowed the young Russian talent to win the European Individual Chess Championship in 2010. White fights to keep his central pawns even at the cost of weakening his king, as most of the times his idea will be to caste queen-side. The likes of Ivanchuk, Timofeev, Judit Polgar and Jobava are used to play this variation. The line is mainly considered be aggressive, with play in the center and attack against black's king. GM Ronen Indiana-Jones Har-Zvi, in his 5-video series, takes us through the labyrinth of this interesting variation of the super-famous Caro-Kann Defense. Learn More
  26. The Chinese Dragon (4 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: The Chinese Dragon (4 part series). B78: Sicilian: chinese dragon, aka Yugoslav attack, 10.O-O-O. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon in China. We could not miss the opportunity to get into this popular and widely debated Opening Defense. Belgian Fide Master Luc Henris, who was living in China with his Chinese wife, christened the variation “Chinese Dragon” (e4 c5 Nf3 d6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 Nf6 Nc3 g6 Be3 Bg7 f3 Nc6 Qd2 0-0 Bc4 Bd7 0-0-0 Rb8) when he wrote a ground-breaking article about it for Yearbook 62, and that is when the name Chinese Dragon came to the world. If you like aggressive action, then you are in for a treat. The Chinese Dragon is a new way to look at the Sicilian Dragon Defense, and allows Black to strike first in the pawn race. Many strong GMs play this variation, such as Magnus Carlsen, Teimour Radjabov and Vassily Ivanchuk. Usually in the Sicilian Defense, and especially the Dragon variation, Black will put his rook on c8, to get maximum pressure down the c-file. However, in the Chinese Dragon, Black puts his rook on b8 to allow a quick push of his b-pawn. The pawn is immune from capture due to the quick and deadly attack Black gets on both the b and c files. However, many opponents fall for the trap and eat the pawn. After putting his rook on b8 on move 10, Black's goal is simple. Play b5, Na5-Nc4, and force white to capture the knight, opening the b-file to attack down. After the b file is open, play Qb6 to double up on the b file, bring the other rook to c8 for maximum pressure, and if needed push the a pawn as well. It is a simple formula that can be played almost automatically. In his new series of the always interesting “Opening Survey” show, GM Ronen shows you all the “nip ‘n ’tips” of this intriguing variation of the Sicilian Defense. Learn More
  27. French out of nothing ! (3 part series)

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    Ronen's Opening Survey: French out of nothing ! #1. C01: French. The French exchange variation - 3.Nc3 Bb4 4. exd5 - is a very simple and non-theoretical system, which simply aims at getting a solid position and let you play. Magnus Carlsen's win at the Bilbao tournament has a lot to do with simple systems against the French: first his 2.d3 win against Caruana, and then the Exchange Variation again Vallejo. In his new series, GM Ronen Har-Zvi - always up to to bring us the last fashionable openings - analyzes games and variations of this "French out of nothing" way to play the famous opening Learn More
  28. The Triangle Structure in the Semi-Slav (4 part series)

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    The Triangle Structure in the Semi-Slav (4 part series) Players: Illescas, Kramnik, Uhlma Larsen, Nikolic, Paunovic, Popov, Skatchov, Taimanov, Trifunovic, Jussupov, Kenkin, Gelfand, Shabalov, GrandaZunica, Dominguez, Gravaiev, Mikalchichin, Notkin, Makarov, Avrukh ECO: The triangle structure is usually associated with the Semi-Slav defense. In this series, IM John Watson shows some very famous games, such as Topalov vs. Kramnik (World Championship), to illustrate yet another important pawn structure: Black's pawn form a triangle in e6, d5 and c6, creating a barrier and controlling the center. Learn More
  29. London System (4 part series)

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    London System (4 part series) Players: Blatny, Luchan, Acosta, Velasquez, McKenna, MacRae, Spassky, Bukic, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Speelman, Haik, Kovacevic, Byrne, Petrosian, Chistiakov, Vaganian, Kupreichik ECO: D02 , A80 IM Watson starts with 1.d4 to help you build your opening repertoire. Basically the London is a set of solid lines where after 1.d4 White quickly develops his dark-squared bishop to f4 and normally bolsters his center with  pawns on c3 and e3 rather than expanding. Although it has the potential for a quick kingside attack, the white forces are generally flexible enough to engage in a battle anywhere on the board. Historically it developed into a system mainly from three variations: 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4; 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4; 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4. Learn More
  30. The Great Botvinnik (4 part series)

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    The Great Botvinnik (4 part series) ECO: B60, E10, B06 Opening: Sicilian: Richter-Rauzer, English opening, Robatsch (modern) defense Players: Botvinnik,Smyslov, Benko, Najdorf, Matulovic, Type of show: Midgame Endgame type: Rook ending, Q+B+P vs Q+B+P Learn More
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. The missing pages of Kasparov’s books (4 part series)

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    The missing pages of Kasparov’s books (4 part series) ECO: B82, D37, E12, C45 Opening: Sicilian: Scheveningen, 6.f4, QGD: 4.Nf3, Queen's Indian: 4.Nc3, Scotch: Schmidt variation Players: Mikhalchishin, Kasparov, Karpov Type of show: Game analysis Learn More
  34. Typical Patterns of Play in the Kings Indian Defense (4 part series)

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    Typical Patterns of Play in the Kings Indian Defense (4 part series) ECO: E97, E92, E94 Opening: King's Indian: orthodox, Aronin-Taimanov variation (Yugoslav attack / Mar del Plata variation), King's Indian: Gligoric-Taimanov system, King's Indian: orthodox variation Players: Beliavsky, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, Yermonlinsky, Poluliakhov, Meyer Type of show: Midgame Learn More
  35. The Rook: the best defender your money can buy (4 part series)

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    The Rook: the best defender your money can buy (4 part series) Players: Yermolinsky, Fedorov Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: Rook ending Learn More
  36. Bishop vs. Knight (4 part series)

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    Bishop vs. Knight (4 part series) Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: B vs N Learn More
  37. Vitolinsh Gambits (4 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Vitolinsh Gambits' (4 part series) ECO: E32, E46: Nimzo-Indian: classical, Adorjan gambit, Nimzo-Indian: Reshevsky variation IM Alvis Vitolinsh (1946-1997) was a multi-time Latvian champion who was a friend of Mikhail Tal and worked alongside the Magician from Riga. His style of play was similar to Tal’s, and in the early 1980s he came up with some creative gambit play with b5!? for Black in two lines of the Nimzo-Indian Defence that bore his name. The first being in the Capablanca variation with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3 6 Qxc3 b5!?, the other in the Reshevsky variation with 4 e3 0-0 5 Ne2 b5!? - both leading to the sort of dynamic play that can easily see White being overrun if not handled correctly. And in his next four Gambit Guide shows, GM Boris Alterman will look at this aggressive way of playing for Black in the Nimzo with the Vitolinsh Gambits’ - series 1 & 2 against the Capablanca variation with 4 Qc2 0-0 5 a3 Bxc3 6 Qxc3 b5!?, followed by 3 & 4 on the Reshevsky variation with 4 e3 0-0 5 Ne2 b5!? Learn More
  38. Vienna Gambit (4 part series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Vienna Gambit (4 part series) ECO: C29: Vienna gambit, Vienna gambit, Steinitz variation The Vienna Gambit with 1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 (or 2 …Nc6) 3 f4 is a wilder scion of the Vienna Game, and it firmly belongs to the 19th Century when Rudolph Spielmann was flying the lone flag of romanticism in the face of scientific chess. But the Vienna Gambit is still as deadly now as it was back ithen; where Black can very quickly become the victim of a bludgeoning whirlwind attack if he isn't careful. And in his latest Gambit Guide series, GM Boris Alterman believes now could well by the time again to shock and awe your opponents with the Vienna Gambit Learn More
  39. Anti-Benoni/Benko system (4 part  series)

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    Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide: Anti-Benoni/Benko system (4 part series) ECO: A31: English: symmetrical, Benoni formation Looking to play a Benoni, Benko or perhaps a Blumenfeld gambit? Well, what happens when your opponent opts to be a spoiler by playing an Anti-Benoni/Benko system with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3? There is the option of the aggressive 3 ...cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5!? - a gambit with a good reputation and pedigree, having being played and pioneered by a young Garry Kasparov. The Anti-Benoni/Benko Gambit often leads to sharp play with easy and harmonious development of the Black's pieces. And in a new series of Boris Alterman's Gambit Guide, our resident gambit guru takes a closer look at the Anti-Benoni/Benko Gambit with 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 Nf3 cxd4 4 Nxd4 e5!? Learn More
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. Positional Queen Sacrifice (4 part series)

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    Positional Queen Sacrifice Player(s): Yermolinsky, Machulsky, Kaidanov, Christiansen, Zagrebelny, Benjamin, Morozevic, Volokitin, , Egin, Topalov Former World Champion and legendary chess teacher Mikhail Botvinnik was the originator of the “Every Russian school boy knows” chess aphorism, which alluded to the fact that thousands of unknown schoolboys back in Russia - due to the intense training methods they received from a young age - likely knew more about the game than most professionals did in the West. One player who came through that legendary Soviet training camp is former U.S. Champion GM Alexander Yermolinsky. Learn More
  43. Isolated Pawn (4 part series)

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    Every Russian Schoolboy Knows: Isolated Pawn #1 Opening: D16: QGD Slav: Soultanbeieff variation A46 Queen's pawn: Torre attack B22 Sicilian: Alapin's variation (2.c3) Player(s): Radjabov, Svidler, Radjabov, Svidler , Navara, Svidler, Yermolinsky, Gurevich, Benjamin, Yermolinsky. Learn More
  44. Heroes of the Candidates (4 part series)

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    Heroes of the Candidates FIDE London Candidates 2013 Opening: various Player(s): Grischuk, Radjabov, Aronian, Gelfand, Ivanchuk,Carlsen, Kramnik, Svidler Learn More
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. Two Pawns Down but Alive and Kicking (4 part series)

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    Two Pawns Down but Alive and Kicking Players : Nakamura, Topalov, Gefanas, Yermolinsky, Dzuban, Rozenkrantz, Eljashoff, Schiffers, Trenchard, Balashov, Aleksandrov, Kurajica, Marjanovic Learn More
  48. Easy Come Easy Go - A story of Modern Opening Preparation  (4 part series)

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    Easy Come Easy Go - A story of Modern Opening Preparation Opening: A14, B43 English Opening, Sicilian C11, D47 French, QGD Semislav B01, C29 Scandinavian, Vienna Gambit C41, A35 Philidor Defense, English Defense Player(s): Panjwani, Yermolinsky, Neimer, Karjakin, Topalov, Le Quang Liem, Vachier-Lagrave, Papaioannou, Jobava, Mamedyarov Wang Hao, Giri, Ding Liren, Learn More
  49. Next Generation (4 part series)

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    Next Generation Opening: D00, E62 Queen's pawn, Mason variation, King's Indian: fianchetto with ...Nc6 E32, A05 Nimzo-Indian: classical variation, English Opening D56, A05 QGD: Larker defense, Reti E62, D90 King's Indian, Grunfeld Player(s): Kamsky, Korobov, Ding Liren, Nakamura, Kramnik, Li, Meier, Ipatov, Mamedyarov, Aronian, Karjakin Learn More
  50. Looking back at 2013 (4 part series)

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    Opening: D37, D90: Queen's Gambit Declined, Grunfeld A40 Queen's Pawn Game D01, D02 Richter-Veresov Attack, Queen's pawn game Player(s): Yermolinsky, Bryant, Gareev, Van Wely, Karjakin, Arbakov, Kaidanov, Naiditsch, Harikrishna Learn More

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