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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Polgar Chess University Advanced Bundle

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    Attack, defense and instructive games: GM Susan Polgar, coach of many very strong GMs including top 10 player Wesley So, teaches the advanced player the subtleties of attacking play using the most instructive games of chess legends such as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.

    Positional play and strategy: Susan discusses the more advanced topics of positional chess and strategy. Some of the concepts, such as using open files and weak color complexes, might be familiar which will help as Susan shows how they are used at the elite level.


    Chess tactics and endgames: Susan looks at deep sacrificial ideas from Grandmaster games, deconstructing them to reveal how they work and how we can find them in our own games. We see increasingly creative ideas and their inner logic plus familiar sacrifices that require an extra layer of subtlety to distract our opponents. Using the games of Anand, Shirov and Kramnik, we learn how to calculate in complicated positions as well as some advanced tactical patterns we can use in our own games. COMES WITH ONE (1) MONTH OF BONUS ICC MEMBERSHIP Learn More
  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. First Approach (5 part series)
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    First Approach (5 part series) ECO: E62, E06, A30 Opening: King's Indian: 3.g3, Catalan: closed, 5.Nf3, English opening Players: Mecking, Kazimdzhanov, Baginstait, Melekinha, Ribli , Karpov, Poluljahov, Beshukov Type of show: Endgame, Midgame, Opening Endgame type: R+P vs B+2P, Rook ending Learn More
  31. 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
  32. Chess & Friendship (5 part series)
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    Chess & Friendship (5 part series) ECO: C03, E90, E40, B04, A48, E11 Opening: French: Tarrasch, King's Indian: 5.Nf3, Nimzo-Indian: 4.e3, Alekhine's defense: modern, Larsen variation, King's Indian: Torre attack /Bogo-Indian defense, Nimzovich variation Players: Lukyanov, Yermolinsky, Mezentsev, Atalik, Yermolinsky, Bologan, Atalik, Blehm, Atalik, Yermolinsky, Yermolinsky, Shabalov, Yermolinsly, Khalifman Learn More
  33. A Tribute to GM Tseshkovsky (3 part series)
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    A Tribute to GM Tseshkovsky (3 part series) ECO: B05, A30, B90, C18 Opening: Alekhine's defense: modern, Flohr variation, English: symmetrical, three knights system/Sicilian: Najdorf, Byrne (English) attack / French: Winawer, classical variation, French: Winawer, advance, poisoned pawn variation Players: Tseshkovsky, Hort, Yermolinsky Type of show: Game analysis, Endgame Endgame type: Rook ending Learn More
  34. It’s the 70’s show! (2 part series)
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    It’s the 70’s show! (2 part series) ECO: A30, A52 Opening: English: symmetrical, hedgehog system, Budapest Players: Sturua, Yermolinsky, Anastasian, Yermolinsky Type of show: Opening Learn More
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Rook vs Minor pieces (5 part series)
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    Rook vs Minor pieces (5 part series) Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: R vs N+B Learn More
  40. Rook + Opposite Color Bishop (9 part series)
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    Rook + Opposite Color Bishop (9 part series) Players: Yermolinsky, Naroditsky, Blatny Type of show: Endgame Endgame type: R+B vs R+B Learn More
  41. 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
  42. A Tribute to WGM Elena Akhmilovskaya-Donaldson
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    A Tribute to WGM Elena Akhmilovskaya-Donaldson Opening: C92, D53: Ruy Lopez: closed, Flohr-Zaitsev system (Lenzerheide variation) , QGD Player(s): Chiburdnidze, Akhmilovkaya,Khurtsidze, Donaldson 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. Bishop vs. Knight
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    Bishop vs. Knight Player(s): Caruana, Gelfand Learn More
  45. On the Road…
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    On the Road… Opening: E71: King's Indian: Makagonov system (5.h3) Player(s): Yermolinsky, Raptis Learn More
  46. An instructive Game
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    An instructive Game Opening: A61: Benoni defense Player(s): Atalik, Milanko Learn More
  47. Endgames by method (8 part series)
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    Endgames by method Opening: : Player(s): Polugaevsky, Vasikukov Learn More
  48. 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
  49. Back from Chicago - 2013 (5 part series)
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    Back from Chicago Opening: E12 Queen's Indian: Unusual White 4th moves D90 Grünfeld: Three knights variation B53 Sicilian: 2…d6: Lines with Qxd4 A13 English Opening: 1…e6 E60 King's Indian: Unusual lines and Fianchetto Variation without Nc3 Player(s): Yermolinsky, Rosen, Kleinman, Mikhalevski, Kavutskiy, Atalik Learn More
  50. 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

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