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OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor November 26, 2015

Winning with the French Winawer 5.Bd2 line

GM Roman Dzindzichashvili believes in getting an advantage early on in games which is why he is constantly searching (and finding) surprise weapons and mastering them. Most club players expect the main lines when playing their favorite openings so there is a big opportunity to drown them in unchartered waters if [...]
OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor November 23, 2015

Win as Black with the Kings Indian Defense!

The Kings Indian Defense (KID) has long been the choice of players looking to win as Black against 1.d4 and was the weapon of choice of players like Fischer and Kasparov with Nakamura and Radjabov being modern day exponents. At  first glance, the Kings Indian doesn’t look so dangerous. White establishes [...]
OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor November 22, 2015

Fire on Board – the tactics of Alexei Shirov

Fire on Board – the tactics of Alexei Shirov Alexei Shirov is one of the greatest chess tacticians of modern times, renowned not only for his incredible calculating ability but also his creativity. He is able to see moves that just would not cross the mind of other players who [...]
OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor November 16, 2015

Carlsen Crushes with the Catalan Opening!

The Catalan Opening (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2) is a great opening for players who prefer to understand the strategic ideas of an opening instead of memorizing dozens of lines of theory. Played by many World Champions, it has proven especially popular with Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen [...]
OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor November 16, 2015

Magical Endgame Tactics

Magical Endgame Tactics Most people associate winning tactics with the middlegame or perhaps an opening trap but they can, and do, occur in the endgame too. In fact, endgame tactics are often of rare beauty as the following examples show. See if you can solve these 3 endgame tactics and let us [...]