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January 20, 2017
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Typical double attack scenarios in chess

Vasily Smyslov, a Russian Grandmaster and former World Chess Champion (from 1957 to 1958) used to say that in chess, we have four strong weapons. These are:   The check, The double attack, The pin, The unprotected pieces.   I hope that the first weapon (the check) is a pretty straightforward idea. You should attack the King in order to checkmate him.   In ma

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    January 18, 2017
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    12-year old Magnus Carlsen’s amazing queen sacrifice

    Attack is one of the most important and essential skills in chess. You cannot win a chess game if you cannot attack. But many chess players don’t know where to attack and how to start an attack. The right plan is required to deliver a proper and successful attack. (more…)

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  • January 14, 2017
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    Everything you need to know about the pawn structures

    Structures are very important, especially in the opening, as they shape the chess game. All the strategic elements like King’s safety, development of your pieces and control upon the center are somehow attached to the pawn structure. (more…)

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  • January 11, 2017
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    How to evaluate a position at the various stages of the game?

    If we want to better evaluate different positions of the chess game, we would consider a lot of various factors such as development, material and positional advantage, pawn structures, weaknesses, tactics and so on. (more…)

  • Grand Master Igor Smirnov, Chess Coach, Author and Publisher.
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