In this previous post, I shared the opening that IM Ratkovic found to work exceptionally well for his students. Quick reminder… Four Knights Game Scotch Variation (FNGSV). It is an amazing weapon against 1…e5, leading to excellent positions for White. It is a low theory, easy to learn, and (surprisingly) not overwhelmingly popular among the […]
I have some VERY interesting insight to share with you today… that will make opening play whole a lot simpler for you. IM Milovan Ratkovic was going behind the scenes into the opening preparation of his students. He analyzed everything in-depth. Broke everything down into what works and what doesn’t. Made a list of the […]
The best approach for dealing with the Sicilian Defense depends on your personal playing style and preferences. As White, you can choose to play sharp, theoretical lines or adopt a more positional strategy. If you prefer to avoid extensive study of theory but still want to take the initiative from the start of the game, […]
Positions with Imbalances: Most club players think that ‘imbalances’ is an advanced concept that only Grandmasters understand. It can’t be further from the truth. Imbalance simply means that the material on the board isn’t equal. Positions like Two Rook vs. Queen, Two Minor Pieces vs. Rook, or Three Minor Pieces vs. Queen are all considered […]
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Wing Gambit: Sicilian Defense is one of the most common responses against 1.e4. So, if you play 1.e4 you really have two options… Option 1 is to learn a TON of opening theory and hope to beat your opponent at their “home-field” pet lines (Difficulty level: Very Hard). Option 2 is to confuse, […]
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Petroff Defense is one of the most solid and reliable openings in chess. White has always been struggling to find an advantage against it. It usually leads to symmetrical and balanced positions where it is hard to complicate the game. It makes Black’s play rather simple and straightforward. In the last two World Championship matches, […]
Budapest Gambit: Are you looking for an opening against 1.d4 that… Leads to fast and furious attacks by Black. Check. Avoids your opponent’s home preparation and pet lines. Check. Prevents drawish and boring play. Check. GM Marian Petrov has got just what you need. Play the Budapest Gambit. It is the off-the-radar opening that is […]
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Owen’s Defense: When it comes to studying openings, most of the players look for shortcuts and skip studying the rare ones. It gives their opponents good chances to surprise them with off-beat openings. One such option is Owen’s Defense. It is a flexible hypermodern opening. Black allows the first player to conquer the center and […]
Looking for a very sharp opening with White pieces? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends… Max Lange Attack. This is a perfect choice for attacking players that will always keep your opponent on their toes. And if they don’t know the theory the game will lead straight to a HUGE upset! *** *** 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 […]
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Scandinavian Defense: Need a low-theory, and a simple-to-play response to 1.e4? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends one of the oldest and most well-tested openings… the Scandinavian Defense. Why? First, White has no way of avoiding the Scandinavian after playing 1.e4. After 1…e5 the game is on! Second, White has limited options and Black is forcing the […]
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Tactical 1.e4: When it comes to building an Opening Repertoire, it is important to consider the player’s strengths and weaknesses. Many people underperform because their openings don’t match their style. It is easy to imagine a strong positional player getting lost in tactical jungles as well as a strong tactician making no sense in a […]
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Max Lange Attack is a dangerous attacking weapon that White has at their disposal in a number of openings. You can reach the same position from six different move orders and we will take a look at those in a moment. The line got its name after Max Lange, a German player, theoretician, and problem […]
Find a Winning Plan: Every chess game is a collection of small plans that players come up with in order to advance their forces and outplay the opponent. Once the home preparation is over, the two players have to prove their understanding of the position on the board. To make progress, they need to slowly […]
Win with Black Pieces: The player with the White pieces moves first in chess, which gives them a certain advantage. They can choose what direction the game will take and can fight for the initiative from the start. At the beginner level, such an advantage doesn’t matter. There, the game is too hectic. But the […]
Studying openings is one of the most popular activities among chess players. It is reasonable: if you are good at openings, you get a head-start for the middlegames or even endgames. The first stage of the game is also the most predictable one. You can cook certain lines or traps at home and then catch […]
Sveshnikov Sicilian: The Sicilian is the most popular answer to 1.e4 and is one of the openings we can find at any level, from club players to the very top. The reason why so many players employ it is it usually arises from unbalanced positions, with good fighting chances for both sides. It is also […]