A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 3

I hope you’re ready for some very, very challenging endgame analysis! Today we’ll have what I think is the most difficult and interesting of my four posts on what I call the “Fine endgame”: rook plus 4 pawns versus rook plus 3 pawns, with the stronger side enjoying an outside passed pawn (usually on the […]

Students Analysis (11)

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“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Our Provincial Junior Championship returned to in-person play this year. The games were played during the Nov 19-20 weekend. A number of our past and current … Continue reading “Students Analysis (11)”

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Max Lange Attack for White with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

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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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Need sure points? QGD, Ragozin Variation Edition

“If you want to play for a draw, don’t leave anything to chance. Just force either a completely drawn ending or a perpetual.” Magnus Carlsen It took me a while to get into the Ragozin defence of QGD. I played with success the Catalan for a number of years and forcing Nb8-c6 in front of … Continue reading “Need sure points? QGD, Ragozin Variation Edition”

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A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 2

Last time I introduced a new series of four posts about a very basic (but very difficult) rook and pawn endgame. It’s the endgame where one side (we’ll say White) is a pawn up, and that pawn is an outside passed pawn (we’ll say an a-pawn). As per the “Tarrasch Rule,” the best defensive position […]

Tactical 1.e4: Why is It Perfect for Attacking Players?

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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