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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Scandinavian Defense with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

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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: 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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Win with Evans Gambit with FM Viktor Neustroev [TCW Academy]

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Here’s a fun fact. Fischer beat Reuben Fine in a friendly game in just 17 moves. Opening used? Evans Gambit. Fine later said Black’s job gets more difficult in this opening since you can’t play …d6 or give up a pawn to gain equality. White tries to gain a tempo or two right off the […]

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Queen’s Gambit Declined with …h6 with FM Zaur Tekeyev [TCW Academy]

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Are you looking for a serious upgrade to your anti-1.d4 repertoire? If you play Queen’s Gambit Declined (QGD) with black pieces I have great news for you. FM Zaur Tekeyev is here to present a trendy novelty when it comes to QGD! *** 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 h6 […]

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Sifting through the Rubble

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For the last month, since I got back from my disastrous tournament in Minneapolis, I haven’t shown any games from it because I thought they would be too embarrassing. But in order to learn from a failure, you have to face it and ask what happened and why. So now I’m going to start analyzing […]