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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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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Trompowsky Attack with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]

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Trompowsky Attack: Are you a 1.d4 player? Tired of Black knowing all the White’s plans and shifting gears into Slav, Nimzo, King’s Indian… resulting in slow, impossible-to-win positions? GM Marian Petrov understands the pain. And he offers a much more practical and better scoring alternative to the typical White’s 1.d4! *** GM Petrov recommends the […]

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Sicilian Defense: Sveshnikov Variation with GM Marian Petrov [TCW Academy]

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Sveshnikov Sicilian: It is no secret that Sicilian Defense is the single strongest response against 1.e4. In fact, Sicilian is so strong, that many players switched to 1.d4 altogether. If you are looking for an opening to combat 1.e4, and looking for more than just equality… the choice is clear. However, playing mainstream the Sicilians […]

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Mutual Delusion

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A couple weeks ago I wrote about an online game that I played against Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner. We agreed to play a second game with the same conditions: game in 30 minutes, 5 second time delay per move, and each of us would write our comments on the game for the blog. Just as a […]