An unexamined life is not worth living.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Sunday, January 31, 2016
I covered the Slav Exchange structure in my Exchange Slav - Strategy and Tactics ebook, but here are a couple of fresh examples I’d like to bring up to illustrate some ideas in this structure.
Rusev, K. - Ni Hua
XXIV Rapid 2009.07.25 , D14
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. O-O Bxc3 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Rfc1 Ne4 13. Qa3
- The remoteness of white heavy pieces from the kingside allows Black to begin the hunt for the white bishop.
- Black's initiative persists into the endgame while the White's extra pawn is not very useful at this point.
Aleksandr Rakhmanov - Dmitry Jakovenko
13th European Individual Championship 2012.03.22 , D14
1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Bf4 Bf5 7. e3 e6 8. Bb5 Nd7 9. Qb3 Be7 10. O-O
- It turns out that White just castled into a full blown pawn storm on the kingside.
- Black has connected the heavy pieces by getting the king out of the way, and the doubling of queen and rook along the h file is a serious threat now.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
This post using the latest Amazon feature, so if you click on “Free Preview”, and several pages into the book, you should be able to see puzzles:
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Hint: I went for the immediate e5-e6, but that would have not been sufficient if Black played carefully. White has to begin the combination with a preparatory sacrifice before going for the same idea.
Solution here: http://en.lichess.org/yWH53oBg#30
Saturday, January 9, 2016
Monday, January 4, 2016
- Isolated Pawn from Various Openings
- Direct Attack Against the King
- Structural Transformations
- White exchanges on d5
- Black exchanges on c3
- Black exchanges on e3
- Black exchanges on e5
- Black exchanges on c5
- Plans for the side with the Isolated Queen Pawn
- Pressure on d5 square
- Advancing d4-d5
- Advancing f4-f5
- Pressure along 'c' file
- Plans for the side playing against the Isolated Queen Pawn
- Directly Attacking the isolated pawn in the middlegame
- Isolated Pawn as a Weakness in the Endgame
- f7-f5 as defensive idea
- Exchanging Dark Squared bishops with Bg5
- Transferring the knight to f4 combined with pressure along a8-h1 diagonal
- Endgames with isolated pawns
- Middlegame Combinations
- Tactics from Blitz
Saturday, December 26, 2015
DDT-Michael-player, ICC 2015
White to move (Black just weakened f7 square, so there should be a way to take advantage of that!)
Solution is here: http://en.lichess.org/CgQFr5pf#24