Double Rooks… Double Trouble! – Presented by FM Alisa Melekhina

Double Rooks… Double Trouble! – Presented by FM Alisa Melekhina
Posted on March 27,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. Doubled rooks on the second-rank create a synergistic effect that allows players to harness their power and control the course of the game. FM Alisa Melekhina builds on fundamental stacked rook techniques and draws on three of her own tournament games against 2300+ opposition to demonstrate how to leverage potential mating nets and second-rank sweeps. The viewer will come away with a recognition of critical points in the middlegame transition pha[…]

Crushing the Scandinavian Defense! with GM Damian Lemos
Posted on March 24,2014 By GM Damian Lemos in All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. The Scandinavian Defense with 1. e4 d5 is one of those openings that I have always thought to be slightly incorrect, although you still see elite Grandmasters like Alexey Dreev and Viswanathan Anand playing it as a surprise weapon from time to time. The reason I have never liked the Scandinavian Defense is very simple – I understand that black gets to immediately exchange white’s center pawn on e4 and activate the black queen, however it seems to[…]

Vladimir Kramnik vs. Magnus Carlsen (Botvinnik Memorial 2011)
Posted on March 17,2014 By GM Damian Lemos in Strategy & Game Review, All Articles w/ Videos, Blitz/Bullet Chess, General Chess Articles. In this video, GM Damian Lemos analyzes a game between world champions in the Botvinnik Memorial Rapid in Moscow 2011. We’ll see a Polish Defense (a very unusual opening in top elite tournaments!) in a game where GM Vladimir Kramnik gains space, mobility and control of the board, something from which Carlsen won’t be able to recover; White will then launch a very aggressive and decisive kingside attack![…]

Super-GM Grischuk: Crushing The Sicilian Defense
Posted on March 10,2014 By GM Damian Lemos in General Chess Articles. The Sicilian Defense is one of the most dangerous chess openings that black can employ against 1. e4 as the resulting middlegame positions are usually very dynamic and double-edged. In this chess video excerpt from the Empire Chess DVD ¨Grandmaster Secrets – Alexander Grischuk¨ Grandmaster Damian Lemos takes a detailed look at a hyper-aggressive set-up for white against the Paulsen Variation of the Sicilian Defense, specifically the Taimanov Vari[…] is a producer of thousands of free chess articles and free chess videos by FIDE chess masters. They recently released the renowned Empire Chess series that has been taking the chess world by storm. Please consider checking out their chess blog and chess shop with tons of free updated previews.

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