Fischer vs Kasparov – The Sicilian Najdorf: 6. Bg5

Posted on April 25, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review

The 6. Bg5 Main Line of the Sicilian Najdorf is one of the most thoroughly researched and investigated lines in opening theory, as the naturally forcing nature of white’s aggressive set-up leads to extremely complicated positions very early in the opening and middlegame. The 6. Bg5 set-up also frequently occurs through transpositions from the Richter-Rauzer and other related openings for white against the Sicilian Defense, however leading grandmasters have been unable to arrive at a […]

The Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez: Part One
Posted on April 24, 2012 by chessblogger in Strategy & Game Review

I‘ve favored the Open Spanish since I started playing a few years ago and it’s never given me a boring struggle. I understand that people often find quality play in the Scotch Game or Italian Game, but in my opinion you just can’t beat the tense theoretical struggle after 3. Bb5. This exploration will feature several parts: 1. Introduction to the Open Lopez: Sidelines and Re1 2. The Riga Variation 3. Riga Variation sidelines 4. […]

Grandmaster Live Blitz with GM Henley – Accelerated Dragon / Pirc Defense
Posted on April 23, 2012 by GM Ron W Henley in All Articles w/ Videos, Blitz/Bullet Chess, Strategy & Game Review

Game 1: Azzuri 1600 – GM Ron W Henley 2870 Against my Accelerated Dragon, White played 7.f3 and 8.Qd2, which allowed immediate equality with 8…d5! White responded by exchanging knights on c6 and pawns on d5, but this just gives black pawn control in the center. With 17…e5 I established the e5/d5 pawn duo and after 25.fxe5 fxe5 I secured a connected passed e-pawn. I took over the f-file – 26…Rf8 and 29…Be5 began aiming […]

Chess for Beginners: Avoid Initiating Exchanges
Posted on April 21, 2012 by William in Beginner’s Corner, General Chess Articles

1 of the biggest mistakes I encounter in online chess classes with beginner students is the natural inclination towards making exchanges. It’s almost like many beginner chess players hear voices in their head telling them “You must trade a lot of pieces to win.” Now I’m not trying to say you have to completely avoid trading pieces – however it’s very important to understand and apply the concept of maintaining and increasing pressure in a […]

Bobby Fischer vs Garry Kasparov – The Sicilian Najdorf: 6. Bc4 – The Fischer-Sozin Attack
Posted on April 12, 2012 by William in All Articles w/ Videos, Chess Openings, Strategy & Game Review

The Sicilian Najdorf is one of the sharpest openings in chess, demanding incredible energy and resourcefulness from both sides to maintain the balance in strongly double-edged positions. The Fischer-Sozin Attack with 6. Bc4 is well known as one of the most complicated lines in the Najdorf, as white immediately declares his aggressive intentions of controlling the critical d5 square and increasing the pressure on the a2-g8 diagonal. The line was originally patented in the early […]

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