averbakh variation

Averbakh Variation

Grandmasters are not especially noted for their longevity, but Yuri Averbakh, whose death at the age of 100 was announced the other day, was a notable exception. He will be…

scandinavian defense complete guide

Scandinavian Defense: Complete Guide

Scandinavian Defense appears on the board after the moves 1.e4 – d5 and is one of the oldest recorded openings in chess. Its idea is very straightforward – right from…

10 reasons to play the sicilian dragon

10 Reasons to Play the Sicilian Dragon

Sicilian Dragon: The Sicilian is one of the main weapons for black against 1.e4. It is known as a fighting opening, which can lead to sharp play and sharp complications…

winning chess tactics for black in the sicilian dragon

Winning Chess Tactics for Black in the Sicilian Dragon

Would you find yourself tempted to play an opening if you knew you could sacrifice an exchange, willingly exchange queens, and still have reasonable expectations of holding or winning the…

master chess web show 12

Master Chess Web Show (12)

In this week’s show there was no guest, just myself and Andrew Martin showing some games with interesting openings. The first one has Jim Plaskett wielding the Benko Gambit, the…

1 e4 complete guide for white

1.e4: Complete Guide for White

The most popular way to start the game is by moving the King’s pawn two squares forward. This move has been played for centuries and is the move that most…

play 1e5 with black complete guide

Play 1…e5 with Black: Complete Guide

Every chess player needs a good, reliable repertoire against 1.e4. There are many openings out there and you should weigh your choice well, but if you are looking for a…

four knights fiasco

Four Knights Fiasco

How would you assess this position, with Black to move? Perhaps you think White can look forward to playing on the f-file against Black’s doubled pawns, with moves like Bc4…

qgd janowski variation complete guide

QGD Janowski Variation: Complete Guide

The Queen’s Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4) is one of the most popular openings in chess. It is appreciated both by amateurs and strong players and we see it at every…

english opening complete guide for white

English Opening: Complete Guide for White

English Opening starts with 1.c4 and is known as a very solid choice for the white player. Solid, however, does not equal boring and drawish and the English Opening is…