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Opening
Albin Counter-Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne7
Daniel King
21 MIN
A new idea on move three? King shows that 3...Ne7 is very well suited for blitz – perhaps even for more?
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Opening
Tricky move order in the Slav
Rainer Knaak
5 MIN
With 8.e3 White prepares the trap, after 8...e6 9.Ne5 it snaps after "typical" Slav move 9...a5
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Opening trap in the London System without Nf3
Rainer Knaak
9 MIN
In a familiar line Black has the resource Bf5. If White however renounces Ng1-f3, the motif no longer works!
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How to defeat the Slav Defence with 4...Bf5
Rainer Knaak
10 MIN
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave tested the dubious 4...Bf5 but was perfectly outplayed by Ding Liren in 16 moves!
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Opening
Queen's Gambit Exchange Variation 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2/6.e3
Robert Ris
31 MIN
Robert Ris explains how 6.Qc2 was successfully fought and why 6.e3 is the new and strong main line!
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Opening
Queen's Gambit Accepted 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6
Mihail Marin
18 MIN
Taimanov knew better! After 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bd3!? cxd4 9.a4 bxa4 10.Rd1!? White gets strong play for the pawn!
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Opening
Slav (II) 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Ne5
Jan Werle
20 MIN
Jan Werle uses his own games to show how to maintain the advantage against 6...Bf5 and 6...Bh5.
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Opening
London System: nice trap without risk
Rainer Knaak
6 MIN
After 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 c5 4.Nf3 b6 5.Nbd2 Bb7 6.Nc4 !? 6...d5 is obvious and heading towards the trap
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Opening
Slav (I) 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bg4 5.Qb3 Qb6 6.Ne5
Jan Werle
19 MIN
Jan Werle presents a new plan of Erwin l'Ami which attracted attention in Wijk aan Zee 2020
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Opening
Queen's Gambit Declined with 4...Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.Be2
Daniel King
26 MIN
Daniel King explains Aronian's idea 7.Be2. After 7...cxc4 8.0-0 neither 8...c5 nor 8...a6 equalizes.
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Opening
Richter-Veresov System: Provoking e2-e4
Rainer Knaak
4 MIN
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Nc3 c6 4.Qd3 Nbd7 invites White to play 5.e4. What should be wrong about that?
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Opening
Anti-Reti 1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nc6 3.g3 Bg4
Mihail Marin
23 MIN
With the concept 3...Bg4 our author was successful at the Senior Wch 2019 against Michele Godena!
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Opening
A sharp slav 1
Andrew Martin
81 MIN
A sharp Slav Black repertoire: 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nc3 with the modern & combative 3...dxc4!
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A sharp slav 2
Andrew Martin
67 MIN
Sharp Slav with 1 d4 d5 2 c4 c6 3 Nf3 dxc4!? a rare and ambitious line for Black
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Slav - Geller Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 6.Be2!?
Ivan Sokolov
29 MIN
Overview starting with Carlsen-Yu (2019). What is the idea of ​​6.Be2 compared to the main line 6.e5?
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Opening
Queen’s Gambit á la Carlsen-Caruana 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Qa5 10.Rd1 Rd8
Yannick Pelletier
25 MIN
Queen’s Gambit á la Carlsen-Caruana 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 Be7 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 c5 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.a3 Nc6 9.Qc2 Qa5 10.Rd1 Rd8
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Opening trap 75.2 London System: wonderful pin on the 5th rank - repetition of CBM 170
Rainer Knaak
6 MIN
Opening trap 75.2 London System: wonderful pin on the 5th rank - repetition of CBM 170
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