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Opening
Attacking the french with 3.Bd3
Robert Ris
66 MIN
Weapon for White vs. French Defence: Sidestep French Main Lines: 3.Bd3 is a sound yet tricky weapon for White
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Opening
French Classical Variation repaired!
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
23 MIN
The line with 8...Qb6 was long considered dubious. Kasimdzhanov analyses Alekseekno-Grischuk (2021)
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Opening
Queen's Indian trap after 7.Qc2
Rainer Knaak
5 MIN
After 7...c5 8.d5 exd5 9.cxd5 the "logical" 9...Nxd5 goes astray: 10.Qe4! starts the winning Queen maneuver!
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Opening
Sveshnikov Variation with 11...Ne7
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
23 MIN
Carlsen’s latest contribution to the Sveshnikov is a dynamic alternative to the main moves 11…0-0/11…Bg5
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Opening
Risk-free trap in the Sicilian Paulsen Variation
Rainer Knaak
6 MIN
In a very typical position, White after 9.Re1 threatens to advance with e4-e5. How must Black react?
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Opening
Sicilian Moscow Variation 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.0-0 Ngf6
Jan Werle
29 MIN
With 6.Qe2 and 6.Re1, GM Jan Werle provides new ideas for White and a valuable update to his DVD
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Opening
Natural, but wrong
Rainer Knaak
4 MIN
In a line of the French Exchange Variation, Black often plays 8...Bg4. What can be wrong with that?
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Opening
How the young Magnus Carlsen used the Sveshnikov
Mihail Marin
14 MIN
In Matlakov-Carlsen (2006) Black opted for the side line 12.c4 b4 13.Nc2 a5 14.Be2 0-0 15.0-0 Bg5 16.Qd3 Bb7
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Opening
Opening trap: A Sicilian trap in the 4th move!
Rainer Knaak
7 MIN
White has played 2.d4 cxd4 and only then 3.Nf3. After 3...e5 4.c3! Black falls into the trap with 4...dxc3?!
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Opening
French Advance Variation (Milner-Barry-Gambit)
Daniel King
27 MIN
Aggressive Weapon for White: play the Millner-Barry-Gambit - Carlsen vs. Harikrishna (2020)
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Opening trap: Sicilian with 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.d3
Rainer Knaak
5 MIN
The innocent looking move 3.d3 followed by the usual 3...g6 leads right to a tempting trap in move ten.
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Opening
The Philidor endgame 4.dxe5 dxe5 5.Qxd8 Kxd8
Erwin l'Ami
23 MIN
In the Philidor endgame after 6.Bc4 White can keep a slight but lasting advantage.
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Opening
Opening trap in the Sicilian Kan Variation with 6.Be3!?
Rainer Knaak
6 MIN
Instead of the main move 6.Nb3 White plays 6.Be3 and provokes 6 ... Qb6? A double attack that loses!
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Opening
Sicilian Kalashnikov 4...e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Be6 7.Nc3
Daniel King
28 MIN
Lots of fire in the Kalashnikov Sicilian! Novelty 13...b5 and a strong exchange sacrifice 17...Rxc3!
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Opening
Typical Grand-Prix Attack!
Rainer Knaak
8 MIN
White crowns his aggressive setup with 9.f5!?. If Black chooses the "safe" 9 ... exf5, he has fallen into the trap!
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Opening
French Winawer: "The Nepmniachtchi Variation"
Mihail Marin
24 MIN
Nepominiachtchi often had to defend his Winawer with 6...Ne7 against 7.h4. Marin checks his reply 7...Qc7
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Opening
Alekhine Defence Four Pawn Attack
Daniel King
24 MIN
Do you have to be afraid of the Four Pawn Attack? By no means! This is the conclusion of King's analysis.
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