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The solid ...a6 Slav - GM James Plaskett ... and more

The solid ...a6 Slav - GM James Plaskett



The solid ...a6 Slav - GM James Plaskett

Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. James explains The Slav is one of the most respected openings available for Black and he shows us multiple setups for Black before getting to his chosen Slav variation the ...a6 Slav when he gives a nice clear overview of: 5. e3 b5 with Queen Side play 5. g3 dxc4 Catalan style 5. c5 Bf5 6. Qb3 Ra7! Weird but good 5. cxd5 cxd5 When...a6 is useful 5. Ne5 N(b)d7 Solid and good James then goes in to detail of 5.e3 b5 in Oll versus Anand and we see Bl[...]

Mechanical Moves: What to watch out for

Posted on August 29,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. There are many positions when our next move looks 100% obvious and it seems that there is nothing to think about. These "mechanical moves" are quite often good continuations, and help us to save energy and time during the game since deep calculations are not required. But mechanical moves also contain huge dangers; we can get too relaxed and lose concentration. In such moments we can miss some simple but tricky idea from our opponent, or miss a m[...]

Choosing the Right Move: Candidate moves

Posted on August 28,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, General Chess Articles, Beginner's Corner. What does the process of making a move consist of? For the experienced player it is much more complex then it first appears. Every position offers plenty of continuations, but we first need the discipline and patience to not hurry and to wisely find all the reasonable opportunities, instead of quickly making the first most natural move. Players who prefer quick play often miss the strongest continuations. The best move should be chosen from a "pa[...]

Topalov vs. Anand Showdown! - FM Dennis Monokroussos

Posted on August 27,2014 By OnlineChessLessons.NET Contributor in Strategy & Game Review, Chess Openings, All Articles w/ Videos, General Chess Articles. FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos guides us through a key game in the World Championship Match! Anand switched to 1.d4 and quickly entered a Catalan System and Topalov played the main Line 4...dxc4. Dennis explains the key concepts of The Catalan and explains Black's fundamental approaches to White's plan. Topalov attempts to hang on to his ...dxc4 Pawn which allows White a lot of activity and the middlegame battle commences. Anand finds an 'Over T[...]

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