Chess Tactics: Mariya Muzychuk — Goryachkina, 2019

Mariya Muzychuk was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1992. The Ukrainian Women’s Champion of 2012 and 2013 has won a pile of medals in European and World Team Championships, and in Chess Olympiads. Still, her greatest achievement was becoming Women’s World Chess Champion in 2015! Simultaneously, she earned the International Grandmaster title. Mariya’s older sister Anna

Understanding the Caro-Kann Defense

The Best Book to Learn the Caro-Kann Defense Understanding the Caro-Kann Defense was published way back in 1981. Amazon tells me I purchased it in March 2012, but I’ve only read it recently … and regret not doing so much sooner. I have read a lot of Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6) books over the years, as I

Which Chess Opening Move is Best? Part 1

Should I Open with 1.e4, 1.d4, or something else as White? Not surprisingly, the short answer is “it depends.” Let’s dig deeper. First, there is one thing you certainly should not do. Don’t play offbeat moves (1.b3, 1.b4, 1.f4, 1.Nc3, etc.)  just to avoid theory. I’ve touched on this before. Only use moves like this

Chess Tactics: Morozevich — Iordachescu, 1998

Alexander Morozevich: A New Shining Star Alexander Morozevich (born 1977) burst onto the world chess scene in the mid-1990s and quickly became a darling of fans worldwide with a unique brand of tricky, aggressive, unorthodox chess. The Muscovite was a protégé of super trainer Vladimir Yurkov (1936-2007) whose previous students included Yuri Balashov, Nana Ioseliani, and Andrei

Chess Tactics: Harding — NN, 2020

Isolated Queen Pawn Adventures Today I want to show one of my recent blitz games on the Internet Chess Club (ICC). I think it is somewhat instructive, especially in the context of IQP (Isolated Queen Pawn) positions. I have enjoyed playing the white side of IQP positions ever since I read Alexander Baburin‘s phenomenal Winning

Chess Tactics: Andreikin — Sjugirov, 2012

Born in Ryazan, Russia, Dmitry Andreikin (1990 – ) won the World Junior Championship in 2010. He is a two-time Russian Champion (2012, 2018), and was a Candidate in 2014. His highest rank was #19 in December 2014, and his highest rating was 2743 in June 2016. Most grandmasters would be thrilled if they achieved these

Should I Play 1…e5 Against 1.e4?

If you are rated under 1000, YES! Without a doubt. Start with the Double King Pawn. It’s important to learn how to fight for and maintain control of the central squares before trying to counterattack your opponent’s center. After my first few rated tournaments, I began playing the Pirc (1.e4 d6): And had no idea

Opening for Black according to Karpov

If you like Karpov’s black openings this is an underrated gem Opening for Black according to Karpov was written by Alexander Khalifman and published by the Bulgarian publisher Chess Stars all the way back in 2001. I believe it was one of their first books. Now, I have to admit being attracted to this book