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  • Interview With IGM Karel Van Der Weide

    By Waldemar on July 26, 2009
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    Press play to begin streaming the audio or right click the download text link and choose save as or save link. Download the MP3 In this interview Karel and I talk about… chess! We discuss what it is like to be a chess grandmaster,...

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  • How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part III: How To Live With It

    By Waldemar on July 1, 2009
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    In the previous articles How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part I: Getting The Lay Of The Land and How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part II: Your Style, I discussed the importance of having a chess opening repertoire and the issue of playing style....

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  • [video] Chess News #37: Carlsen – Topalov, Sofia 2009

    By Waldemar on June 8, 2009
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    During the recent Super GM Tournament in Sofia – Bulgaria, Magnus Carlsen was on the verge of winning it. In the last round however he played to sharply against Alexei Shirov who beat him after tremendous complications in a Sveshnikov. This meant that Shirov won the tournament and that...

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  • How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part II: Your Style

    By Waldemar on May 30, 2009
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    A little while ago I started discussing the subject of building a chess opening repertoire in How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part I: Getting The Lay Of The Land. I discussed which considerations play a role in building your chess opening repertoire and gave some advice....

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  • [video] Chess News #36: Shirov Tricks Ivanchuk!

    By Waldemar on May 19, 2009
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    In a 3.Bb5+ Sicilian, Ivanchuk aimed for a Maroczy Bind. Shirov obliged and fianchettoed his dragon bishop. Shirov aimed for the freeing d6-d5 break and achieved it. Probably in trying to prevent a simplification of the position Ivanchuk pushed his luck a little bit too far. After a nice...

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  • How To Build A Chess Opening Repertoire – Part I: Getting The Lay Of The Land

    By Waldemar on April 25, 2009
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    Are you struggling to define a good opening repertoire for yourself? Then continue reading. Probably one of the most discussed topics in chess is that of having a good, solid, attacking, defensive, broad, specialized, surprising or otherwise useful opening repertoire. I must admit it has always been a challenge...

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  • How To Study Chess

    By Waldemar on August 9, 2008
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    Waldemar, how do I study chess? People often ask me that question. And it’s a useful question of course. How does one improve his chess? How does one go about it? In this article I shall discuss some of the most common and accepted ways to improve one’s chess...

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