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The Art of Heroic Defense

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The Art of Heroic Defense in Chess

Chess is the most fun when we’re attacking and winning with brilliant and creative ideas. However, we all have to defend sometimes, and it’s important to get very tough-minded when we’re in that position. It’s not a lot of fun, but sometimes the situation is not as bad as it seems. By exercising care and patience, we can frequently exchange a few pieces, and reduce the position to equality. That’s what happened in this game:

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Why Grandmasters Love the Sicilian

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Why Grandmasters Love the Sicilian Opening

It was the first time I played the Sicilian Defense in over 3 months. For a couple years, I’ve been playing a variation of the Modern Defense and I was never able to generate the kind of dynamic and fascinating play that I have constantly found in the Sicilian.

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Lines and Focal Points: The Heart and Soul of a Combination

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Lines and Focal Points

Alexander Alekhine is universally regarded as a great attacking genius, and one of the most creative players of all time. White offers a pawn in order to open up attacking lines around Black’s king. Black accepts the sacrifice less than half the time at high level play, because White gets very dangerous play in return for the pawn.

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Key to Success – Choose Openings that Fit Your Style

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Sicilian Najdorf opening

Today we’ll focus on playing openings that fit your style. If you’re a pretty new player, you might not be completely sure of what your style is quite yet, so here’s the most important piece of advice.

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Scotch Opening: Blumenfeld Variation

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I know this opening extremely well. I’ve worked out many of the details using the chess computer, and I know many of the variations about 20 moves deep.

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What would you like to see in SparkChess multiplayer next?

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SparkChess 7 has been rock solid for the past year, with an uptime of 99.98% and almost all feedback from you is positive. Still, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the game and the way you play with it. We’re now looking at some changes and additions and we’d like your feedback.

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