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Game 59

In both positions White to move. How to continue? 


Game 59.

1) Maybe Black's last move is ...Nh7 to threaten ...Ng5 or ...Bg5-Be3 and ...f5, so the pin on the d1/h5 diagonal is annoying. The idea will be to play 1.g4 to fight against the pin, and not allowing a further ...f5. After 1.g4 Bg6 2.Nf5 trying to get the pair of bishops. The general idea is to play after the previous moves a plan like : Qe2-Bd2-Kg2-Rh1-Rag1-Kf1-h4 obviously depending on Black's moves.

2) To be honest, I find this one difficult, but I have tried to keep the right mood ! difficult,  maybe because Ra1 and Bc1 are still at home ! After a long search, I noticed particular factors : like ed5 with a fork on c6 and e6, there is also a fork on e6 and g6 with a well-timed f5. So 1.Ng7 Kg7 2.f4 (tempo) ...ef4 (if Knight moves 3.f5) 3.Qf4 with the idea Qh2 to penetrate on the h-file. After Qh2, Bg5 is also a threat (eliminating a defender) and giving the f-file for the Ra1 to join the attack. The moves like ...Qh8 or ...Qg8 are not good because ed5. Also it will be diicult for Black to play ...de4 somewhere, The White Bishop can return on c4 with effect...

Game 58

What plan to choose for Black? 


Game 58.

The White King is weak. In my dreams, I will exchange dark squares bishops, and achieve a position with Q/N against Q/bad bishop but it's not possible.  But I can win the Bb2, if I go to d4 with my Knight, nobody can tolerate such a Knight...So the dark squares will be extremely weak for White. I am not afraid of Ne6 because I can take with the pawn to open the f-file on the White King.  First 1...Nb8 on the road to d4, I believe 2.Ne6 is a mistake, more to the point is 2.Nf3 to take on d4 with this Knight. 1...Nb8 2.Nf3 Nc6 and let's try to achieve ...f5 in the best conditions to open the game on the White King...

Game 61

White to move, how to continue? 


I was thinking to sharpen things up with svesnikov and Modern Benoni

Hi All and especially coach Avetik!!!

What do you all think about me keeping the white repertoire like the chessmood courses but sharpening black.  I would do this by Keeping answers to sidelines and playing Sveshnikov and Modern Benoni.  Sveshnikov has less theory and many correspondance players play it and have new Ideas.  Modern Benoni is just sharper then Benko!  

I would keep Benko though as it is easier to play then Modern Benoni and I have met Pal Benko and played blitz vs him (He played 1.e4 as white!!!  to my then Kan sicilian, forgot what he played to my 1.e4!!) we did play quite a few games!!   And I have a ton of material to study with acclerated dragon which I like to have.  But think Sveshnikov is sharper and I have better ideas in sharp positions.  So I work on more positional positions more.  Anyway, I know both the svesh. and MB (Modern Benoni) have more theory.  Don't mind as I know them.  Not all theory but always studying.  

Thank you champions for your comments!,

Marc Sicina


Hey Marc! 
You should check out this webinar, which you have missed. 

So you will know what are the best openings :) 

MB and Benko both are fine. Modern Benoni is harder to learn and it's good for 2200+ players.
Below 2200 Benko is best 

All Sicilians are fine too. Acc. Dragon is easier to learn :) 

scandy, Pircy, and Aly!!

Hi, when will we see videos on scandanavian, Pirc/modern (was thinking 4.Bg5!!) and Alekhine (exchange with Qf3 vs ed and Nc3, Rc1 b3 0-0 ect vs cd??!!!!!)

Thanks Marc


Hey Marc! 
We are working on them, hopefully this month. 

Game 57

White to move: Find a plan. 


Game 57)

The Be7 is a good piece for Black, it controls important squares c5 and g5., it's a good idea to exchange it against our bishop via c5, to achieve a position with Nc5 and Nd4 in a first time... My only problem is : I don't want my opponent play ...d5-d4 even giving a pawn but offering new life to the Bb7 (to play with ...Ng6-h4 or ...h4-h3). Maybe the simple 1.Nb3 Rb8 2.Bc5 Bc5 3.Nc5 d4 is problematic for White... So I want to improve the placement of my pieces before proceeding to this exchange. Like 1.Qd2-Nce2-Rc2-Rfc1, I have not to hurry.

Sicilian Nc3 Part 1

Sicilian with 2.Nc3.

I played this for the first time ever in a 15 +15 game on Lichess.

I later check the opening files to see where I had deviated from the recommendations, but I could not find anything that dealt with the situation where Black does not play g6 with then Bg7 but rather goes e6 and Be7 as in this game.

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 Nc6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O Nf6 7.Qe1 O-O 8.a3 Nh5 9.d3 a6 10.e5 d5 11.Ba2 c4 12.dxc4 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 Nd4 14.Nxd4 Bxd4 15.g4 Nf6 16.exf6 Qxf6 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Nxd5 Qc6 19.Qe4 Kh8 20.Qxd4 Bxg4 21.Rg1 Bf3+ 22.Rg2 f6 23.Kg1 Rad8 24.Rd2 Qd6 25.Qb6 Qd7 26.Qc7 Qg4+ 27.Kf2 Rfe8 28.Ne3 Rxd2+ 29.Bxd2 Rxe3 30.Qd8+ 1-0

I am sure it might have been better played, any advice would be appreciated.

Kind regards,  Derek


Hey Derek! 
Overall nice game. 
When black plays with e6, the best is Bb5, with the idea to change the Knight on c6, which is fighting for the center, controlling the d4 square. And then we go d3, 0-0 and typical attack. 

Closed Webinar - Typical mistakes

HeyChampions! Here is the link that you asked me to share


Thank You!

Question 1. What to play against a5,a4, Ra5 plan. 

Mr. Pascual, I think 10.Nc3 is fine. If Ba6 just 11.b3. 
If 10...a4 11.Bd2! Profelaktik against Ra5. 
Now if Ra5, we have 12.f4 and against d6, we have 13.Ne4! Now, Ra5 is hanging and ed with Nd6. 

2. Martin Nf6 is already a novelty:) 

Now both- e5 and f5 are interesting. 
I found an interesting variation after 11.f5 e5 12. Bg5!? ed 13.fg hg 14.Qd4! Ng4 (only move) ...
This moment you can already call arbiter if you are not playing against Rausis or some GM :D :D :D 
15. Bf7 (We can't take on g7 as we will get Qb6) Kd7 16.Be6! he can't take because of Qd5! 
16... Ke8 Bf7 - draw :)  

If you are not fine with draw against cheater or GM, you can go with 12.Nf3!? or 11.e5! with attack. Engine shows that Black is ok, but for human, it's a very unpleasant position. 

Game 56

Torre Attack, a  similar position to the previous games, but Black has not castled yet. 
Any difference? How to continue? Black to move. 


Game 56)

Black had not given King's address, and it's a good thing... White had given his King's address, and it's a very bad thing... So the White King becomes statically weak. Black King can castle Queenside, where he is perfectly safe. Additionally, Ra8 will play on the g-line for example. Let's begin with 1...g5 2.Bg3 h5 fighting against  White's Bishop and trying to open somme lines on the White's King. Then ...Qc7-0-0-0 and Rg8...  

Sicilian Sidelines questions and feedback


I recently joined this community. I love the great content and really like your repertoire choices.

Studying the Sicilian Sidelines course, I have some questions and feedback which I thought I'd share:

1. After 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5, which setup do you recommend against 3.Nc3? (Unlike 1.e4 c5 2.g3 d5 3.Nc3, 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Nc3 isn't discussed.)

2. I've had many online blitz games with 1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.e5 Nc6 over the years. My opponents almost always play 4.Bb5 (or 4.c3) instead of 4.Nf3 here, presumably to avoid 4...Bg4. Which setup do you recommend here?

3. Which setup do you recommend against 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 that is compatible with the accelerated Dragon?

4. Which setup do you recommend against 1.e4 c5 2.Na3?

5. The last video of section 3 says that a summary of all three sections (and a surprise) follows, but I can't find such a summary.

6. In the line 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 e5 6.Bb2 Nc6 7.axb4 Bxb4 8.Nc3 Bxc3 9.Bxc3, the author says that 9...Nf6 is answered with 10.Rb1 followed by 11.Bb5. While this makes sense to me strategically, 10.Rb1 is a losing move according to engines.

7. In the line 1.e4 c5 2.b4 cxb4 3.a3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nf3 e5 6.Bb2 Nc6 7.c4 bxc3 8.Nxc3, 8...Qe6 is a bad move according to engines.

Keep up the good work!



Hello Peter ! Thank you for such a detailed questions, as I feel you really studied very deep the course that I prepared, and I am superexcited about it! So lets start with your qeustions.

1) After 1 E4 C5 2 F4 D5 3 Nc3 is not a great move, as after simply Dxe4 and Kxe4  f4 move is terribly weakening white king! There are different opportunities, I really nike Nf6 and if White takes just Exf6 , with a strong d4 square under control and safe kingside! 

2) Bb5 is not a really dangerous move, my Suggestion will be to play Qb6 and try to take on c6 with a Queen. Also in many positions Q on b6 is very well placed, it controls G1-A7 diagonal and keeps d4 square under pressure.

3) Well, I provided detailed variations with 2 nd move d6, as I am Najdorf player I have to play 2 nd move d6, as if I play nc6, my opponents can go with nf3 and d4 and I will not get Najdorf anymore.

4) Haha :) scary Na3 )))) Well , sometimes to understand how to react oagainst rare moves, lets understand why those moves are rare! Usually Nigh on c3 is controlling more or less d5 square, and here night isn't on c3 so what I do like is to play nf6. if e5 nd5 , or if d3 to play d5!

5) Thank you for noticing! Conclusion for chapter 3 is added , but for the whole course is not, It will be fixed shortly.

6) Well Rb1 is not the best move for sure, but if you go a little bit deeper into the video, you will realize that I am trying to promote Ne7 ! move trying to explain positional ideas of that move)) The idea of my course not only provide computer analysis, as it can do anyone with 2100 elo)) My main goal is to explain moves and positional ideas, which is way more valuable for players who are trying to learn some oppenings)

7) Well at the moment Qe6 is not the first line according to engine, But ( there is always but), Its almost impossible for engine to figure out the strongest moves out of the openning, and  usually line evaluations are being changes later. I went super deep through this position, and I really think set up with Qe6 is the best , as playing after is easier. Sometimes its better to choose the line when it is easier to play as a Human. Also if you are really worried about engine evaluation, you can check positions later, and see that black absolutely has no problems!

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask me!

GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes.

Game 55

How do you access the position? What plan to choose?


Game 55)

A difficult one ! White is better :  weak King in g7 (statically speaking), two White Bishops are better than Black, Nd4 is a strong piece, White has an advantage in space on the Kingside... There is no direct win, but so far so good. Black can threaten the pseudo weakness on a4, but in this case, White can manage... 1.Qf4 to defend a4 tactically, to penetrate on h6 if Black's Rook is moving, and preparing Rook lift Re3-Rf3... 1...Qe8 2.Re3 Na4? 3.Ba4 Ba4 4.Ra4 Qa4 5.Ne6 +-. Obviously, Black will not fall into this trap, but the pressure on f7 will bother him. If Black is waiting, maybe White can imagine to play b4-b5-Kf1-Ke2-Rg1-g4

Game54 Torre Attack

Position 1 - How to start the attack?
Position 2- How to crush black's position? 


Game 54)

1. It seems Black had castled too early again. It's possible to start with 1.h4 as Tigran Peterosian did   against Liublinsky. This move allows to open h-file attacking h7, and the rook lift Rh3-g3 if necessary... 1.h4 helps Nd2 to come to g5. 

2. 1.Nh7 is crushing 1...Kh7 2.hg6 fg6 3.Ng6 Bg6 4.Rg6 Kh8 5.Be5 threatening 6.Qh5... 1...Nh7 2.hg6 fg6 3.Ng6 Bg6 4.Rg6 Kh8 (4...Kf7 5.Qh5) 5.Be5 (5.Qh5 Rf4 6.Re6 Rh4) ...Bf6 (5...Nf6 6.Qh5 mate) (5...Rf6 6.Rh6 xh7) 6.Rf6 Rf6 (6...Nf6 7.Qh5 Kg8 8.Qg6 Kh8 9.Qh7 mate) 7.Qh5 with the ideas 8.Qh7 and 8.Bf6 +-

Next Games...

Next games... May we please use lichess next time. I have nothing but trouble with my challenge requests never go through. It drops my connection when they do. I never even see the resign option. I really don’t understand the site it’s so screwy.


It never allows me to follow current games being played to observe as well.

Sure, Brad! No problem 

Rossolimo 4. 0-0

Great video series on the Rossolimo against 4. Bc6. What do you recommend if white plays 4. 0-0 instead? 

IM Christof Sielecki in his book Keep it simple 1.e4 recommended 4. 0-0 and after 4...Bg7 he recommends 5. Re1. 

I have been getting this variation over the board much more frequently than 4. Bc6 against 1900+ players and I am not sure what to do with black.


hi john can you say which move you are saying after 1.e4 c5 2.nf3 nc6 3.bb5

Hi John, I will add soon it in the course. We will play with Nf6. 

1-1 Blitz Games with GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes

Hey Champions! 
We have good news for you!

Tomorrow, on July 24, you can play 1-1 blitz games with GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes!
If you want to participate in this event, in the comment section, please write your nickname of and your preferred time control (5+0, 3+0 or 3+2).

First come,  first served :) Who comments the 1st - he plays the 1st game :)  


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What time will this take place? I don't want to sign up if I'll be working  :) 

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preference: 3+2

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London System

What do you recommend against the London? 

In a recent game, my opponent played 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.Nc3 and as Black I got a bad position out of the opening. What do you recommend here?


I will add soon it at d4 sidelines! is an earlier post on this topic.

I play the King's Indian a lot and when I face the Accelerated London move order my prefered lines are as follows: 

 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 [Also interesting is 2...c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 e5! Exploiting the Bishop placement on f4 and leading to a very reliable game for Black.] 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.h4!? [The most challenging option and the one recommended most by authors] 0-0 [Also possible is 5...h5!? 6.Nf3 0-0 7.Be2 c5 with good counterplay] 6.h5 c5! 7.hxg6 hxg6 Black is fine in the coming complications.

The London system has become incredibly popular at all levels and many acceptable ways have been found for Black to meet it, however, for King's Indian, Benko and Benoni fans the above lines seem the most appealing in my humble opinion. You can see this post all trending lines are covered here. 

The variation you are talking about is tricky.  I will recommend setup with d5 and c5 with a kingside fianchetto.  although it is a double edge, black gets good play in this line. As I play London most of the times, I think it is a good line for black. Note:- I suggest this setup because you prefer KID setup. 

Learning new Tricks with the Benko

Out of my Comfort Zone with the Benko. Showing ya this old Biker is learning new tricks!


Biker dude is amazing!!! :) 

Previous streams ...

I love your streams, especially the previous ones also. But it seems that isn't easy to view it, so please could you provide an own category/list or something else to view it in a much easier way.

Thanks a lot.

Best regards from the sunny Berlin



Hi Martin! 
Thanks for your nice words!
Can you clarify please, what you mean "it's not easy to view it"? 
Do you mean, it's not easy to find an event from page ?  

Game 53 IronMan

This game is played by Tigran Petrosian aka Iron Tigran :) 
1 - White to move (not easy question)
2-  How to win? :) (this is very nice) 


Game 53)

1. 1.h4 with the idea Nf3-Ng5-Qh5 is the classical plan to attack the Black King and take advantage of the space in the Kingside. g4 to open the diagonal for the White Bd3 and the g-line are additional ideas. 1.h4 is a move to attack, and it's a prophylactic one, to take care of the Bishop of dark squares and the pawn on e5 too.

2. 1.Rh8 Kg7 (1...Bh8 2.Qh7 mate) 2.Qh6 Kf6 3.g7 Ke7 4.gf8=Q 1-0

Game55 "Take off opponent's counter chances"

How to continue for white?
Find a plan 


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