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Tactics: Pawn for Your Trouble?

White has built up an ominous attack. Is there anything wrong with 23.h5, or is it a mistake to let Black win a pawn for his trouble with ...Nxe4 then ...Qxg5?

Coordination Discoordination

A. Todd (1723) – K. Chung (2286), Canadian University Chess Championship 2013

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Open Lines

M. Pang (1829) – A. Green (2010), Abe Yanofsky Memorial 2011

White’s previous move, 1. exd5, was a mistake—with the simple 1. Be2, he could have kept a large advantage against Black’s forlorn king. What must Black do to seize a decisive advantage?

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Smothered by Pawns

R. Fillanders (1886) – S. Chuchin (1668), Riedstra Memorial 2012

Black’s king is cornered from every side, how should White tighten the noose?

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Dynamic Compensation

B. Sambuev (2700) – M. Voloaca (2327), RA Winter Open 2012

Hook and Ladder

Conrad Holt (2531) – Bindi Cheng (2406), DC International 2013

White just played Red1. What’s wrong with this move and how can Black take advantage of it?

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Critical Squares

Samuel Lipnowski (2229) – Leor Wasserman (1988), July TNT 2013

The following position was reached with a promising junior, Leor Wasserman, as Black, playing against his former coach.

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Piece or Pawn?

This week we’ll be showcasing a couple games of rising Canadian IM Bindi Cheng. Recently, he’s been performing quite well in the international scene, with a plus score against titled players across the recent DC International and World Open.

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Is Greed Good?

M. Dougherty (2312) – M. Humphreys (2273), Canadian Closed Championship 2011

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The Poisoned Knight

M. Chang (1775) – J. D. Castaneda Jimenez (2100), Père Noël Montreal 2012

Black’s advantage in space on the kingside give him good attacking possibilities. Furthermore, his best option is to follow through with it, as White is superior elsewhere on the board.

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