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Using active notation

You might be inclined to believe that the game notations below simply need to be looked at and the moves played in your mind. But as most of you know, you can click on the moves to get a separate replay board, which you can resize and move to the best place on your screen.

The popup board has full controls and you can use the navigation buttons to advance moves, as well as use a motor or save the game or position to your computer. In the engine window you can ask for several lines, or what the threat is, or see the positional rating of the position.


Mutual Zugzwangs

Zugzwang is one of the sharper endgame weapons. And sometimes both parties can potentially make use of it. As was the case in the match between Polina Shuvalova and Zhu Jiner from round 4.


New queens on both sides

After the opening, the middle game and the end game, comes the fourth phase of the game, when both teams are queens. The main rule is that the first check wins! Discover this example of the meeting between Vaishali Rameshbabu and Elisabeth Paehtz.


The Danger of Highly Advanced Passed Pawns

Highly advanced passed pawns can be very powerful in the late game. They could be so powerful that they justify giving up a tower to keep pushing them across the board. That’s exactly what Tan Zhongyi did to beat Bibisara Assaubayeva in the eighth round.



The rook belongs behind the passed pawn

Vaishali played a great match against Aleksandra Goryachkina, but she failed to take advantage of her extra pawns in a rook endgame. In this case, as in many others, placing the rook behind the passed pawn was the way to win.


Master Class Vol.14 – Vasily Smyslov

Smyslov cultivated a clear positional style and even in sharp tactical positions often relied more on his intuition than concrete calculation of variations. Let our authors introduce you to the world of Vasily Smyslov.


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