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Plans in the Ruy Lopez Exchange variations

This article focuses on positions arising from the Ruy Lopez opening, after the Ruy Lopez exchange variation starting with Bxc6 dxc6. This variation does not arise from the Ruy Lopez...

Plans in the Marshall gambit pawn center

The Marshall gambit belongs to the great family of positions arising from the Ruy Lopez opening. But, let’s be honest, it is a one-of-a-kind opening and pawn center. Stjepan Tomić...

Plans in the Ruy Lopez closed center

This article focuses on plans and ideas in central formations after white plays d4-d5 from the Ruy Lopez tense center. The tense center is one of the many pawn structures...

Plans in the Ruy Lopez symmetrical center

The Ruy Lopez symmetrical center is a structure that comes from the Ruy Lopez tense center, after White has played the pawn exchange dxe5 dxe5. Central formations with a symmetrical...

Plans in the Ruy Lopez mobile center

This is one of the detailed articles about the strategy in the Ruy Lopez. The mobile central formation occurs from the Ruy Lopez tense center, after black releases the tension...

Plans in the Ruy Lopez tense center

The so-called "tense center" is really the starting pawn structure of the Ruy Lopez, from there the position can (and probably will !) evolve in other types of structure, such...

From middlegame to endgame: When material is equal

In my previous article, I dealt with generic principles about transitioning from middlegame to endgame when there is a material advantage. Now, we are going to look at this a...

From middlegame to endgame: material imbalances

The term middlegame to endgame transition only sounds complicated. In reality, it means trading pieces off until there is not enough material for a strong attack on the king. In...

How to transition from middlegame to endgame

A chess game can be divided into three phases: opening, middlegame and endgame. Most of us are very aware of when an opening starts, or when the game has become...

Setting up a blockade against the Isolated Queen’s Pawn

After looking at white's prospects in Isolated Queen's pawn positions, we concluded that White can either: set up an attack with the Isolanior use the isolated queen's pawn to create...