You may have heard something about the MCI magazine.
Well, I guess it's time to let you all in on the gag. The bloody thing doesn't exist.
I received a LOT of private messages asking for information about the magazine.
I felt as though I owed the forum posters something for the prank.
Here is a first attempt at putting something sort of like it together.
I only worked on it a little while. There wasn't enough time to do everything, and some of the information may be very basic. I can improve it for the next "issue" it this draws any interest.
This month's opening discussion will be on the Lasker Defense to the Queen's Gambit.
This is a good, solid first move. White releases his c1 bishop and stakes his claim on the center.
1. ... d5
Black does likewise. He won't just allow white to play 2.e4 and dominate the entire center.
This is the defining move of the Queen's Gambit. White uses his flank (c) pawn to apply pressure to black's center (d5). White is hoping for dxc4, whereas he will round up the c4 pawn, play e4, and dominate the center. If 2. ... dxc4, white has Qa4+, e4, e3, or Nf3 followed by e3. Black can't usually hold on to the pawn. That's the Queen's Gambit Accepted and another discussion.
2. ... e6
Black holds his pawn center (d5) at all costs. This is called the Queen's Gambit Declined. 2. ... c6 is also a reasonable way to decline the c4 pawn and hold the center. Black's only problem with 2. ... e6 is that he locks in his queen's bishop (c8). Black will later either play e5 or b6 followed by Bb7 to free the piece.