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3 Best Games of the Week

For this week we have chosen a Slav Defense, an English opening and a Kings Indian defense with 7...Na6. They all have in common very lively play with fancy attacks... read more 

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Chess Problem # 9 (NEW)

The 4th FIDE World Cup in Composing was held early this year by WFCC. In the two-mover section as many... Read more

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It’s Your Move #16

“I can’t see you saving this game,” said the player with Black. “I’m a rook up already, and I’m going to get a second queen for good measure.” Read More

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10 Best Chess Games by Boris Spassky E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 00:00

boris spassky best gamesBoris Spassky was the 10th World Chess Champion, holding the title from 1969 to 1972. He has defeated Petrosian to become world champion. Spassky is known for his universal playing style, excelling in the middle-game and tactics, but inferior in the opening phase. He is known as one of the greatest living chess GMs and currently the oldest living world champion.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 08:52
 
3 Best Games of the Week - 7 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 00:00

carlsen shakmir 2015Our first game is the recent victory of Carlsen over the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik. A quiet Ruy Lopez (Berlin variation) in which Carlsen shows how he can set problems for his opponents even in quiet positions that are close to equal.

Kramnik did not react in the best way to Carlsen's a4-a5 idea and couldn't find the right defense.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 08:49
 
Blindfold Chess - According to GM Krogius E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 01 May 2015 00:00

blindfold chessMost chess players believe that ability to adequately play blindfold chess is common only to elite players. What makes blindfold chess so hard to master for others? How do elite chess players remembering position of all pieces on the board, even playing on 10 or 20 boards simultaneously? Most importantly we will try to find out if it is possible for a club level player to possess the art of blindfold chess, improving visualization skills and calculating ability.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 May 2015 09:04
 
IM Renier Castellanos - How to Improve at Chess E-mail
Written by IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 27 April 2015 00:00

how to improve at chessThis is a continuation of our interview series with strong chess players. Previously, we have asked  players like GM Alexander Ipatov, WGM Natalia Pogonina and IM Sugar Shah about how to improve at chess. Today IM Renier Castellanos will suggest how to study chess and actually see progress. IM Castellanos worked as a professional chess coach for more than 10 years, training players of different skill levels and ages. You don't want to miss his advice!

Last Updated on Monday, 27 April 2015 09:05
 
10 Best Chess Games by Mikhail Tal E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 03 May 2015 20:35

tal best gamesMikhail Tal was the 8th World Chess Champion and widely recognized as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time. "Misha" was known for his unpredictability and superb improvisation. Tal holds the records for the first and second longest unbeaten streaks in professional chess. There is a lot you can learn from his attacking masterpieces.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2015 08:42
 
Visualization Chess Training E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

chess visualization training Position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply  to calculate the moves.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 09:15
 
3 Exercises That Will Improve Your Chess Concentration Ability E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

chess concentrationMany chess players have problem concentrating on a current position during the game. There are many distracting factors that negatively affect player’s ability to fully concentrate. There is no surprise that if a player cannot fully concentrate on the position he will most likely miscalculate, make a mistake and lose the game. Today we will learn about 3 simple, but very effective exercises that will help you to improve the concentration ability.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 April 2015 09:04
 
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