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Endgame Study #11

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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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Dynamic Structures: Hanging Pawns + Bishop Pair E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 03 August 2015 00:00

Dynamic structuresMany openings, like the Alapin variation against the Sicilian, the Rubinstein (4.e3) versus the Nimzo Indian, the Panov Attack against the Caro Kan, have in common that, very often, white gets an isolated queen's pawn in the middlegame and eventually, after exchanges, hanging pawns arise.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 August 2015 08:50
 
New Trends in The Sicilian: Dare to Try 2.Be2!? E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 31 July 2015 00:00

sicilian defenseIt is no secret that the Sicilian Defense occupies a huge percentage of the training and study time of the majority of chess players. Working out the mainlines of the most popular choices for black, memorizing forced variations or finding novelties in critical positions is all part of the day to day training.

Last Updated on Saturday, 01 August 2015 09:53
 
5 Most Important Skills That All Strong Chess Players Have E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 27 July 2015 00:00

chess skillsIt is a mystery for many chess players how the masters and grandmasters are able to outplay others with such an ease. Some chess players even think that those elite players have some special abilities that allow them to calculate all variations 25 moves ahead, memorize most of the known opening lines, and possess Houdini-like tactical skills. In today's article we will learn about the five chess skills that all strong chess players have.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 09:09
 
3 Best Games of the Week - 13 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 25 July 2015 11:55

wei yiWei Yi is the sensation of chess right now. His crushing wins against strong GMs from all over the world are everywhere.

In this game we see the other side, a defeat against Matlakov who did a fantastic performance in the match between China and Russia. The game was a Grunfeld defense a rare line ...

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 July 2015 12:15
 
How to Deal With Chess Anxieties, Barriers and Obstacles E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 00:00

chess Many chess players ask me the same questions over and over again. The most common questions involve the big 3: anxieties before and during the game, barriers that prevent them from improving at chess and obstacles that disallow focusing on chess, sticking to the plan and reaching the goals. In today's article you will learn how to deal with these 3 big problems that prevent many chess players from fully enjoying the game and reaching their potential.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:15
 
New in Chess Yearbook 114 Review E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Sunday, 26 July 2015 00:00

ivanchuk-soChessbibliophile continues his series of reviews on New in Chess Yearbooks, important titles from the point of opening theory - Ed.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 July 2015 18:27
 
Typical Sacrifices in The Middlegame: The Achilles Heel E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00

sacrificesIn chess, the f7 (f2) square is well known as the “Achilles Heel” of the position. The name has been given from the fact that this is the weakest point in each player’s camp. If you take a look at every initial pawn square, you will notice that this one is the only one that’s protected once and the protecting piece is not even a strong one, but the king!

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 09:34
 
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