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5 Tips to Game-Winning Exchanges E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 01 July 2016 00:00

winningOne of the most difficult decisions in the game of chess is executing the right trades at the right moment. Many beginners trade pieces deliberately during the game and only start thinking about the consequences when it's already too late.In this article we are going to approach this subject and give you some tips and questions to ask yourself before executing a trade.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 06:40
5 Ways to Stop Blundering at Chess (once and for all) E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 00:00

5 ways to stop blunderingWe all enjoy a good game of chess and hope to produce games that we can proudly show our friends or students. However, sometimes things just go wrong at some point and it’s probably safe to say that all of us have made, at least once in our life, an inexplicable move that simply turns all the efforts we have put in the game so far into dust.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 07:30
7 Master Tips to Improve Your Opening Play E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:00

7 master tipsIn modern chess practice, the opening phase has become an essential factor of the game. For every chess player, from grandmaster to beginner, having a good opening preparation is a necessity in order to obtain good results in over the board games. Usually, the help of a chess coach can do a lot to improve your opening knowledge. However, it is also possible to do some self-study. Here is some advice that will help you through the process.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2016 11:23
King’s Indian Defense Dealing with the Four Pawns Attack E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 20 June 2016 00:00

king's indian defenseThe four pawns attack is one of the most aggressive lines against the King’s Indian Defense. From a very early stage in the opening white grabs a considerable amount of space, hoping to put black in a crammed position. The drawback of this system is that sometimes white finds himself overextended and his mass of pawns in the center becomes a weakness rather than strength. 

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2016 09:21
5 Ways to Improve Your Chess for Under 2000 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

5 ways to improve your chessImproving your chess level is not possible over the night. It takes a lot of hard work, time and dedication. And even so, there are no guarantees that a significant improvement will happen. Moreover, what a player studies a day can show several weeks or even months later. However, beginners should not be intimidated by this. In fact, the journey of chess improvement is full of self reward and entertainment. In this article we will give some tips on how beginners can improve their level working by themselves.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2016 12:45
10 Greatest Grandmaster Tactics E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 22:37

gm tacticsTactics is a probably single and most important element at chess. Oftentimes, it is something that decides if one wins or loses the game. Chess players spend a lot of time working on tactics by solving chess studies, puzzles, etc. That, however, doesn't address one very common issues that club players are having. They are simply not aware of certain types of tactics. The only way to learn it, is by actually seeing it in game. In today's article you will see some of the "sophisticated" grandmaster tactics, that you can apply in your own games. Let's get started.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:10
5 Best Games by Richard Reti E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:38

reti best gamesRichard Reti was one of the top players in 1910s and 1920s. In New York 1924 tournament he played 1.Nf3 d4 2.c4 (aka Reti Opening) to defeat the World Champion Jose Capablanca. That was Capablana’s first defeat in 8 years! Reti have set a record by playing 29 simultaneous games blindfolded. Reti is also a famous chess studies composer and a writer. In this article we will learn from some of the best Reti’s games.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 June 2016 09:24
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