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It’s Your Move #17

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Thinking Like a Chess Master E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 23 July 2016 23:45

chess masterClub players and beginners have raised their level if we compare to 20 years ago, when the flow of information was not available for everyone. The tactical level of players rated around 1900 it is not much different from players rated 2200.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 July 2016 09:58
7 Most Common Middlegame Mistakes That Most Players Make E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 04:08

7-mistakesMiddlegame is a very important part of the game. It is not only important because that’s where the majority of the games get decided, but also because understanding of the middlegame is directly proportional to one’s rating. Many chess professionals suggest spending more time on fundamental middlegame understanding, for improving your overall chess. Today we will take a look at 7 most common middlegame mistakes that most players make.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 05:04
5 Ways to Stop Losing at Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 15 July 2016 00:00

3 ways to stop losingEveryone hates losing games. Oddly enough many players think that playing a lot is the only way to start playing better chess. There is some truth in that. However, there are many players that play for years and don't improve. Today I will tell you about the 5 very effective ways to stop losing at chess.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 July 2016 13:39
The Sharp Semi-Slav Defense E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 11 July 2016 00:00

semi-slav defenseOne of the most popular options nowadays against 1.d4 is the so called Semi Slav Defense. It is a complex opening in which black is able to fight for the initiative without taking any major positional risks. The Semi Slav was one of Kasparov's most dangerous weapons when he was in his prime, but many other attacking players like Shirov, Dreev, Topalov have also played it with success.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 09:09
10 Checkmates to Keep an Eye On E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 18 July 2016 00:00

10 checkmates to keep an eye onCheckmating an opponent is an ultimate goal of any chess game. Knowing typical mating patterns already decides half of the success. By learning the typical checkmates, you will be able to not only increase your chances of mating your opponent, but also will be able to avoid getting mated yourself. In this article we will take a look at 10 tricky checkmates that every player should keep an eye on.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2016 10:30
3 Best Games of the Week - 36 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 00:00

best games of the weekFor this week’s edition of the 3 best games we chose three interesting games played by strong Grandmasters. The first one sees GM Dieter Nisipeanu with the black pieces winning against GM Arkadij Naiditsch with a novelty in the French Defense.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:17
New Trends in The Italian Opening E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 08 July 2016 00:00

new-italianThrough the years the Italian opening, also known as Giocco Pianno (Italian for “quiet game”) has always been under the shadow of the ever popular Ruy Lopez as white’s main weapon against 1…e5. One of the reasons for this is that the positions arising from the Italian are far less complex than the ones that can arise in the Ruy Lopez’s labyrinth.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 08:50
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