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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 # 8

The 1st Place was taken by Anatoly Mukoseev (Russia). The following is a beautiful two-mover from the solving contest. Give it a try... Read More


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


3 Things That Most Players Think They Should Do to Improve at Chess (and What They Really Should Do) E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 20:47

improve at chessMany amateur chess players have certain stereotypes about chess training that are pretty difficult to break.  They believe in it very strongly and not willing to change their vision. That is one of the key reasons why they have such a hard time improving their game. Today we will discuss these things in detail.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:14
3 Club Players Games Annotated by IM Renier Castellanos E-mail
Written by IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

annotated games In today's article we picked 3 of the games played by the club players and analyzed by IM Renier Castellanos. These games were submitted to us by players who signed up for our training course during the live lecture event. It is always interesting (and very educational indeed) to observe the difference in thinking and positional evaluation between professional chess players and those rated below 1800-2000. Enjoy!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:53
The King’s Indian Defense - Mar del Plata Variation E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

kidThe King's Indian Defense remains one of the main weapons to play for a win against white's 1.d4. This ever popular defense has had its ups and downs through the history of modern practice. It started getting very popular during the 50's, with the help of players like Bronstein, Geller, and Gligoric.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 09:13
3 Best Games of the Week: How to Beat a Grandmaster E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 24 March 2015 00:00

how to beat a GMThis one was a major upset at Revjiavik Open just a few days ago. Fide Master (FM) Daniel Bisby (2321) from England defeated one of the top Grandmasters, no less than Sergey Movsesian (2665). With very creative play in a Kings Indian Attack white managed to breakthrough black's setup. A game worth seeing.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:15
Fighting the French Defense with 3.Nd2 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 30 March 2015 00:00

french defenseThe French defense (1..e6) is one the most popular responses to 1.e4 in contemporary chess tournaments. It gives black possibilities to create unbalanced positions in a very early stage of the game. Unlike the Sicilian, the positions arising are considerably more closed, with pawns chains in the center.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 08:58
Top 50 Chess Quotes of All Time E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

50 greatest chess quotes of all timeGreat quotes store big and important ideas in just a few words. They transport wisdom that great chess players have accumulated throughout decades of experience.This list of quotes is for those who is aiming for big success. These quotes will both motivate and educate you for becoming a better chess player.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 March 2015 09:07
The Queen’s Gambit Declined: Alternative Plans E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

queen's gambit declinedIn our previous article on the Queen's Gambit Declined we mentioned the main plans for white in the Carlsbad structure. Here we examined specifically the minority attack, with the advance of the b-pawn to b5, followed by the capture on c6 and creating pawn weaknesses in black's territory.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 09:12
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