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6 Most Common Chess Mistakes for Under 1400 Elo E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 26 August 2016 07:10

6 mistakes under 1400 makeAll chess player want to advance to the next level. It doesn’t matter if you are 1000, 1200 or 1400 rated you most likely want to add at least 200 points to your current elo.  It seems that for under 1400 rated players it should be easy to improve, but it turns out they are the ones struggling the most. What mistakes are preventing U1400s from reaching their goals? Are these some common mistakes that many players make over and over again? Let’s figure this out together!

Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2016 07:20
 
5 Things You Should Never Say to a Chess Player E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 00:00

5-thing-never-say-to-chessMany chess players take the game pretty seriously, so if you start questioning their devotion don’t get surprised if they become somewhat aggressive.   Whether you are a chess player or not you can’t deny that chess is the most popular “board game” in the world.  If you have chess-playing friends and want to keep them this article is for you!


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 09:23
 
3 Lessons To Learn From Vladimir Kramnik E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 19 August 2016 00:00

kramnik lessonsVladimir Kramnik is one of the greatest chess players of our time. His positional playing style and fabulous endgame technique are quite unique and his games make great studying material for those who want to improve these aspects of the game. Kramnik’s contribution to the opening theory should not go unnoticed either; if the Berlin variation is so popular today it is because of its revival back in the year 2000 when he employed it to neutralize Kasparov’s 1.e4 during the match for the world title, which he won.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 08:33
 
3 Best Games of the Week - 37 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 15 August 2016 00:00

best-gamesLast few days have been great for chess. Lots of tournaments from all over the world and great games played by several strong Grandmasters all over the world made very difficult to pick only three ‘’best games’’. However, we did a very nice selection and we hope you enjoy it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 22:30
 
Fort Knox Variation in The French Defense E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

fort knoxThe French defense is a very popular choice nowadays among chess players of all levels. It’s quite flexible and it offers black unbalanced positions almost in any line. In this article we will have an inside look in the so called Fort Knox variation of the French and we will see how to play against it.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2016 10:16
 
Typical Pawn Structures: e5 pawn – a Strength or a Weakness? E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 09:17

e5 pawnUnderstanding pawn structures is one of the key aspects in chess. The pawn structure is very revealing, as it not only tells you on which flank you must play, but sometimes (and very often I may add) it reveals the character of play.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 August 2016 21:45
 
Queen’s Gambit: The Ragozin Defense E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 11 August 2016 00:00

ragozin defenseThe Ragozin Defense has become very popular nowadays against the move 1.d4.

Given its flexibility in the move order, black can employ it in different move orders, depending on white’s starting move.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 August 2016 05:46
 
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