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Sochi 2014

world chess championship 2014

Game of The Month

2013 was a terrible period for Viswanathan Anand. It was the year in which he lost the world championship title. In the pall of gloom there was one illuminating moment that lit up ... Read More


Chess Problem #8

The 1st Place was taken by Anatoly Mukoseev (Russia) followed by Bojan Vuckovic (Serbia) who came 2nd and Kacper Piorun (Poland) who came 3rd... Read More

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3 Hardest Mate-in-4 Ever E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

mate in 4Few days ago we have released an article 5 Chess Combinations to Solve Today. These weren’t exactly the hardest problems as some of the readers pointed out. That is why today we release these mate in 4 problems (they are much harder). So, if you want to challenge your tactical ability, this is your chance. Solve these 4 tactics problems, and compare you answers with the solutions posted at the end. Good luck!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 09:54
5 Chess Combinations to Solve Today E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 22:17

chess tacticsTactics training is a very important element for any chess training program. Unless you are at least 2400 rated, your tactics vision is not that great and it is something that can dramatically improve your overall level if worked on consistently. Let me give you a simple analogy. Just think that your chess ability is a horse. A weak tactical vision means that your horse has only one leg instead of all 4. Is it easy to ride a one-legged horse?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 09:30
Top 4 Chess Training Options: Review E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 13 November 2014 23:46

chess training options Many chess players ask me the same question, how to improve at chess. There are different options available that can get you where you want to be with your chess.

In today’s article, we will look at different training options and will try to figure out which ones make sense and which ones not so much.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 November 2014 10:27
3 Effective Training Methods According to Mark Dvoretsky E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

chess training According to a famous chess coach Viktor Goncharov, today's chess training methods have multiple serious flaws. The most significant one is probably the inability of chess coaches (very strong chess players themselves) to understand the difficulties that their students are facing when studying chess.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 November 2014 10:45
5 Rules of Positional Chess Every Player Must Know E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 16 November 2014 21:25

positional chessMost chess games are decided in the middle-game where the main action takes place. In the opening players just deliver pieces and put their king to safety preparing for an assault. There are three most fundamental chess elements that decide level of a player: positional understanding, combinational vision and calculating ability.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 10:49
Improving Your Tactical Vision: 5 Chess Position to Study E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:00

tacticsIt is well know that in order to improve your positional understanding you need to study games of stronger chess players. What do we do about tactics? Do you need to solve tons of problems? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. You need to solve the right type of tactics, the ones that actually have occurred in real games.

I have good news for you though. By studying today’s problems you will not only improve your tactical vision but also will add few ideas to your positional arsenal.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:11
5 Lessons to Learn From Magnus Carlsen's Endgames E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 06 November 2014 20:54

carlsen endgamesMagnus Carlsen is not only successful because of his tremendous tactics calculating ability, middle game understanding and photographic memory. A big part of his success is due to superior understanding of endgame positions, something not very common to the younger generation of chess players. Often, even in dead equal positions Carlsen is able to squeeze out the win. How does he do it? Let take a look at these 3 examples:

Last Updated on Friday, 07 November 2014 10:21
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