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7 Chess Moves You Should Never Play E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 23 September 2016 00:00

7 chess moves you should never playThere are billions of different chess moves waiting to be played. If you are a novice player it is hard to always know whether the move you are about to play is a good one.  Indeed, it is impossible to suggest a general rule which would allow you to predict how strong the move is with 100% accuracy.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 September 2016 10:27
The Torre Attack Against the Nimzo - Queen’s Indian Defenses E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 00:00

the torre attack nimzoThis article is a continuation to our previous survey on the Torre Attack against the Indian Defenses with 1…Nf6 and 2...g6. Once we have studied the Torre system against the Fianchetto Defenses, it is time to have a look inside the equally popular Nimzo/ Queen’s Indian tandem.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 September 2016 09:49
5 Things No Chess Player Wants to Hear E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 16 September 2016 00:00

5 things no chess player wants to hearThere is a lot of chess advice flying around. Some is valuable; some may be useless or even harmful. The problem is most of the times it‘s hard to differentiate which one is which. If advice is coming from a GM or IM does it mean it is always valuable? Will it work for you? Possibly, but not necessarily. Many chess players are skeptical about advice, even if it comes from a much stronger player. Today we will learn about five things no chess player wants to hear.

Last Updated on Friday, 16 September 2016 09:08
How to Win at Chess – 10 Key Tips to Follow E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 12 September 2016 09:45

winning at chessWinning at chess on under 1800 level is not as hard as it sounds. Outcome of most games is decided by serious mistakes or blunders. If you want to consistently win at his level, there are certain rules you need to follow and skills you should master. You don’t need to have an extraordinary talent, photographic memory or ability to calculate 10 moves ahead. Everything is much simpler. To win chess games you simply need to follow the ten tips given below.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 September 2016 11:21
Material Imbalances: Queen versus Two Rooks E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

queen-rookDuring a game of chess, a player must constantly evaluate the positions arising on the board. As we have seen before, in order to do this correctly, one needs good positional understanding, as well as attacking skills. After deciding what type of play should be employed, typical chess patterns, such as weak pawns, weak squares, position of the kings, piece coordination, activity, development and so on come into consideration.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 September 2016 11:02
Solid Weapon for White: The Torre Attack Against the Indian Defenses E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 00:00

the torre attack kidThere are many solid ways to play 1.d4, nowadays the most popular being the London System (2.Bf4) partially thanks to the efforts of Gata Kamsky and his excellent results in this line. However, there is another sideline which is an excellent weapon to fight against the tactical King’s Indian/Grunfeld players, the so-called Torre Attack.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 10:03
3 Best Games of the Week - 38 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 10 September 2016 00:00

best chess games of the weekWe have selected 3 games from the closed tournament Karpov Poikovsky 2016. The 17th edition of this tournament gathered top players like Jakovenko, Korobov, Sutovsky, Bologan, Kovalenko, Motylev, Matlakov, Wojtaszek, Smirin and Andreikin. The tournament was won by Ukranian GM Anton Korobov with 6 points out of 9. Second place went to Wojtaszek (5.5) and third place to Matlakov with 5.

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2016 10:54
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