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3 Best Games of the Week - 43 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:04

best games of the weekThis week’s edition features two victories in the Najdorf Sicilian by Ivanchuk & Gelfand from the European Club Cup competition and one crazy game played by the super strong GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in the Babarian Open.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:42
 
7 Ways to Beat Under 1600 players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 28 November 2016 00:36

how to beat 1600Continuing with the subject of overcoming difficulties against players of different levels, let’s get a closer look at the main characteristics of a player of this level. Most players over 1400, already in the range of 1500-1600, know theory to a certain extent.

If you have greater knowledge it will be easy to obtain an advantage out of the opening.However, if your level is similar then it is best to find the weakness elsewhere.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:34
 
7 Greatest Games on Sicilian Najdorf E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 20 November 2016 20:02

7 best games on najdorfSicilian Najdorf is one of most popular and best scoring openings played against 1.e4. It can be found everywhere from a local chess club to the world championship level. Greatest player of all time Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov occasionally used this opening in the most crucial games.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 November 2016 11:54
 
5 Ways to Start Thinking Like a Grandmaster E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 19:13

think like a grandmasterRegardless the level of play or strength, there is one thing that every dedicated player can achieve and that is the ability to “think like a GM”. Very often we struggle with problems such as poor calculation skills, lack of opening preparation, little endgame knowledge or even handling the time pressure that prevent us from reaching a higher level.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 00:57
 
7 Ways to Beat Under 1400 Players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

beat under 1400One of the key moments in your progress is when you start winning constantly against a low rated opposition. This means you are ready to move on to the next level. Very often we see club players who praise a positive result against a higher rated player although on the next round they had lost to someone even lower rated than them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:31
 
5 Tips to Build Your Own Chess Training Program E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:00

making your own training programThere are several ways for chess players to find their own ways of maintaining or even improving their level to a higher degree.The most common ways of training used by semi-professionals to club players is basically to go over the chess games played around the world in the strong tournaments, play a lot of blitz online, review the openings of interest using a chess program.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2016 12:47
 
8 Chess Openings Played by Magnus Carlsen E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 14 November 2016 00:00

8 magnus carlsen openingsEvery player wants to play like famous Magnus Carlsen. We saw him crashing his competition, winning tournament after tournament and match after match. He has many perks including photographic memory, super-human IQ and ability to stay focused for 6-7 hours straight.That’s not the only reason he is so successful. His opening preparation has to do a lot with many of his wins.

Today we will take a look at 8 chess openings that help Calrsen stay on top of the rating list and keep the World Championship title.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 November 2016 12:10
 
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