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 Endgame Study #13

Chess Problem #10

I stumbled on the following position by chance while I was researching material for an article. It was the name of the composer... Read more


It’s Your Move #17

You are playing against Magnus Carlsen in the Blitz Championship. He has drifted into a lost position with some careless play. Read More


10 Sickest Chess Combinations You've Never Seen E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 21 October 2016 00:02

10 craziest chess combinationsCombination is a sequence of moves, initiated by a forcing move or a sacrifice which leaves an opponent with limited number of options. Ability to find tactical combinations is something separating those stronger players from the rest of the field. Grandmasters are capable of finding tactics even in the most tricky positions, when there are no obvious clues. Today we will examine and learn from 10 very unusual tactical games you’ve never seen!

Last Updated on Friday, 21 October 2016 09:41
7 Things About Chess Most Players Just Don’t Get E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

7 things about chess beginners don't getChess is a complex game, and even though the rules are pretty straightforward there are also some un-written rules that should be followed (or not followed). Oftentimes, chess players get confused about those things, by blindly following the rules. Surprisingly, it may lead to a disaster. In today’s article we will talk about the seven things about chess most players just don’t get.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 October 2016 22:44
7 Things to Consider When Picking an Opening E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 17 October 2016 00:00

7 things to consider when picking an openingKnowing your openings well is one of the main goals for every chess player. It is an issue that will probably go along with you during your whole career. No matter if you are an amateur or a professional player, openings will always be a matter of concern. The theory grows with every game played around the globe and it is almost impossible to have an eternal opening. Besides, it would be boring. In this article we’d like to share our own views on how to select your weapons before the battle and give you some tips on how to study them.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 09:41
3 Best Games of The Week - 39 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:00

3 best games of the weekWith so many strong tournaments going on right now, it wasn’t easy to select this week’s best games. There are plenty of good games that have been played lately, but we decided to give our readers a treat and chose some sharp, entertaining ones.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:58
2 Best Games of The Week - 40 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:00

chess games of the weekA player who was always in contention for the first prize in the Abu Dhabi Open was the Indian Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban, who also showed great fighting chess.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 21:53
5 Most Effective Chess Training Techniques You Have to Try E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 14 October 2016 00:00

5 most effective training techniquesHave you ever felt like you have reached the top of your level? Times goes by and you see no improvement in your play? In this article we want to give you 5 training tips that could change this situation drastically. Each one of us has different strengths and weaknesses, as well as different amount of time available for chess. However, there are general and tested methods that guarantee improvement within months. Here is a list with what we consider the most effective exercises.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 October 2016 09:52
9 Most Unbelievable Chess Games You've Never Seen E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 00:00

10 unbelievable chess gameEvery chess player appreciates beautiful combinations, deadly sacrifices and forced checkmates. There is a lot you can learn by simply going over well annotated master’s games. Every game contains tons of ideas, thoughts, tactical motifs and maneuvers. If you master those, you will start applying it in your own games and improve your game in no time. Today we present 9 most unbelievable chess games you’ve never seen.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 October 2016 10:17
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