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Developing The Sense of Danger E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

developing sense of danger Creating a suitable working plan in order to improve our chess is never easy. It is very important to find the right material, but it is perhaps even more important to know what to work on. This can only be done by analyzing your own games and trying to find your weaknesses. You have to draw your own conclusions and decide what part of the game you have to work on.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 11:20
Typical Endgame Structures: KID - Benoni E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:48

endgame structuresIt is no secret that knowing how to play endgames is very important. Especially in the present day, with so much information about openings, access to coaches and special training in tactics, it is worth your time to accumulate as much endgame knowledge as you can.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:16
Prophylaxis E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

prophilaxisChess is a game of ideas, where the players have to carefully build their position and find weaknesses in the other player’s camp that will allow them to break through. It is easily understood why being able to find a good plan and working on developing certain skills, both tactical and strategic, is very important in order to improve your play.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:03
10 Best Chess Games by Wesley So E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 10 March 2017 01:33

10 best games wesley soWesley So is a Filipino chess prodigy currently represented US. He is number 2 rated chess player in the world behind only Magnus Carlsen. Wesley So set a record by being the youngest player to cross 2600, previously held by Carlsen.  So has a very aggressive and tactical style, who likes to sacrifice his queen or any other pieces for starting a devastating attack. At the same time, his play is very solid and reliable. Today we will see some of Wesley So’s best games.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 March 2017 12:57
10 Must-Know Checkmates E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 20 March 2017 00:00

10 checkmate to knowCheckmate is an ultimate goal of the game. Ability to deliver a checkmate is closely tied to tactics. It is a very important skill that chess players of all levels, and especially those under 2200 should focus on. The best approach to study checkmates is to carefully understand the ideas and remember key pattern. Pattern recognition is the key concept here. It is well known that chess masters know 1000s of tactical combinations and are able to instantly identify them. Today we will learn 10 must-know checkmates.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 11:11
The Principle of Two Weaknesses E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00

2 weaknessesMany of you may have read before about the principle of two weaknesses, but for beginners it might still be a concept difficult to apply, although very easy to remember. This principle is most important one to remember in positions when you’re trying to materialize an advantage, either material or positional.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 12:07
7 Best Games Played with Evans Gambit E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 00:52

evans gambitThe Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of Giuoco Piano. The opening is named after William Evans, who is the first player to use it. This opening quickly became a popular choice for many great masters including Anderssen, Morphy, and Chigorin. Eventually, Emanuel Lasker came up with the novelty that allowed getting an upper hand by returning the pawn.  The opening was not popular for the majority of the 20th century, up until Garry Kasparov won some decisive games with it. Today we will see some of the best games played with the Evans Gambit.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 12:44
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