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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
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
Planning in Accordance with The Pawn Structure E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 06 March 2017 00:00

planning your pawn structureStrategy plays a big part in a chess game. In positions where tactical play is absent, the players with a superior strategical thinking tend to outplay their opponents. It is often seen that inexperienced players play assorted moves without any link between them; this generally leads to their defeat. It is easier to find good moves if you’re following an idea, a goal to reach.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 March 2017 13:13
6 Greatest Grandmaster's Upsets E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 00:00

greatest upsetsDo you think Grandmasters always outplay the lower rated competition? Think again. Even the greatest players like Garry Kasparov may lose to those 300 points lower rated. Can a Grandmaster lose to a Master rated player? What if that Grandmaster is a World Champion Vishy Anand? The answer is “yes”.  In this article we will experience some of the greatest Grandmaster’s upsets. Ready? Let’s get started.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:48
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
The Isolated Queen’s Pawn vs The c3/c6 Pawn E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 03 March 2017 00:00

isolated pawnIsolated queen’s pawn positions are incredibly rich in ideas for both sides. The discussion on how there are several possible ways to play these type of positions for both sides and is never-ending. In this article we will discuss a very important structure that occurs often in such positions; see the following diagram.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 March 2017 12:27
7 Best Games by Richard Reti E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 27 February 2017 00:00

richard retiRichard Reti was one of the top players in the world from 1910s to 1920s. Reti was a classical combinative player. His favorite opening was King’s Gambit. He beat many strong players including Jose Raul Capablanca and the future world champion Alexander Alekhine. Richard Reti was also a renowned endgame study composer. He set a blindfold game record in 1925 by playing 29 games simultaneously without seeing the boards. Here is some of his best games.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2017 12:48
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