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10 Ways to Improve Your Openings E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 00:00

10 ways to improve openingsEvery chess player, of any level, is constantly trying to improve and show his best chess over the board. In order to successfully accomplish this, it is important to study all three phases of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:20
10 Ways to Improve Your Chess E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 06 February 2017 00:00

10 ways to improve at chessNo matter what your level is in chess, there is one thing every chess player wants: to become better and better. Every chess personality is different and everybody has a different approach. In order to improve you have to find a self-balance and try every possible method until you discover what works best for you. Remember that not only do chess players differ on the playing style, but also the circumstances around everyone are different. You must be realistic about your goal, but most of all about your capacities. In other words, make a plan according to your available time, your style of play and go ahead with it without changing it.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 13:24
3 Easy Steps to Start Improving at Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 00:00

start improving in 3 stepsMany chess players are struggling to improve. They spend countless hours researching different “effective” ways to study, finding coaches, reading books, courses, etc. etc. Chess improvement is a straightforward process, especially for those rated under 2200 FIDE. Nevertheless, majority of players struggle to achieve any improvement and if it happens it is a very slow and unpredictable process. What’s going on here? Why is it the case? In this article, I will share a simple 3-step approach that you can use to improve your game.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 05:39
10 Ways to Improve Your Calculation Skills E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 27 January 2017 00:00

10 ways to improveChess is mostly about tactics. That doesn’t necessarily mean complicated combinations, but simply minor operations that take place at every instance of the game. The positional ideas and concepts often have to be backed up with accurate calculation or in extreme cases they can only be enforced by precise and well calculated variations. Therefore, calculation is the muscle of every chess player. How many positional players are able to get strong/winning positions and then fail when the opponent starts shooting desperado moves in order to survive?

Last Updated on Friday, 27 January 2017 10:49
10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 03 February 2017 00:00

why chess rocksFor many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity.

The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 February 2017 13:18
7 Best Games on Vienna Game E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 30 January 2017 00:25

viennaVienna Game was developed at the end of 19th century. The main idea of this opening is to defend the e4 pawn and the d5 square, launching an attack with quick f2-f4. Vienna is a rare opening, and cannot be often seen in Grandmasters' games.  Black has strong counter-chances with d7-d5 push. This is a good opening for those who prefers to stay away from popular lines. It is easy to go wrong in this opening with any color, thus you should be familiar with the theory before playing it in a serious game. Here are some of the best games on this opening.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 January 2017 12:32
How I became an International Master, and You Can Too E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:00

how to become an international masterOne of most frequent questions I get from chess students and friends is “How did you become an International Master?”.

Especially those who are starting often ask this question; as if there was a formula they could follow in order to do the same.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:32
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