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Top 10 Chess Openings Played by Garry Kasparov E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 00:00

kasparov best openingsGarry Kasparov is considered to be the greatest chess player of all time. From 1986 to 2005 he was ranked world’s number 1 for 225 out of 228 months! Kasparov holds a record for winning 15 consecutive tournaments. He is also the youngest ever undisputed world champion at age of 22. Great deal of his chess success should be contributed to his opening preparation. Kasparov did such a great job analyzing positions at how, that he has won many of his games due to home preparation. Here are the top 10 openings Kasparov plays.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 13:22
5 Tips for Improving Your Chess E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 09 January 2017 00:00

improving chessSeems like you are doing everything correctly, but you still struggle improving at chess? That's not something unusual and happens to the best of us. There are few typical things that chess players are doing (or not doing) which are responsible for most failures. Simply by adding those things to your routine, you can possibly avoid many disappointments and hopefully reach new heights in your chess career. And the best thing? It will only take couple minutes of your time!

Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 12:13
10 Best Games on Dutch Defense E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:54

dutch defenseDutch defense is a great attacking opening choice where black prepares king's side attack from move one. In order to avoid complication in the center black usually locks it up early in the game. Dutch was never a super popular opening especially on the top level. Nevertheless, many strong players including Alexander Alekhine, Bent Larsen and Paul Morphy used this opening with a great success. Currently, Hikaru Nakamura is the only top-10 player that uses Dutch on regular basis. If you are a club player, looking for a new active opening choice, the Dutch may be exactly what you need.  

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2017 12:41
Grandmaster Sacrifices the Queen E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 30 December 2016 00:00

gm queen sacSacrifices are the salt of the chess battle. There is nothing wrong with clean positional victories, but when you execute a sacrifice the adrenaline high, not only for you but also for the spectators passing by. Chess has had several players famous for their sacrificial style, with Tal being perhaps the most notorious among the classics, but Shirov and Topalov also produced some fantastic gems.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 December 2016 13:35
3 Best Chess Games – 46 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

best games of the weekThe last few weeks have been full of strong and interesting to watch chess events, both of classical and short time control. For this edition we have chosen some entertaining attacking games; we hope you will enjoy watching them!

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 January 2017 14:02
Learning from Vishy Anand: The d5 Square in the Sicilian E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 02 January 2017 00:37

anand vishy Chess is all about following patterns in certain structures. Each pawn structure has its own particularities and there are standard ideas and plans that we can apply regardless the opening we choose. In this article we are going to see some games played by Vishy Anand and his preference for the white side in the Najdorf structure (pawns on d6-e5 vs e4). Anand has been highly successful in this type of positions that can also arise from other openings, for example the Spanish.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 January 2017 13:33
6 Best Games on Queen's Indian Defense E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 28 December 2016 00:00

queen's indianQueen’s Indian Defense is a very solid opening which utilizes the queen’s side bishop to control the center and the long diagonal.  Black focuses on controlling the center with pieces rather than pawns like in all Indian systems.  Queen’s Indian borrows some of its ideas from Nimzo-Indian setups. Both openings use the same idea of allowing white to build a strong center, before attempting to undermine it.  This is a popular hyper-modern approach, which may turn out very effective on amateur level. Today we will look at some of the best games on Queen’s Indian.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2016 12:58
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