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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
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
10 Habits of a Chess Master E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00

10 habits of chess mastersChess players are unique persons compared to other areas of the society. A chess player, no matter his level, is absorbed by the game and, even when he is not playing, his thoughts are very often in the game. Naturally, the more a chess player gets involved in the game, the more fanatic and enthusiastic he becomes. In this article we are going to write about habits; what are the most common habits that chess masters have? It won’t be easy to write about such a large community, but being a master ourselves and having shared years of experience with colleagues will write a list, maybe you’ll find yourself identified.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 11:52
The Decisive Battle - World Championship 2016 E-mail
Written by chessbibliophile   
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

world championship gameMagnus Carlsen confirmed his position as the world champion with a successful defense of his title last November against Sergei Karjakin. After 12 games the score remained level and it was the mini match of rapid games that proved decisive. The first two games were hard-fought draws and tension was at its peak on the eve of the third game. Here is what happened:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:56
How to Unlock Your Grandmaster Mind E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

unlock gm mindUnderstanding the game of chess is not something exclusive to the world top players. Chess can be understood by all chess fans and enthusiasts who are willing to learn new things about the game every day. In this article we would like to explain you how you can improve your level and get closer to the mind of a Grandmaster.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2017 13:08
7 Reasons Why Magnus Carlsen is World Champion E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 18 January 2017 00:24

why carlsen is a world championMagnus Carlsen has been dominating the chess scene for the last few years and has established himself as one of the strongest (if not the strongest) players at the moment. By winning many prestigious tournaments and scoring great results against strong players right from an early age, Carlsen was a safe bet that he would be part of the elite chess one day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:09
5 Proven Ways to Improve at Chess E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 16 January 2017 00:00

5 proven ways to improveImproving at chess has to be one of the most mysterious things of all sports. The training of the mind is not as easily measured as the physical training, for example. While running, lifting weights or swimming will transform you and you will see results in a short amount of time after doing it, it is not that simple with chess.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 13:16
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