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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
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
5 Things Chess Players Should Focus on in 2017 E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 26 December 2016 11:16

focus in 2017New Year means new beginning and new possibilities. But what exactly does it mean for your chess? You definitely don’t want to start from scratch. Whether you made it to 1200, 1500 or 1800 elo this year, you want to build upon what you already have to move forward. How do you make sure you reach your chess goals in 2017? Here are the 5 things you should focus on to make your chess dreams come true.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 December 2016 11:21
How to reach 1400 elo in 2 weeks? E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

1400 eloEvery chess player wants to improve. Oddly enough, many players are still missing out on fundamentals which prevent them from making progress. These fundamentals are something that all coaches teach their students in the first few months. It is similar to making a strong foundation for a tall building. If the foundation is shaky, the whole structure will collapse. You don’t want to be building a skyscraper on a foundation like that. Same idea applies to chess. Lack of certain important principles is something that will not allow you to become a stronger player.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:43
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
Realizing the Space Advantage E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 23 December 2016 01:13

space advantageOne of the most important elements of the positional struggle in a chess game is the element of “space”. Now, between amateurs and club players this aspect is often underrated or misjudged. In this article we will shed some light in the application of this concept, so let’s start first by some key definitions.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 December 2016 12:21
10 Things About Chess You Thought Were True That Aren't E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 19 December 2016 00:00

10 things you thought were trueChess is one of the most popular games in the world, with hundreds of millions playing it around the globe. At the same time, it is one of the most complicated and confusing sports, with a lot of written and unwritten rules. There are many questions being constantly asked about the game. Chess players often get confused and surprised when common knowledge about the game turns out to be totally false. In today’s article we will try to answer some of the things about chess you thought were true, that aren’t.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2016 23:52
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