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Isolated Pawn Endgames: 4 Things to Keep in Mind E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 12 December 2016 00:19

isolated pawnIt is probably one of the most common and studied pawn formations; however, it’s not always easy to handle structures with an isolated pawn, no matter if you’re playing with or against it. As we have previously stated, the isolated pawn can be either a weakness or an advantage, depending on the position. You can find more details and ideas on how to play with both sides in our previous articles on this topic.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2016 11:49
6 Things to Keep in Mind to Find Best Moves E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:39

best moves in chessEvery chess player wants to learn how Grandmasters make those incredible moves. Do they have a special set of rules they follow to find the moves that win games, tournaments and even World Championship Matches? Is it all inherent talent or those rules can be learned by others? The answer lays somewhere in the middle. Of course, there are rules that even amateur players can learn and master how to apply for finding the best moves. There is also a talent component, which can possible be enhanced by specialized training. In this article, we will learn 6 things that will help you at finding the best moves in your own games.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2016 09:48
7 Best Games on Grunfeld Defense E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 05 December 2016 00:48

grunfeld defenseGrunfeld defense is very popular choice for amateurs and professionals alike. It was tried and tested many times in elite tournaments and World Championship Matches including Kasparov - Karpov and Kasparov - Kramnik. Grunfeld Defense is a hyper-modern opening with many interesting ideas for both white and black pieces. It was played by many great players including Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov, and so on. Let's take a look at seven best games played with Grunfeld Defense.

Last Updated on Monday, 05 December 2016 01:06
7 Ways to Beat Under 1600 players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Monday, 28 November 2016 00:36

how to beat 1600Continuing with the subject of overcoming difficulties against players of different levels, let’s get a closer look at the main characteristics of a player of this level. Most players over 1400, already in the range of 1500-1600, know theory to a certain extent.

If you have greater knowledge it will be easy to obtain an advantage out of the opening.However, if your level is similar then it is best to find the weakness elsewhere.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2016 11:34
6 Ways to Win a Chess Game E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

6 ways to win chess gamesChess is everything art, science and sport. Most of all, chess is a war over the board. Any player knows that objective of the game is to win. There are only 3 ways to claim a victory in chess: checkmating your opponent, making your opponent resign and winning on time. There are couple more rare situations like failure to show up and disqualification, but we won’t bother covering those scenarios. Even though there are only 3 ways to claim a victory at chess, there are many ways for achieving that outcome. In this article we will discuss 6 ways to win a chess game.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:45
3 Best Games of the Week - 43 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:04

best games of the weekThis week’s edition features two victories in the Najdorf Sicilian by Ivanchuk & Gelfand from the European Club Cup competition and one crazy game played by the super strong GM Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu in the Babarian Open.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 December 2016 02:42
7 Ways to Beat Under 1400 Players E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 00:00

beat under 1400One of the key moments in your progress is when you start winning constantly against a low rated opposition. This means you are ready to move on to the next level. Very often we see club players who praise a positive result against a higher rated player although on the next round they had lost to someone even lower rated than them.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2016 12:31
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