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10 Reasons You’re Not 2000 Rated – Yet E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 16 December 2016 00:00

10 reasons you are not 2000Many chess players want to cross magical 2000 elo mark, to have that “2” next to their name. 2000+ is a very respectable rating and will place you in top 3-5% of all rated chess players. With the right training a chess player is expected to reach the 2000 level in about 3 years. Some players make it faster; others never make it. If you are reading it, the chances are you did not make the magic 2000 mark yet. Here are the 10 reasons you’re not 2000 rated yet!

Last Updated on Friday, 16 December 2016 11:35
 
3 Best Games from The World Championship Match 2016 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:06

best games WCC 2016For this week’s edition of the three best games we have chosen to comment three of the twelve classical games played in the World Championship match in New York. It was a tight match with very few (only two) decided games, but most of the draws were hard fought and some with chances for both sides. Magnus Carlsen put a lot of pressure on Karjakin, but the Russian Grandmaster showed great defensive skills, as he seemed to always find a way to hold the position.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:36
 
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 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
 
10 Best Games on King's Gambit E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 01:30

king's gambit - best gamesKing’s Gambit is one of the most popular openings for past 300 years. It was played by many strongest players including William Steinitz, Bobby Fischer, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky. It is a true gambit, with many aggressive and super aggressive lines. This opening may be especially effective on club level, since many players are unprepared to face it and play it correctly. Here are some of the best games played with King’s Gambit.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:07
 
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
 
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