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Top 10 Openings Played by Bobby Fischer E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

fischer top chess openingsBobby Fischer is an American chess grandmaster. He is considered to be one of the greatest chess players of all time. Fischer showed his skill in early age by already winning very strong players by the age of 13.  At 20 he became the US chess champion, winning with a perfect 11/11 score. Soon afterwards he won the World Championship and became the first official #1 rated player. He achieved top elo of 2775, which was unprecedented at the time.  Today we will examine top 10 openings played by Bobby Fischer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:36
7 Devastating Opening Plays E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Friday, 31 March 2017 12:39

devastating opening playsOpening is the first, most fundamental stage of the game. Opening play often decides how the game progresses into the middlegame and then into the endgame. Typically, slight opening inaccuracies and mistake don't lead to instant defeat. However, when the mistake is serious enough and the opponent is strong a single opening mistake can finish the game. Today, we will explore 7 examples of how opening mistakes can lead to the devastating results.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 March 2017 12:52
Developing The Sense of Danger E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

developing sense of danger Creating a suitable working plan in order to improve our chess is never easy. It is very important to find the right material, but it is perhaps even more important to know what to work on. This can only be done by analyzing your own games and trying to find your weaknesses. You have to draw your own conclusions and decide what part of the game you have to work on.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 11:20
10 Must-Know Checkmates E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 20 March 2017 00:00

10 checkmate to knowCheckmate is an ultimate goal of the game. Ability to deliver a checkmate is closely tied to tactics. It is a very important skill that chess players of all levels, and especially those under 2200 should focus on. The best approach to study checkmates is to carefully understand the ideas and remember key pattern. Pattern recognition is the key concept here. It is well known that chess masters know 1000s of tactical combinations and are able to instantly identify them. Today we will learn 10 must-know checkmates.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 11:11
9 Must See Classic Games E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 00:00

9 must see gamesStudying classic games is a tested and proven approach for learning the strategies and mastering the ideas. It's not always easy to understand the purpose of each move because it is a part of a bigger plan which can go as deep as a dozen moves ahead. That's why it is important to study well-annotated games, where the most important ideas are explained. It is next to impossible progress as a chess player without getting exposed to the classics. In today's article, we are going to share 9 classic chess games. You can learn a lot from those, let's get started!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:15
Typical Endgame Structures: KID - Benoni E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:48

endgame structuresIt is no secret that knowing how to play endgames is very important. Especially in the present day, with so much information about openings, access to coaches and special training in tactics, it is worth your time to accumulate as much endgame knowledge as you can.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:16
Prophylaxis E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:00

prophilaxisChess is a game of ideas, where the players have to carefully build their position and find weaknesses in the other player’s camp that will allow them to break through. It is easily understood why being able to find a good plan and working on developing certain skills, both tactical and strategic, is very important in order to improve your play.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:03
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