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Build your opening repertoire E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 18 February 2010 21:07

chess  openingsThis article is a continuation of Rapid Chess Improvement: Evaluation of Positions, which covered the main things a chess player needs to work on in order to improve the game.

Opening repertoire is a very tricky thing to work on. You do not want to spend too much time studying opening lines which you may never play in actual game. At the same time you do need to know main lines because someone may decide to play them against you.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 February 2010 00:41
Rapid Chess Improvement: Evaluation of Positions E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 08 February 2010 19:27

rapid chess improvementWhat exactly to do in order to improve my chess? It is a common question I hear from different players all around, including my page on Facebook and Twitter.

I already gave an outline how to get better at chess, you may want to review it before reading further. 

In this article, I will suggest the list of things you need to take care of in order to quickly and effectively improve your game and gain elo points. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 October 2014 18:38
Chess is not only about winning E-mail
Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Monday, 01 February 2010 12:50

pogonina imageTheChessWorld begins to publish articles written by WGM Natalia Pogonina as a part of TheChessWorld.com & Pogonina.com cooperation. Natalia Pogonina is three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Championship, winner of the gold medal at the 1st International Mind Sports Games, co-winner of the 2008 Student World Championship, and #1 at multiple prestigious international tournaments. Her current elo is over 2500.

Continuing last week's story about the '09 Russian Superfinal, I would like to share with you my game from round 3 against the experienced 2-time vice-World Champion IM Alisa Galliamova, who also happens to be the ex-wife of GM Vassilii Ivanchuk.  We have played before twice: I won one game and drew one.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2010 20:04
Dictionary of a serious chess player E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 28 January 2010 22:48

chess players analyzeIt always surprised me how many chess players are unfamiliar with chess terminology.  I was recently talking with a player whose rating will hit the master’s level very shortly. We went over the game which was just played between two of us and I mentioned the word “Skewer” while analyzing.  He obviously did not know the term and looked puzzled; I gladly explained that a Skewer is just a reversed pin, with a more valuable piece up front.  We laughed.

I’ve decided to compose these commonly used chess terms and phrases and to form into a single writing in order to let chess players all around speak the same “chess language”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 22:55
Knight and Bishop Checkmate E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 07 February 2010 21:21

knight and bishop checkmateToday I will discuss the Knight + Bishop endgame checkmate.  This endgame was well analyzed by Philidor long time ago, in 1749. It is not the most common mate you will see, it occurs once at every 5000 games, but it is definitely important to know how to use the Knight and a Bishop together.

I have seen many guides that are trying to explain how to actually checkmate a lone King with Knight and Bishop, but they’re very often failing to teach. They show moves, give some explanation and it even seems like you understand how to do it yourself at first, but… when trying to do it, it just doesn’t work.

The problem is that there is no exact guide for this mate available; at least I wasn’t able to find it.  This is a main reason why I’m writing and you’re (hopefully) reading this. I will systematically present the well known information and form an algorithm, how to do it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 22:00
Improve your endgame play E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 31 January 2010 23:43

endgames guideHave you ever found yourself in a position when you think, you should win this endgame but don’t know how, even though it looks so simple? Many players did. In fact they failed to win these dead won endgames and end up with a draw or even a “0” right next to their name.

It feels very disappointing to draw one of these “almost won” endgames. It feels even worth to lose one.

If you’re curious to know how to win them, read on.

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2010 23:55
Chess diet: eat or play? E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Thursday, 21 January 2010 22:19

chess dietChess is a very complex sport requiring a player to be in great mental and physical shape in order to perform well in rough competition. Many factors influence player's performance, but food intake before and during the competition plays significant role in any chess event. Food intake before and during chess tournament significantly affects player's performance. In particular, nutrition impacts player's psychological state, alertness, memory recall and overall brain performance - the most crucial characteristics for chess. Therefore, chess players should develop individual diet to fit their needs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 22:33
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