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Psychology in chess: is it really there? E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Sunday, 10 January 2010 22:53

kasparov psychologyAlthough some players believe, psychology has nothing to do with chess, it is surely an important element of the game. Dr.Emanuel Lasker, who held the World Championship title for 27 years, wrote “It’s the players who fight over the board, not the wooden pieces.

During a chess game both players are trying to trick each other, obtain an advantage and ultimately to win the game. Sports physiologist and a chess master N. Krogious, believes that there are many “right” moves for one or another position during a chess game, but sometimes, even a weaker move plays a decisive role in the game and wins because of psychological factors. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 April 2014 22:31
Chess Strategy or What, When to Play? E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Saturday, 09 January 2010 19:05

chess strategy guideAccording to Wikipedia, chess strategy is concerned with the evaluation of chess positions and setting up goals and long-term plans for future play (Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia). Most chess players understand perfectly well that choosing the right strategy against a stronger or a similar level opponent may decide outcome of the game to their advantage.  However, many chess players usually underestimate the importance of developing the right strategy against a weaker opponent. Only a computer program plays the same way against all the opponents. Humans, on other hand, have the advantage of employing different strategies based on opponent’s strengths and weaknesses to achieve the best possible results. Knowing what strategy to follow against opponents of different strengths is a key factor for success at chess.

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 May 2011 22:14
24 Essential Chess Tips That Will Make You Understand The Game Better E-mail
Written by Yury Markushin   
Monday, 05 October 2009 21:57

Basic chess tips: Queen to Pawn

Here are some essential chess tips that will help you understand the game of chess better:

  • In the opening look for a pawn move first, then for a knight move, then for a bishop move, then for a rook move (or castle), and finally for a queen move.
  • Do not move same piece move then once in the opening if you do not have a very good reason for it (such as material gains).
  • Do not accept many pawn sacrifices during opening, especially playing black. Otherwise you can get a couple of extra pawns, but also get checkmated quickly because of your underdeveloped pieces. Remember, the main purpose of "opening" is to develop pieces quickly and efficiently.
  • Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 14:37
    7 Deadly Chess Mistakes Every Novice Player Makes E-mail
    Written by Yury Markushin   
    Wednesday, 07 October 2009 21:33

    chess mistakes

    Here is a list of 7 mistakes most commonly seen on amateur level. Many chess players just do not realize why they keep losing these games. The answer is simple. These players keep making the same mistakes over and over again, in every single game they play. How many games could have been won by avoiding these simple mistakes most people make? Take a look at the list and you will avoid these blunders!

    Last Updated on Monday, 27 October 2014 20:48
    Benefits of chess game E-mail
    Written by Yury Markushin   
    Thursday, 31 December 2009 00:01

    business chessChess is a great game that can be learned at any age.  Chess is a very rare type of sport, in which a ten year old can beat a veteran with decades of experience under the belt.  Many studies suggest that chess, not only a very fun game to play, but also a very beneficial one.  It has been observed many times, that chess improves many characteristics required to be successful at school and at work: memory, concentration, critical thinking, logic, pattern recognition, imagination, creativity, and so on.

    Chess is very complicated. Playing on the high level requires a good memory:  to memorize those complex opening lines and the endgames.  Good memory is also required at school, at work and pretty much anywhere else: you don’t want to forget these calculus formulas for upcoming exam or lose business contacts with your sponsor.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 31 December 2009 00:10
    27 Most Powerful Quotes That Describe Chess E-mail
    Written by Yury Markushin   
    Wednesday, 07 October 2009 21:45


    This is a list of 27 most important chess traits represented in form of quotes from the greatest chess players of all times: Kaparov, Fischer, Karpov, Lasker, Tarrasch and many others. To be good at something we need to understand what and how the greatest think about the subject. That applies to chess as well; by exploring minds of greatest chess players it is possible to better understand the nature of this game. Enough philosophy, enjoy the quotes!

    Last Updated on Sunday, 20 December 2009 12:48
    How complex is the game of chess? E-mail
    Written by Yury Markushin   
    Wednesday, 07 October 2009 21:39


    What is chess? According to the Oxford dictionary “a board game for two players, the object of which is to put the opponent’s king under a direct attack, leading to checkmate”.

    In other words chess is a board game in which the main idea is to destroy your opponents army and finally to checkmate the king.  If you are completely new to chess I recommend reading Basic Chess Rules: Easy Guide to Learn Chess article first.What makes chess so unique from the rest of the board games is the fact that there are almost infinite number of positions that can arise. 

    Last Updated on Sunday, 20 December 2009 12:53
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