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8 questions to ask when analyzing
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.22.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is common knowledge that the key to making progress in chess is the consistent and deep analysis of your own games. Once you have learned the most typical nuances of positional play and tactics, it is worth finding out what you miss in your own practice. It is necessary to try to get to the source of your mistakes and learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses.
Training Tips
Train chess — 10 little known chess training methods that work
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.28.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most important aspects of the life of every chess player with a bit of ambition is training. Constant self-improvement has always been the engine that keeps a player going. Training, like in any other sport, requires patience, discipline, and a strong will to work hard. If you have a coach or colleague to train with, the process can become more easy-going and fun. However, this should not be an excuse not to study; there have been more Grandmasters who trained themselves than who used the help. In this article, you’ll find 10 training methods that you can use in your training routine.
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Improving Calculation for Club Players
GM Alex Colovic
06.22.2018
GM Alex Colovic
Chess is tactics. More than one strong player has said some variation of this truth. What does that mean? In simple words, it means that if you are not careful you will lose a pawn or a piece. How do you become careful then? It all starts with board awareness. At all times you should know what is happening on the board. Where the pieces are, how they interact with each other. This awareness should be “on” at all times – don’t “forget” a piece or a pawn just because you’re calculating a sequence of moves on the other side of the board.
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How to Unlock Your Grandmaster Mind
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.23.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Understanding the game of chess is not something exclusive to the world top players. Chess can be understood by all chess fans and enthusiasts who are willing to learn new things about the game every day. In this article, we would like to explain to you how you can improve your level and get closer to the mind of a Grandmaster.
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Opening Tips
Chess openings: 5 Best White Chess Openings
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.10.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In modern chess having a sound opening repertoire is an essential part of achieving success in tournaments. Professional players spend a lot of time working on the openings in depth, sometimes until the possible endgames that can arise. However, for the club players, spending so much time inserting the moves that are told by an engine and memorizing countless amount of lines is not only a waste of times, but it can also have a bad effect on their understanding of the game.
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Surprising Your Opponents in the King’s Indian
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In this new age of chess where you need to keep an open mind towards the openings and be smart to sidestep your opponent's preparations, it is useful to be aware of every sideline in the most popular openings.
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6 Best Games on Queen’s Indian Defense
Yury Markushin
12.28.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen’s Indian Defense is a very solid opening which utilizes the queen’s side bishop to control the center and the long diagonal.  Black focuses on controlling the center with pieces rather than pawns like in all Indian systems.  Queen’s Indian borrows some of its ideas from Nimzo-Indian setups. Both openings use the same idea of allowing white to build a strong center, before attempting to undermine it.  This is a popular hyper-modern approach, which may turn out very effective on the amateur level. Today we will look at some of the best games on Queen’s Indian.
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