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thinking in chess
Yury Markushin
10.22.2021
Yury Markushin
Thinking in Chess is something not very well covered in the chess literature. There are plenty of materials on the openings, tactics, and endgames. Yet, when it comes to something as fundamental as chess thinking there is a huge gap. In today’s article, I will cover the seven must-know tips when it comes to thinking in chess. This will put you one step closer to thinking like a Chess Master.
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slav defense exchange variation tcw academy
Yury Markushin
10.04.2021
Yury Markushin
Dutch GM Sipke Ernst will teach you how to win with the Exchange Slav. Many chess players tend to underestimate the Exchange version of Slav. They believe, quite incorrectly, that Exchange Slav is very drawish and has no winning ambitions whatsoever.
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bogo-indian defense
Yury Markushin
09.20.2021
Yury Markushin
Looking for a quick-and-easy surprise weapon against 1.d4? Tired of playing the mainlines and getting inferior positions in your theoretical battles? Want to score quick points with Black?
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sicilian defense dragon variation
Yury Markushin
09.03.2021
Yury Markushin
The Dragon Variation is considered one of the best attempts for countering White’s ambitious 1.e4 move. If you’re playing for a win with Black and won’t settle for a draw… the Dragon Variation is the opening for you.
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5 Things We Should All Learn from Mark Dvoretsky
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Known as one of the best coaches of our times, Mark Dvoretsky left us a valuable legacy to help chess players improve their training technique and take that much-awaited leap forward. His books are a great source of inspiration and help for every aspiring chess player. Mark Dvoretsky learned how to play chess before elementary school, but back then he was mostly interested in mathematics, so the game wasn’t given that much importance. He started to take chess seriously and began going to the district’s chess club and studying only when he was in the fifth grade.
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5 Tips to Improve Your Calculation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The ability to calculate is crucial in every chess player’s journey to improvement. There’s no such thing as a completely positional game where no calculation is needed; no matter how calm and quiet things have been going, there’s always a moment where you’ll need to see more than your opponent.
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5 Things for Playing Better Blitz Chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Quite often we have met club players who perform well in tournaments with classical time control and give a strong appearance of being underrated players. However, when time trouble comes they tend to collapse quite easily. The same is seen at rapid and blitz events; some players can’t even finish the game and they end up losing by flagging or making horrible blunders. We all have seen that and it is sad, indeed. Playing good blitz and rapid is important; every strong player is competitive in these modalities and it is a fun way to develop skills.
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