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how to play against a chess master
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
If you are an active player you have probably already been paired against a much stronger opponent at least once in the tournaments you’ve played. It is clear that this will never be an easy encounter, but it is important that you know how to approach the game and how to set your mind for it. There are many players who feel discouraged when they see themselves in such a situation and they think that they will stand no chance against such a strong player.
Training Tips
The Ultimate Chess Training Guide [Worksheets Enclosed]
Yury Markushin
07.28.2017
Yury Markushin
Chess is a very complex game. Perfecting chess involves working on multiple areas of the game at the same time. Most club players focus just on a few elements from the training chart and thus experience a slow progress [or sometimes no progress at all]. One of the most common questions we receive is something like “what should I work on to get better at chess”? Of course, it is impossible to generalize for every single player, but the training chart gives a pretty good idea of what most chess players should focus on. Let's get started, and I promise after reading this in-depth analysis you will have a much better understanding of what needs to be done.
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5 Ways to Improve Your Positional Play
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess players are constantly on the look for new “recipes” in their quest of getting better at chess. Some players think that they should give a lot of importance to the opening, others to tactics and so on. Truth is, working on only one aspect of the game won’t help you get better overall; you have to study all of them equally. Suppose you only solve tactics; it will be very difficult to find a correct plan in a static position.
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10 Tips to Cure Chess Blunders
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.09.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Mistakes can happen at all levels, from beginners to strong Grandmasters. Even recently we have witnessed a few unexplainable moments from top Grandmasters in the prestigious Sinquefield Cup that’s taking place in Saint Louis. Knowing that mistakes can happen even at the highest level might come as a relief for the rest of us, but it is nevertheless something we’d like to avoid as much as possible. Blunders are usually unexplainable; it feels as if our brain suddenly stops cooperating. However, there are a few things you could try to do in order to minimize such moments. Here are a few tips.
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Opening Tips
The Closed Sicilian Pawn Formation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.17.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular choices for the black player nowadays. While many prefer to open the center with 2. Nf3 followed by 3. d4, the Closed variation of this opening is not to be overlooked. It is a great weapon if you don’t like learning a lot of theory and it can lead to very sharp play. In order to avoid getting into a worse position, black has to find the right way of creating counterplay.
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The Benko Gambit: Zaitsev Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.29.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Benko gambit (also called the Volga gambit) is one of the most popular choices against 1.d4 in modern practice. It gives the second player the opportunity of setting up a strategic battle mixed with tactical elements that turns out to be successful very often. Although this opening never became a main weapon at the highest level, top players like Veselin Topalov, Alexei Shirov, Michael Adams and Evgeny Bareev employed it quite often, producing very exciting and double edged games.
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What is New in Theory? (November 2016)
Chessbibliophile
11.10.2016
Chessbibliophile
ChessPublishing.com is a well-known site devoted to opening theory. This column deals with updates on recent developments from the site. Focus would be bothon topical variationsand rare lines that can be used in practice-Ed.
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