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FM Viktor Neustroev
02.03.2023
FM Viktor Neustroev
Winning Strategies for Club Players: Dear Chess Friends, I’m sure you know that to become a strong chess player, you should obtain several vital chess skills, such as calculation, tactical vision, visualization, positional understanding, opening knowledge, and others.
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Positions with Imbalances
Yury Markushin
12.30.2022
Yury Markushin
Positions with Imbalances: Most club players think that ‘imbalances’ is an advanced concept that only Grandmasters understand. It can’t be further from the truth. Imbalance simply means that the material on the board isn’t equal.
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wing gambit
Yury Markushin
12.30.2022
Yury Markushin
Wing Gambit: Sicilian Defense is one of the most common responses against 1.e4. So, if you play 1.e4 you really have two options…  
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Win with Budapest Gambit
Yury Markushin
12.14.2022
Yury Markushin
Budapest Gambit: Are you looking for an opening against 1.d4 that… Leads to fast and furious attacks by Black. Check. Avoids your opponent’s home preparation and pet lines. Check. Prevents drawish and boring play. Check.
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3 Easy Steps to Start Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
02.01.2017
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are struggling to improve. They spend countless hours researching different “effective” ways to study, finding coaches, reading books, courses, etc. etc. Chess improvement is a straightforward process, especially for those rated under 2200 FIDE. Nevertheless, majority of players struggle to achieve any improvement and if it happens it is a very slow and unpredictable process. What’s going on here? Why is it the case? In this article, I will share a simple 3-step approach that you can use to improve your game.
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3 Chess Training Habits That Hold You Back
Yury Markushin
01.23.2015
Yury Markushin
In this article, we will discuss some of the very common training habits that a lot of chess players have without even realizing it. It seems like they do everything correctly study GM games, solve tactics, etc. But somehow that is not effective and their chess does not improve. Today we will look at the “why” part.
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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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