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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.23.2021
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Mikhail Tal, the eighth World Chess Champion, is well known for his aggressive and imaginative style of play. His ability to take the game into his territory, his unpredictable style, and the impressive tactical ideas he found in his games brought him the nickname “The magician of Riga”. Most of his games are full of tactics and crazy attacks, but what made him so famous and even feared among fellow chess players are his intuitive sacrifices.
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1.e4 Fianchetto System
Yury Markushin
12.26.2020
Yury Markushin
One of the most difficult challenges for those who play 1.e4 is what to do after 1…e5. White’s mainstream options require deep understanding and good memory, nevertheless, Black gets solid positions in all of them. Learning tons of modern theory becomes not only difficult but also not very effective. Then why should we go for that at all?
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Exchange like a Grandmaster with GM Sipke Ernst
Yury Markushin
11.01.2020
Yury Markushin
The Art of Exchanges is one of those under-the-radar 'super skills' that all the strong players possess, and the rest doesn't quite get. It is perhaps the most important, very underestimated SKILL in chess. Few players, other than IMs and GMs realize how powerful that skill really is. Needless to say, over 95% of club players do not put much thought when it comes to exchanging their pieces or pawns. If the exchange looks "fair" or "equal" why not swap a pair of bishops, trade the knight, or few pawns?
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Outposts-with-IM-Milovan-Ratkovic-TCW Academy
Yury Markushin
10.20.2020
Yury Markushin
If you are looking to take your positional understanding to the next level, the TCW Academy course on the Outposts is a definite must-take! IM Milovan Ratkovic starts out with the basics and quickly deep dives into the mechanics of the outpost play.
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10 Tips for Becoming a More Productive Chess Player
Yury Markushin
01.14.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players complain that they don’t have enough time to work on chess and play chess because of their other responsibilities such as school, work, family, relationship and so on. In fact, the time constraint is the number one factor that prevents most adult players from improving their game. Is it possible to work on chess more efficiently and to get the results you want by spending less time? If you want to know how this article is for you.
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5 Training Methods for Busy Chess Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.05.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Improving at chess takes a lot of work and patience. It cannot happen overnight, but only after investing many hours of training and practicing the newly learned elements. With the development of technology, there are many more materials that can now be easily accessed for study. There are a lot of books, video lessons, articles and databases that are available to any chess enthusiast. However, creating and following a thorough training plan requires time and we know that there are many chess players out there who are not fully dedicated to playing chess but would nevertheless like to keep improving and squeeze studying in their busy schedule.
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5 Steps to Calculating Likes a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
10.12.2015
Yury Markushin
All chess players know that grandmasters can calculate many moves ahead, evaluate the position, and deliver the final blow. How do they do that? Is there a way an ordinary chess player can learn to calculate many moves ahead like masters do? In this article, we will answer those questions and show you a simple schematic that will tremendously help at calculating moves.
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