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shirov greatest games
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.20.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
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Alexei Shirov is one of the most imaginative and aggressive players of our times. Born in Riga, his playing style has been often compared to that of fellow Latvian and former World Champion Mikhail Tal. He has played many spectacular games and going through them can be a great way of training your own tactical and imaginative skills. We have only selected a few for this article, but if you’d like to see more, make sure to check out Shirov’s books “Fire On Board” that contain his best games, annotated by the Grandmaster himself.
Training Tips
10 Must-do Things After Winning a Chess Game
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.25.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is a complex game. It requires a lot of knowledge, but also a good psychological preparation and finding the right approach to your games during a tournament. It is also important to know how to deal with losses and wins – something that usually comes with experience. Here are a few pieces of advice of things you should do after winning a game.
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5 Types of Chess Players Which Are Impossible to Improve
Yury Markushin
11.13.2015
Yury Markushin
Every chess player wants to improve their game. There are some players, for which improving is extremely difficult. And we’re not talking about those players who hit their rating ceiling, plateaued or physically (or should I say theoretically) are not capable of playing better chess. No, these players cannot improve for completely different reasons. Curious? Read on.
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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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Opening Tips
7 Reasons Not to Play 1.d4
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.10.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
From the very first moment we get into competitive chess we understand the importance of having a solid opening repertoire. However, once we set the goal of creating one, we realize it is not as easy as it seemed. Before getting to the complicated theoretical lines, you must decide on how to actually start the game. In order to do so, we recommend you evaluate well your playing style and the type of positions you prefer to play, see a lot of games and then choose the one that suits you best. In order to help you evaluate yourself better and make the right decision, in this article we are going to give you a few reasons why not to start with 1.d4.
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7 Greatest Games on Semi-Slav [updated]
Yury Markushin
04.29.2016
Yury Markushin
The Semi-Slav is one of the most popular variations of Queen's Gambit Declined. It can be reached by various move orders. Black builds a pawn triangle, c6-d5-e6 and with …dxc4, …a6 and …b5 mobilizes his queen-side pawns. The light-squared bishop is placed on b7, once the diagonal is opened after ...dxc4.
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The London System: Part II
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.12.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The London System has always been a sideline, far from the latest hype when it comes to opening trends. However, this is not the case anymore, for in the past 2-3 years, maybe more, thanks to the efforts put by Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and needless to say Gata Kamsky, the London has become just as dangerous and respectable as any other opening choice among the main lines of 1.d4 or 1.e4. Perhaps due to the so many analyzed lines, the world has found in the London the perfect opening to force your opponents to play by themselves, without the possibility of engine analysis or too relevant theoretical support.
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