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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.19.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most difficult things to measure in chess is progress. No matter how much you train at home, how confident you are or how many blitz games you win online it is the tournaments that will put a note on your efforts. As explained in several previous articles, improvement relies on many different qualities, not only on well-sharpened skills but also on a strong mind, capable of overcoming any difficult situation that may arise. It is hard to imagine that one can achieve success at a tournament without having previously worked hard in a consistent way.
Training Tips
10 Steps for Getting Good at Chess – Fast
Yury Markushin
10.10.2016
Yury Markushin
Do you know how to get better at chess? How do you become a strong chess player? Everyone wants to learn a secret recipe that will help getting good at chess fast! Should you work on tactics? How much time should you be spending on endgames? Do you have to play over-the-board chess? We will answer these and many more questions and will give you a simple 10-step plan outlining the most important steps you should take for getting good at chess.
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5 Ways to Start Thinking Like a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
11.16.2016
Yury Markushin
Regardless the level of play or strength, there is one thing that every dedicated player can achieve and that is the ability to “think like a grandmaster”. Very often we struggle with problems such as poor calculation skills, lack of opening preparation, little endgame knowledge or even handling the time pressure that prevent us from reaching a higher level.
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5 Ways of Improve Your Clock Management
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.08.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Time trouble is a common thing in chess practice. No matter how strong a player becomes, the difficulty of the game increases as time starts ticking low. For some players it is even a chronic defect; they always get in time trouble and then they become used to responding under time pressure. That being said, it is not the case for the majority of people. Usually poor time management comes from poor decisions on earlier phases of the game.
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Opening Tips
Fighting the Benoni: The Remarkable Nh5 Idea
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Indo-Benoni is one of the few aggressive options black has against the move 1.d4. It is an audacious defense that seeks counterplay and dynamism from the very start of the game. Nowadays it has disappeared almost completely from the top level.
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What is New in Theory? (December 2016)
Chessbibliophile
01.12.2017
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 both on topical variations and rare lines that can be used in practice-Ed.
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7 Reasons Not to Play 1.e4
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.07.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Since we get started in chess we are hit by the ever-lasting decision of choosing our first move. I can’t speak for every chess player, but most of my generation started like that. Those with a positional inclination chose to play 1.d4 or 1.c4 while those with a feel for tactics invariably chose the move 1.e4. Chess has now changed a lot and the eruption of powerful engines has changed all dogmas from the past in regards of how the opening is perceived.
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