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5 things to do in winning positions
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In one of our last articles, we were giving you some practical advice on how to play in worse/ losing positions. Today we are going to talk about a perhaps even more difficult situation – positions where you are much better or even winning. We say more difficult because it is when most mistakes happen and the position can suddenly turn around and we find ourselves on the difficult side. Many players tend to relax when they feel like they are winning and a moment of loss of concentration can prove very dangerous. The influence of a bad move in a winning position is most of all psychological; many players are not able to get over the fact that they have gone from a completely winning position to one that is only slightly better or even equal and they quickly collapse as a result.
Training Tips
5 Things That Every Chess Player Should Work On
Yury Markushin
10.23.2015
Yury Markushin
This article is primary dedicated for under 2200 chess players that want to improve their game (sorry those of you higher rated). Many players struggle and don't know where to start and how to improve. Today we will give you some specific pointers and outline the most important topics to work on. Ready to proceed?
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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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15 Laws of Chess Training
Yury Markushin
01.12.2015
Yury Markushin
Today we will talk about 15 most important laws of chess training. We will discuss how you should approach chess training, how to prevent common problems and how not to become an average chess player. Here it is.
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Opening Tips
Avoiding the Sicilian Labyrinth with the Chekhover Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.06.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Sicilian is black's main response to the move 1.e4. Many 1.e4 players spend a considerable amount of time studying the main lines of the Najdorf Sicilian or the Dragon and, no matter how much time they dedicate to these variations, preparation never seems sufficient. There are simply too many choices, too many possible weapons for black and during a tournament you can easily become a victim of not knowing a theoretical line or even forgetting it.
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8 Chess Openings Played by Magnus Carlsen
Yury Markushin
11.14.2016
Yury Markushin
Every player wants to play like famous Magnus Carlsen. We saw him crashing his competition, winning tournament after tournament and match after match. He has many perks including photographic memory, super-human IQ and ability to stay focused for 6-7 hours straight.That’s not the only reason he is so successful. His opening preparation has to do a lot with many of his wins. Today we will take a look at 8 chess openings that help Calrsen stay on top of the rating list and keep the World Championship title.
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Solid Weapon for White: The Torre Attack Against the Indian Defenses
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.14.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
There are many solid ways to play 1.d4, nowadays the most popular being the London System (2.Bf4) partially thanks to the efforts of Gata Kamsky and his excellent results in this line. However, there is another sideline which is an excellent weapon to fight against the tactical King’s Indian/Grunfeld players, the so-called Torre Attack.
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