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5 Things to Know The Queenside Pawn Majority
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.12.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
A very important feature of the position and one that we should pay special attention to during every game we play is the pawn structure and the changes that it might suffer throughout the game, as your plans should also change with it. The study of the most important pawn formations will not only help you find the best plans during your game with ease, but you will also be able to choose correctly the type of position you want to achieve in relation to the pieces you have on the board.
Training Tips
10 Tips to Dominate Chess Tournaments
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.14.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Quite often after a serious amount of time of regular training sessions, some people still struggle to show better results at tournament practice. How is it possible, one may think, after studying so much to still perform poor and sometimes even worse than before training periodically? It can sound strange but this scenario is not rare at all. Chess is a complex game and the victory lies in many factors; some can be trained and others you only learn how to deal with when you grow a more mature mindset.
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5 Most Important Chess Skills That All Strong Players Have
Yury Markushin
07.27.2015
Yury Markushin
It is a mystery for many chess players how the masters and grandmasters are able to outplay others with such an ease. Some chess players even think that those elite players have some special abilities that allow them to calculate all variations 25 moves ahead, memorize most of the known opening lines, and possess Houdini-like tactical skills. In today's article we will learn about the five chess skills that all strong chess players have.
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10 Ways to Improve Your Calculation Skills
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.27.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is mostly about tactics. That doesn’t necessarily mean complicated combinations, but simply minor operations that take place at every instance of the game. The positional ideas and concepts often have to be backed up with accurate calculation or in extreme cases they can only be enforced by precise and well-calculated variations. Therefore, the calculation is the muscle of every chess player.
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Opening Tips
A Guide to Choosing Your Opening Repertoire
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.21.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most troubling decisions is to design your opening repertoire. The idea of having a perfect set of weapons against each of the opponent’s possible choices gives us peace of mind. However, there is a huge gap between how we picture this in our head and how it actually works in practice. We see openings (our repertoire) as something fixed where ideally we would obtain a comfortable position each time and sometimes if we are lucky, we can get even an advantage. I would say that nowadays this rather sounds like wishful thinking and not very practical.
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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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The Keres Variation Against the Sicilian Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.06.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Paul Keres was a legendary Grandmaster from Estonia. He was one of the strongest players in the world when he was in his prime. Keres had several chances to become world champion, but for some strange reason he couldn't achieve the highest chess title. His name then became associated with the nickname of “The eternal second”.
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