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provoking weaknesses
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.21.2020
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Weakness is probably the most important part of the chess game. Most of the ideas that can surface in a position are usually based on some kind of weakness. Whether it is a pawn, a square or a whole bunch of squares, weaknesses are something we try our best to provoke in our opponent’s position and then exploit at the maximum.
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complex middlegames tcw academy
Yury Markushin
02.12.2020
Yury Markushin
Today we are going to study a very interesting and important topic, how to win in opposite side castling positions. And one of the best chess players to learn from is indeed... Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL). Maxime is one of the most aggressive of the super-GMs. With the peak Elo of 2819, he definitely knows a thing or two about attacking in the middlegames.
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Yury Markushin
01.14.2020
Yury Markushin
Sorry for making you wait so long... but we wanted making it just perfect for you! We start brainstorming ideas for TCW Academy in early 2019, and by the time we got everything together and start coding and filming, and coding and filming... it was already summer. Something that we expected to take us 3-5 months, actually took us over 9 months :)
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The 5 Whys Method: Analyzing Your Chess
Yury Markushin
11.18.2015
Yury Markushin
Many players want to find the cause of their chess problems but have no idea how to do that. Even when they analyze their games they do not dig deep enough in order to identify the very root of the problem. In today’s article, we will talk about one very famous method that can be applied for finding the problems in one’s game, the Method of Five Whys.  
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How to Work on Chess with Computers: 5 Simple Steps
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.29.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The importance of computers in modern chess is undeniable, but how important is it to you if you are in the 1900-2300 ELO range? I often get this kind of question from students who are quite addicted to the engine’s evaluation in almost every position. In this article, I will reveal my thoughts on working with computers and hopefully it will serve those seeking to make themselves better players.
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5 Things Every Chess Player Should Start Doing
Yury Markushin
09.15.2017
Yury Markushin
Over 99% of chess players play way under their maximum performance rating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply flip a switch and your chess performance goes up? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, otherwise, everyone would’ve been a Grandmaster already. Don’t get upset though, because there are some things that I cover that act exactly as that magic switch. You won’t become a grandmaster or even a master overnight, but if you implement even some of the advice given here you will notice you start making progress [especially if you are stuck and not improving].
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