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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].
Training Tips
5 Most Effective Chess Training Techniques You Have to Try
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.14.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Have you ever felt like you have reached the top of your level? Times goes by and you see no improvement in your play? In this article we want to give you 5 training tips that could change this situation drastically. Each one of us has different strengths and weaknesses, as well as different amount of time available for chess. However, there are general and tested methods that guarantee improvement within months. Here is a list with what we consider the most effective exercises.
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3 Easy Steps to Start Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
02.01.2017
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are struggling to improve. They spend countless hours researching different “effective” ways to study, finding coaches, reading books, courses, etc. etc. Chess improvement is a straightforward process, especially for those rated under 2200 FIDE. Nevertheless, majority of players struggle to achieve any improvement and if it happens it is a very slow and unpredictable process. What’s going on here? Why is it the case? In this article, I will share a simple 3-step approach that you can use to improve your game.
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One Hour Chess Challenge
Yury Markushin
09.13.2015
Yury Markushin
Most players complain that studying chess is hard and extremely time consuming. They say something among these lines: “I would study chess, but my life is too short for that, I have other responsibilities…” These players think that to study chess you need to give up everything else, and focus solely on the game.  
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Opening Tips
7 Best Games on Grunfeld Defense
Yury Markushin
12.05.2016
Yury Markushin
Grunfeld defense is very popular choice for amateurs and professionals alike. It was tried and tested many times in elite tournaments and World Championship Matches including Kasparov - Karpov and Kasparov - Kramnik. Grunfeld Defense is a hyper-modern opening with many interesting ideas for both white and black pieces. It was played by many great players including Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov, and so on. Let's take a look at seven best games played with Grunfeld Defense.
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The Sharp Semi-Slav Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most popular options nowadays against 1.d4 is the so called Semi Slav Defense. It is a complex opening in which black is able to fight for the initiative without taking any major positional risks. The Semi Slav was one of Kasparov's most dangerous weapons when he was in his prime, but many other attacking players like Shirov, Dreev, Topalov have also played it with success.
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10 Best Chess Games on Queen’s Gambit
Yury Markushin
01.08.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen's Gambit is one of the most popular openings on all levels from amateurs to Grandmasters. That's why it is extremely important to know the key ideas of this very important openings. In today's article, you can go over some of the best game played on different variations of queen's gambit and learn some of the new ideas that you can directly apply into your own games.
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