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10 reasons play alekhine defense
FM Zaur Tekeyev
04.09.2021
FM Zaur Tekeyev
The Alekhine Defense is the most famous example of a provocative opening. Black meets 1.e4 with 1…Nf6, attacking the central pawn on move 1 and inviting it to move farther. It is well-known pawns cannot go backward and hence leave weaknesses behind themselves. Still, it is quite a common scenario when White starts pursuing that knight with their pawns, grabbing as much space as possible but ends up losing the game badly because of overextending.
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richter veresov attack
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03.28.2021
Rony
When someone asks something like, “Hey, I just want to have some fun—and still win games. Which opening should I learn?”... The answer is usually to AVOID the great, old Sicilian or the totally unoriginal King’s Pawn, or any of the popular openings that you constantly hear about for that matter.
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evaluation-of-positions
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03.28.2021
Rony
Yes, choosing the right candidate move can make or break your position… true that. But what’s even more important? What’s the FIRST step that comes even before looking for candidate moves? That’s right—evaluation of the current position.
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vienna-game
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03.12.2021
Rony
Ask any chess beginner rated around 1400-1600… and they will tell you what’s on top of their mind. It’s almost always along these lines: “How to find the best moves in a position?”  “How to visualize the chess board better?” And more often than not…
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5 Things Every Chess Player Should Do to Improve [Cheatsheet Enclosed]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Becoming a stronger player is every chess player’s dream. Since the day we step into the chess world we commit ourselves to an eternal quest for self-improvement. We all want the same. Of course, it doesn’t take long to realize that chess is an extremely complex game; it is not only the amount of knowledge you must acquire but you must also apply that knowledge move by move, taking one decision at a time. Another thing about chess is that you must shape your competitive character, have strong nerves and basically develop a strong personality in order to keep up the battle against your opponent for several hours. Many players lack this aspect and therefore never reach their goal, even though their chess ability was pure class.
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10 Must-do Things After Winning a Chess Game
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is a complex game. It requires a lot of knowledge, but also a good psychological preparation and finding the right approach to your games during a tournament. It is also important to know how to deal with losses and wins – something that usually comes with experience. Here are a few pieces of advice of things you should do after winning a game.
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5 Training Methods for Busy Chess Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Improving at chess takes a lot of work and patience. It cannot happen overnight, but only after investing many hours of training and practicing the newly learned elements. With the development of technology, there are many more materials that can now be easily accessed for study. There are a lot of books, video lessons, articles and databases that are available to any chess enthusiast. However, creating and following a thorough training plan requires time and we know that there are many chess players out there who are not fully dedicated to playing chess but would nevertheless like to keep improving and squeeze studying in their busy schedule.
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