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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.
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5 Things for Becoming a Better Chess Player without a Coach
NM Viktor Neustroev
07.08.2017
NM Viktor Neustroev
It’s hard to imagine that it's possible to become a master without a coach. But before I share a few tips and ideas how to work on chess by yourself, I should definitely say that if you have an option to hire a coach, you should do this. Working together with a good coach will benefit you the most. A good coach can help you to improve certain aspects of your play which you can hardly spot by yourself. However, in this article, I want to tell you how to train most effectively on your own.
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5 Things Every Chess Player Should Do to Improve [Cheatsheet Enclosed]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.17.2017
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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7 Tips to Cure Chess Blunders
Yury Markushin
10.07.2015
Yury Markushin
You'd be surprised to know that the majority of amateur games end the way they do because of a blunder from one or another side. If your rating is below 2200, the chances are you are in the same boat. By simply reducing the number of blunders you can grow significantly as a chess player. In today's article, I will give you 7 easy to follow tips that will dramatically reduce your blunder rate.
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Opening Tips
7 Ways to Beat Under 1400 Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.23.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the key moments in your progress is when you start winning constantly against a low rated opposition. This means you are ready to move on to the next level. Very often we see club players who praise a positive result against a higher rated player although on the next round they had lost to someone even lower rated than them.
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Playing Ruy Lopez:  The Worrall Attack
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.14.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The popularity of 1...e5 has increased greatly in the recent years. For a long time, this response against white's move 1.e4 was considered a less ambitious option for black than, for example, The Sicilian Defense. However, times have changed, so has the way we perceive 1...e5 nowadays.
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King’s Indian Defense: Dealing with the Bayonet Attack (9.b4)
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.31.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The diagram shows the starting position of the so-called Bayonet Attack against the King's Indian Defense. For many years, this move 9.b4 has been considered the main line and possibly black's biggest problem in the whole Mar del Plata variation.
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