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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 Steps to Calculating Likes a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
10.12.2015
Yury Markushin
All chess players know that grandmasters can calculate many moves ahead, evaluate the position, and deliver the final blow. How do they do that? Is there a way an ordinary chess player can learn to calculate many moves ahead like masters do? In this article, we will answer those questions and show you a simple schematic that will tremendously help at calculating moves.
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3 Things That Most Players Think They Should Do to Improve at Chess (and What They Really Should Do)
Yury Markushin
04.01.2015
Yury Markushin
Many amateur chess players have certain stereotypes about chess training that are pretty difficult to break. They believe in it very strongly and not willing to change their vision. That is one of the key reasons why they have such a hard time improving their game. Today we will discuss these things in detail.
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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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Opening Tips
The King’s Gambit: A Look in The Present Day
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The famous King's Gambit is a romantic variation from an ancient time. This opening gave to the theory of chess incredibly beautiful games, full of tactics and material sacrifices. Concepts like material against time, fast development, attacking the king in the center at all cost started with openings like this. The King's Gambit was employed by some of the greatest players of all times, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky being among the most remarkable names.
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The Stonewall Pawn Structure
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.01.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Dutch Defense has gained a huge popularity over the past few years mostly because some of the best players in the world such as Nakamura, Caruana and even the world champion Magnus Carlsen started playing it from time to time.
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King’s Indian Attack vs. the Dragon
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
We are always on the look to learn new opening ideas to surprise our opponents in the future. It doesn’t really matter whether it is an opening that we play or not; we see someone playing something and if it’s enough interesting for us we take a deeper look and use it in the next opportunity we have. That’s how it works at competitive level. In this article we are going to draw your attention to a short and easy to learn recipe against the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon that was played recently by the International Grandmaster Eduardas Rozentalis.
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