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positional sacrifice complete lesson
Yury Markushin
07.19.2019
Yury Markushin
Positional sacrifice is a very important topic for those who wish to take their positional understanding to the next level. The importance of positional chess cannot be underestimated. It is a fundamental understanding of the game, it's core principles and ideas. And it is one of the key reasons why Masters beat club players in almost every game. They simply read and interpret what's happening on the board better.
Training Tips
5 Tips to Improve Your Calculation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.02.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The ability to calculate is crucial in every chess player’s journey to improvement. There’s no such thing as a completely positional game where no calculation is needed; no matter how calm and quiet things have been going, there’s always a moment where you’ll need to see more than your opponent.
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8 Questions to Ask Analyzing Your Own Games
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.22.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is common knowledge that the key to making progress in chess is the consistent and deep analysis of your own games. Once you have learned the most typical nuances of positional play and tactics, it is worth finding out what you miss in your own practice. It is necessary to try to get to the source of your mistakes and learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses.
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How to Learn Tactical Play – 5 Step Guideline for Club Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.11.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is well known that tactics play a major role in the chess game. The ability to spot tactical motifs and hidden combinations is a must have for every chess players who wish to obtain notable results. However, the vast majority of players does not shine because of their talent in spotting tactics; in fact, many are just average in this aspect. The reason for this may well be that it is an element of chess that hasn’t been trained properly or even not at all. There is the thought that tactical vision, or let’s say tactical style, is something innate; you either have it or you don’t.
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Opening Tips
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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Fighting the Benoni: The Remarkable Nh5 Idea
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Indo-Benoni is one of the few aggressive options black has against the move 1.d4. It is an audacious defense that seeks counterplay and dynamism from the very start of the game. Nowadays it has disappeared almost completely from the top level.
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The London System In Chess: On the Spotlight
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.05.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The London System in Chess (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.
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