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Prasanna Kumar
06.14.2024
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The opening stage of the game is the easiest phase of the game. Pieces are all in their pre-defined positions and we know what each piece should do in our opening of choice. However, we often get out of ‘book’ and have to rely on our knowledge. This is the tricky part as we cannot invest much time into thinking and working out the details as we need time for the middlegame and endgame as well. This is where we rely on tried and tested opening principles to get us to a playable position.

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Benko Gambit for Black
Yury Markushin
06.14.2024
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Tired of positional play? Looking for an active opening, no one is really prepared for? IM Marcin Sieciechowicz's top pick... the Benko Gambit.
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Calculation for Tournament Players
Yury Markushin
06.14.2024
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IM Marcin Sieciechowicz reveals his 5-elements of calculation strategy that will help you find those hidden moves in your positions.
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Grand Prix Attack for White
Yury Markushin
05.21.2024
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Enter the Grand Prix Attack. A lot of 1.e4 players hate to see 1…c5 over the board. It’s a beast of an opening: complex, tricky, and you really need to stay sharp with both theory and practice.
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Which Rook to Bring: The Brief Guide
The road to improvement and becoming a strong player is usually long and requires a lot of time and patience. If you are a club player who doesn’t fully dedicate to chess or you are just starting the long journey of improving yourself, we suggest that you focus on improving your chess understanding. As we have said before, we believe that investing a lot of time in learning long and complicated theoretical lines is not particularly useful at this point.
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5 Things to Do for Breaking 2000 ELO
Yury Markushin
11.02.2016
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Making steady progress in chess is something every chess player aims for through his whole career no matter what level he is. It is always nice to be improving one’s own weaknesses and therefore become stronger. For advanced players this task is still difficult, but at least they have an idea of what they should be doing.
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3 Biggest Psychological Blocks That Prevent You from Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
04.17.2015
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Many chess players want to improve their game. Most, however, do not realize that psychology plays a huge role in this process. Today we will talk about 3 most deadly and common mental blocks that prevent 90% of chess players from improving at chess. These 3 simple things, if addressed, can make a huge difference in your game. The first one is…
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