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Yury Markushin
05.25.2022
Yury Markushin
Semi-Tarrasch Defense: Need an ‘off-the-radar’ opening for Black that can be played against many 1.d4 variations leading to a sharp attacking play, not boring positional maneuvering? If you are looking for that ‘0-1’ win, GM Marian Petrov has prepared something very special for you.
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Win with Modern Benoni
Yury Markushin
05.25.2022
Yury Markushin
Modern Benoni was invented in 1927… and quickly forgotten. Then, after 20 years of ignorance, this opening was revived by Mikail Tal.
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must know king and pawn endgames
Yury Markushin
05.02.2022
Yury Markushin
King and Pawn Endgames: Club players and beginners underestimate their importance. They assume it’s unlikely they’ll ever reach the ending and will be better off learning the openings. Huge mistake.
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must know checkmating patterns
Yury Markushin
04.28.2022
Yury Markushin
Checkmating Patterns: Most club players study tactics the wrong way. They focus on quantity and repetition, ignoring the most important step… then get surprised about the lack of progress. Grandmasters know better.
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10 Tips for Becoming a More Productive Chess Player
Yury Markushin
01.14.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players complain that they don’t have enough time to work on chess and play chess because of their other responsibilities such as school, work, family, relationship and so on. In fact, the time constraint is the number one factor that prevents most adult players from improving their game. Is it possible to work on chess more efficiently and to get the results you want by spending less time? If you want to know how this article is for you.
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How to Calculate in Chess: Complete Guide
FM Zaur Tekeyev
10.08.2021
FM Zaur Tekeyev
How to calculate in chess? First, let me ask you... How many chess positions can possibly arise on the board? Well, let’s count. White can choose between 20 first moves. Black can reply in 20 different ways too. This already creates 400 possible positions. White’s next turn can increase this number approximately up to 8 000. Black can make, for example, 100 000 from it. Next, it is millions already. Let’s stop here.
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Visualization Chess Training
Yury Markushin
04.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Chess position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply to calculate the moves.
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