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7 must know middlegames
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.26.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Nowadays it is obviously very important to know theory and get out of this phase with some slight advantage or at least an equal, playable position. However, besides learning your lines well, it is useful to know how to play common structures and patterns that arise from different openings. Knowing the plans and the ideas in these middlegames will help you improve your overall understanding of chess and save time over the board when faced against them. In this article, we are going to discuss and briefly explain some of the most important structures that can arise in a game.
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10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.03.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
For many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity. The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.
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3 Biggest Psychological Blocks That Prevent You from Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
04.17.2015
Yury Markushin
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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3 Easy Steps to Start Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
02.01.2017
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are struggling to improve. They spend countless hours researching different “effective” ways to study, finding coaches, reading books, courses, etc. etc. Chess improvement is a straightforward process, especially for those rated under 2200 FIDE. Nevertheless, majority of players struggle to achieve any improvement and if it happens it is a very slow and unpredictable process. What’s going on here? Why is it the case? In this article, I will share a simple 3-step approach that you can use to improve your game.
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10 Best Chess Games on English Opening
Yury Markushin
03.07.2016
Yury Markushin
English is a very popular opening choice that starts off with 1.c4. It is considered to be a hypermodern opening where white initiates fight for the center immediately taking control of d5 square. In today’s article we will explore how great players of the past and present have treated English and learn the new ideas that can be used in our own games, even if we don’t start with 1.c4.
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Fighting Against the Caro Kann Defense  with 4.h4!?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.21.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Caro Kann Defense is well known for being a solid defense against white's 1.e4. For many years, it had a reputation of being a passive opening, suitable for a player who is happy playing for a draw. Nothing more distant from the truth!
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Queen’s Pawn Opening: Surprising Black
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.15.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Nowadays it is difficult to find new ideas in the opening. Most of the main lines have been thoroughly analyzed and some sidelines are too risky to even try. Nevertheless, there are still systems that have not been deeply examined yet, as is the case of the variation that we will present you in this article.
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