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10 reasons to play 1d4 attacking
FM Zaur Tekeyev
09.24.2021
FM Zaur Tekeyev
Most of the chess players enjoy having the initiative, being the attacking side. It is good but hard to achieve in every game: in some positions, the best you can do is to trade pieces and go into an endgame or play against some positional weaknesses. Those who really enjoy attacking chess would love to avoid such scenarios. They should know that the attack is like a tree – first, you need to plant and nurture it. The opening stage makes a big impact on the chances of growing an attack. If you place your pieces more aggressively or manage to weaken your opponent’s king, it creates the potential for future actions.
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bogo-indian defense
Yury Markushin
09.20.2021
Yury Markushin
Looking for a quick-and-easy surprise weapon against 1.d4? Tired of playing the mainlines and getting inferior positions in your theoretical battles? Want to score quick points with Black?
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sicilian defense dragon variation
Yury Markushin
09.03.2021
Yury Markushin
The Dragon Variation is considered one of the best attempts for countering White’s ambitious 1.e4 move. If you’re playing for a win with Black and won’t settle for a draw… the Dragon Variation is the opening for you.
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09.02.2021
Rony
If you think simple rook or king + pawn endings are all there is to learn when it comes to chess endgames… You are WRONG! Endgames are the most technical phase of the game. Where the first move might give you an advantage, the second one might be neutral, and the third one might make you lose the game.
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5 Chess Training Rules You Gotta Break
Yury Markushin
12.25.2015
Yury Markushin
Most chess players know the fundamental training rules. In order to improve at chess, they need to play more games, solve tactics, work with the books, and so on. Ironically, following the rules without good understanding may be something that prevents them from reaching new heights. Chess masters know very well that oftentimes breaking training rules will help a player much more than blindly following them.
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The #1 Chess Skill That Cannot Be Trained
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Most of chess training routines are oriented to develop and a player’s skills at typical scenarios that can appear on the chess board during tournaments. That includes tactical training which develops intuition and combinative vision, calculation, positional play, endgame play etc., the list is large. In addition to this common training system, we add a player’s homework towards learning the opening phase.
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5 Ways of Improve Your Clock Management
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Time trouble is a common thing in chess practice. No matter how strong a player becomes, the difficulty of the game increases as time starts ticking low. For some players it is even a chronic defect; they always get in time trouble and then they become used to responding under time pressure. That being said, it is not the case for the majority of people. Usually poor time management comes from poor decisions on earlier phases of the game.
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