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GM Alex Colovic
04.24.2019
GM Alex Colovic
After the closing ceremony of European Individual Championship that crowned him a champion, I had a chance to talk with the rising Russian star Vladislav Artemiev. A humble fellow, but one that knows his talents. He knows he is good, though he also knows he needs to work more if he is to become better. Currently sitting at number 13 in the world his main ambition is to qualify for the Candidates tournament via either the World Cup or the Grand Swiss.
Training Tips
15 Laws of Chess Training
Yury Markushin
01.12.2015
Yury Markushin
Today we will talk about 15 most important laws of chess training. We will discuss how you should approach chess training, how to prevent common problems and how not to become an average chess player. Here it is.
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3 Chess Training Habits That Hold You Back
Yury Markushin
01.23.2015
Yury Markushin
In this article, we will discuss some of the very common training habits that a lot of chess players have without even realizing it. It seems like they do everything correctly study GM games, solve tactics, etc. But somehow that is not effective and their chess does not improve. Today we will look at the “why” part.
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5 Things Every Chess Player Should Do to Improve [Cheatsheet Enclosed]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.17.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Becoming a stronger player is every chess player’s dream. Since the day we step into the chess world we commit ourselves to an eternal quest for self-improvement. We all want the same. Of course, it doesn’t take long to realize that chess is an extremely complex game; it is not only the amount of knowledge you must acquire but you must also apply that knowledge move by move, taking one decision at a time. Another thing about chess is that you must shape your competitive character, have strong nerves and basically develop a strong personality in order to keep up the battle against your opponent for several hours. Many players lack this aspect and therefore never reach their goal, even though their chess ability was pure class.
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Opening Tips
Attacking the center in the Grunfeld Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.31.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Grunfeld defense is one of the most popular defenses against 1.d4 nowadays and it has been quite a pain for white since the last decade. Without a real path to an advantage, the legion of 1.d4 players has been constantly switching from one line to another, playing the surprise factor card. Through the history of modern chess, the greatest players have contributed massively to the development of this resourceful variation.
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Sidelines in The Open Catalan:  The Aggressive 7.Na3!?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.17.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Catalan Opening is one of white's main weapons against the Queen's Gambit Declined nowadays. The popularity of this opening has increased greatly for the last 10 years thanks to the efforts of players like Kramnik and Gelfand, who used this variation frequently at the highest level with big success. When it comes to the Catalan, it's impossible not to mention the Grandmaster Boris Avrukh, a big specialist on the line, but also a well respected writer.
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The Benko Gambit: Zaitsev Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.29.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Benko gambit (also called the Volga gambit) is one of the most popular choices against 1.d4 in modern practice. It gives the second player the opportunity of setting up a strategic battle mixed with tactical elements that turns out to be successful very often. Although this opening never became a main weapon at the highest level, top players like Veselin Topalov, Alexei Shirov, Michael Adams and Evgeny Bareev employed it quite often, producing very exciting and double edged games.
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