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7 greatest defensive combination
Yury Markushin
06.21.2017
Yury Markushin
Defense is perhaps one of the most important chess skills you can have. World Championships and major tournaments are always won with a help of outstanding defense. Ability to play well in inferior positions and don't collapse under pressure is the trait shared by all World Champions and greatest chess players. If you want to strengthen your game, it is one of the skills you should definitely look to develop. Today we will study the 7 greatest defensive combinations by the world's best.
Training Tips
10 Chess Patterns Every Player Should Know
Yury Markushin
10.31.2016
Yury Markushin
We always hear strong players talking about the importance of recognizing chess patterns. What do they mean by that? What are these magical chess patterns we need to know and recognize? If you’re confused don’t worry, after reading this article you won’t be. You will understand exactly what chess patterns are and will learn 10 very important chess patters that every chess player should know.
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The 5 Whys Method: Analyzing Your Chess
Yury Markushin
11.18.2015
Yury Markushin
Many players want to find the cause of their chess problems, but have no idea how to do that. Even when they analyze their games they do not dig deep enough in order to identify the very root of the problem. In today’s article we will talk about one very famous method that can be applied for finding the problems in one’s game, the Method of Five Whys.  
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5 Steps to Succeed at Chess
Yury Markushin
09.04.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are totally unclear about how to improve at chess. They think that there is some sort of secret formula that allows others to excel at chess picking up 100s of elo points in no time. I don’t want to disappoint you, there is no such secret formula out there… But, there are ways to improve. I can tell you more, there are effective ways to improve that will work for you. If you want to improve, you should read on and learn about these 5 simple steps that will allow you to succeed at the game you love.
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Opening Tips
Counter-Attacking in Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Setup
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.25.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
  The Sicilian defense is probably the most dynamic response against 1.e4. The philosophy of this opening is not just to achieve a position with equal chances, but to fight for the initiative from the very start of the game. In this article, we are going to examine the positions arising from the sharp Najdorf/ Scheveningen variations, (they can also arise from the Taimanov/Kan variations as well).
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7 Things to Consider When Picking an Opening
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.17.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Knowing your openings well is one of the main goals for every chess player. It is an issue that will probably go along with you during your whole career. No matter if you are an amateur or a professional player, openings will always be a matter of concern. The theory grows with every game played around the globe and it is almost impossible to have an eternal opening. Besides, it would be boring. In this article we’d like to share our own views on how to select your weapons before the battle and give you some tips on how to study them.
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The Czech Benoni: Explained
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.20.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The so-called Czech Benoni Defense is one of the weapons black can use to fight 1.d4. This defense is suitable for those looking to get their opponents into a closed, strategical position with chances for all three results. In this Czech Benoni the second player is not looking for a “sound position” close to equality, but aiming to fight for the initiative and avoid the well-known paths of modern theory in all other defenses.
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