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playing equal positional
GM Alex Colovic
05.23.2019
GM Alex Colovic
The engines really don’t care about us, humans, who have to play a position that they happily evaluate as equal. Feed it a symmetrical position with equal material and no apparent weaknesses and it will tell you it is “just equal,” sometimes even a “dead draw.”
Training Tips
How to Work on Chess with Computers: 5 Simple Steps
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.29.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The importance of computers in modern chess is undeniable, but how important is it to you if you are in the 1900-2300 ELO range? I often get this kind of question from students who are quite addicted to the engine’s evaluation in almost every position. In this article, I will reveal my thoughts on working with computers and hopefully it will serve those seeking to make themselves better players.
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5 Steps to Calculating Likes a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
10.12.2015
Yury Markushin
All chess players know that grandmasters can calculate many moves ahead, evaluate the position, and deliver the final blow. How do they do that? Is there a way an ordinary chess player can learn to calculate many moves ahead like masters do? In this article, we will answer those questions and show you a simple schematic that will tremendously help at calculating moves.
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8 Questions to Ask Analyzing Your Own Games
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.22.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is common knowledge that the key to making progress in chess is the consistent and deep analysis of your own games. Once you have learned the most typical nuances of positional play and tactics, it is worth finding out what you miss in your own practice. It is necessary to try to get to the source of your mistakes and learn more about your own strengths and weaknesses.
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Opening Tips
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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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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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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