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5 things to do in winning positions
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In one of our last articles, we were giving you some practical advice on how to play in worse/ losing positions. Today we are going to talk about a perhaps even more difficult situation – positions where you are much better or even winning. We say more difficult because it is when most mistakes happen and the position can suddenly turn around and we find ourselves on the difficult side. Many players tend to relax when they feel like they are winning and a moment of loss of concentration can prove very dangerous. The influence of a bad move in a winning position is most of all psychological; many players are not able to get over the fact that they have gone from a completely winning position to one that is only slightly better or even equal and they quickly collapse as a result.
Training Tips
5 Things Every Chess Player Should Start Doing
Yury Markushin
09.15.2017
Yury Markushin
Over 99% of chess players play way under their maximum performance rating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply flip a switch and your chess performance goes up? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, otherwise, everyone would’ve been a Grandmaster already. Don’t get upset though, because there are some things that I cover that act exactly as that magic switch. You won’t become a grandmaster or even a master overnight, but if you implement even some of the advice given here you will notice you start making progress [especially if you are stuck and not improving].
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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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Opening Tips
5 Best Chess Games on Bird’s Opening
Yury Markushin
02.17.2017
Yury Markushin
Bird opening is a standard flank opening which is characterized by the move 1.f4! White’s main idea involves controlling the strategic e5 square. This offers great attacking possibilities, but slightly weakens the king’s side. This opening move rank 6th by popularity. Bird opening is not something you will see very often on GM tournament, but nevertheless, it’s a good choice for many club players. Today we will see some of the most classical games on Bird’s Opening.
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The Rauzer Pawn Structure: From Botvinnik to Magnus Carlsen
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.30.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
There is nothing we could say now that hasn't been said before about the Sicilian Defense. It is one of the greatest options for black against 1.e4. It has been played by every world champion and was the favorite of the greatest geniuses like Fischer, Tal, Kasparov and many others. Studying the games in the Sicilian Defense is much more than learning the latest opening theory; it is about learning chess in general.
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5 Most Unusual Openings at Chess (played by Grandmasters)
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.05.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Modern chess has become a sport of not only skills but also knowledge and memory. It has always been like this, but since the irruption of computers in our game, memorization has become more important than it used to be.
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