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castling in chess
Daniel Noon
07.13.2020
Daniel Noon
The popular French writer/reformer Voltaire once said, “The danger which is least expected soonest comes to us.” When it comes to chess, this quote is especially relevant. In order to limit the danger potentially thrown at us by our opponent, how can we ensure the best safety for our king? [hint: castling]
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London System Academy
Yury Markushin
06.28.2020
Yury Markushin
London System is one of the most popular openings nowadays, on both Grandmaster and Club levels. In this 3-hour crash course, GM Marian Petrov will reveal everything you need to know about playing the London System for White.
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weaknesses in middlegame
Yury Markushin
06.16.2020
Yury Markushin
We get tons of questions, all of which come down to this "I know what to do in the opening, I know how to start the game, but then I begin to struggle... unless I have a clear attack I really don't know what to do in the middlegame". In this course, IM Kolosowski will address those concerns and questions. Mat will demonstrate how you can spot your opponent's weaknesses and use them for your benefit.
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bishop-vs-knight
Yury Markushin
05.31.2020
Yury Markushin
Chess is a very complex game. Not only you need to calculate very precisely, but also you need to understand the strategy of the game. And when it comes down to strategy, one of the most important issues is to understand the "active value of pieces". At the very beginning, everyone learns the so-called "static value of pieces".
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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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How Good is My Chess: 6 Things to Check
GM Alex Colovic
09.12.2019
GM Alex Colovic
There is no chess player who has not asked himself that question. And it is not about ratings or titles, because, let us be honest about this, we all think we are better than what those two parameters suggest. The question is a serious one because it does not only determine our current strength but it should also give some idea of our own potential, how good we can be. So how to answer that question?
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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Training
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.31.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Many club players feel that after a long time of studying chess they don’t see enough progress in their chess. This brings a feeling of depression and it sometimes leads to quitting the usual training plan or the idea of making progress in chess. However, thinking that you are not good enough or that you are not going to make it and deciding to settle for club play only is not the answer. You should review your training schedule, look for any mistakes you are making or just keep training harder; the results will most certainly show.
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