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5 bad habits every aspiring player should avoid
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.13.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess clubs are often the first place to visit once a kid or even grown-up falls in love with the game of chess. One does not look immediately for advanced guidance, coach or start reading books; we look for the nearest chess club and check out their schedule and we go to that magic place as soon as we can. The beginnings are all about learning, meeting new people and engaging in chess activities such as lectures, tournaments and the most common one: casual blitz, endless sessions of the casual blitz.
Training Tips
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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7 Things About Chess Most Players Just Don’t Get
Yury Markushin
10.19.2016
Yury Markushin
Chess is a complex game, and even though the rules are pretty straightforward there are also some un-written rules that should be followed (or not followed). Oftentimes, chess players get confused about those things, by blindly following the rules. Surprisingly, it may lead to a disaster. In today’s article we will talk about the seven things about chess most players just don’t get.
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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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Opening Tips
English Opening: Beating The Popular 4…Bc5 System
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The English Opening is one of white's most solid start choices. It usually leads to closed positions with very few exchanges on the board. The battle is tense from the very beginning and there aren't much forced lines for any side. In his prime, Garry Kasparov used the English Opening quite often, achieving remarkable wins and doing a great contribution to the theory of this opening.
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The King’s Indian: Fighting The Popular 6.h3 Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.08.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Despite all the rumors about dubious lines, allegedly refuted variations and "black is simply worse" statements by chess players all around, our beloved Kings Indian defense stays alive and kicking. It is, without any doubt, one of the best openings to play against either 1.c4, 1.Nf3 and of course 1.d4. Even those who don't always play it still have it in their opening arsenal ready to use it when a draw is not suitable.
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7 Best Chess Games Played with Evans Gambit
Yury Markushin
03.08.2017
Yury Markushin
The Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of Giuoco Piano. The opening is named after William Evans, who is the first player to use it. This opening quickly became a popular choice for many great masters including Anderssen, Morphy, and Chigorin. Eventually, Emanuel Lasker came up with the novelty that allowed getting an upper hand by returning the pawn. The opening was not popular for the majority of the 20th century, up until Garry Kasparov won some decisive games with it. Today we will see some of the best games played with the Evans Gambit.
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