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4 tips converting winning position
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.26.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
They say that the most difficult positions to win are the won ones. And I believe many of you can relate to this saying. No matter how big the advantage, there are opponents who just won’t give up and will put up stubborn resistance. Not only that, but our brain sometimes seems to be on their side as well – we make decisions that later cannot explain or understand ourselves. It’s as if the thought of having a won position sometimes paralyzes our brain and we cannot continue to just simply play chess.
Training Tips
7 Things to Do Before a Chess Game
Yury Markushin
10.28.2016
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are asking what they should do right before an important game to help their performance. There are many different things to take into consideration but I’m focusing only on the most important ones. I’m giving you an outline of 7 things you should do just few hours before the round to positively influence your game. Here we go!
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5 Rules for Mastering Chess Calculation
FM Yuriy Krykun
11.14.2017
FM Yuriy Krykun
In this article, I would like to share my thoughts on the topic that is, for sure, extremely important for every chess player. That is how to calculate variations. Unfortunately, this highly interesting and crucial topic had never been covered in a great detail. The only decent source I know is the book of a Soviet Grandmaster Alexander Kotov “How to became a grandmaster”. However, it is quite evident that since it was written half a century ago, some ideas are not relevant anymore, the main reasons are that 1. time controls have been decreased 2. computers have changed chess world drastically.
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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
How to Study Openings to Beat Grandmasters?
Yury Markushin
05.29.2017
Yury Markushin
Finding a good opening is not an easy task. Many club players get confused with all the information available and not sure what to select. The things become especially tricky when it comes to playing with black pieces.  Should you play the Sicilian, Spanish or Caro-Kann? How should you study the openings and where do you get the information? Do you need dozens of books and chess courses to understand the opening well enough to be competitive?
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Black’s Top Options Against 1. e4
GM Alex Colovic
06.15.2018
GM Alex Colovic
Here in Part III we will take a look at Black’s options against 1 e4. As we noted in Part I of our analysis, White generally manages to steer the game towards his preferred lines after most of Black’s defenses against 1 e4. Our task here is to see which of those are the most acceptable for Black from the aspect of practicality.
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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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