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5 tips to improve your defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.18.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Being on the defensive side during a game is probably the most difficult tasks a chess player has to complete successfully. Everybody likes chess for a reason – some like to attack, others prefer strategy instead, but I’m sure that most of you will agree that defending is not one of them.
Training Tips
5 Reasons You Struggle in Chess Tournaments [and how to fix it]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.09.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Playing in chess tournaments is a completely different thing from studying chess or playing friendly casual games at the club with your pals. While we can do pretty well during our lessons, training sessions with friends or coach, an official competition forces you to make your best effort and put to work your best competitive skills and character. Of course, usually there are hundreds of other colleagues doing exactly the same and as if this didn’t sound hard enough there is the time pressure.
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10 Tips to Cure Chess Blunders
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.09.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Mistakes can happen at all levels, from beginners to strong Grandmasters. Even recently we have witnessed a few unexplainable moments from top Grandmasters in the prestigious Sinquefield Cup that’s taking place in Saint Louis. Knowing that mistakes can happen even at the highest level might come as a relief for the rest of us, but it is nevertheless something we’d like to avoid as much as possible. Blunders are usually unexplainable; it feels as if our brain suddenly stops cooperating. However, there are a few things you could try to do in order to minimize such moments. Here are a few tips.
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10 Things to Look Out for When Hiring a Chess Coach
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.01.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Studying chess can prove a difficult task sometimes and, as much as you like to study by yourself, you might realize at some point that you need some guidance. It could be that you reach a moment when you can no longer see any improvement, regardless of the time you invest in studying or that you need help and advice creating a suitable repertoire or that you simply need a stronger and more experienced player to explain some important chess concepts. In any case, the help of a coach can be enormous. An outside person with a good chess understanding can help you identify the weaknesses in your play and tell you what you need to study, can provide you material or indicate model games.
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Opening Tips
Queen’s Gambit: The Ragozin Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Ragozin Defense has become very popular nowadays against the move 1.d4. Given its flexibility in the move order, black can employ it in different move orders, depending on white’s starting move.
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Openings for White: Keeping an Edge Against the Modern 1…g6
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.18.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Nowadays, when the flow of information is open for everyone and theory is so deeply developed in the most popular openings, the move 1...g6 as response to 1.e4 has become trendier. The main reason is “to avoid” theory and get the first player into a complicated position where he is forced to thinking by himself.
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10 Best Chess Games by Wesley So
Yury Markushin
03.10.2017
Yury Markushin
Wesley So is a Filipino chess prodigy currently represented US. He is number 2 rated chess player in the world behind only Magnus Carlsen. Wesley So set a record by being the youngest player to cross 2600, previously held by Carlsen. So has a very aggressive and tactical style, who likes to sacrifice his queen or any other pieces for starting a devastating attack. At the same time, his play is very solid and reliable. Today we will see some of Wesley So’s best games.
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