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improving calculation for club-players.
GM Alex Colovic
06.22.2018
GM Alex Colovic
Chess is tactics. More than one strong player has said some variation of this truth. What does that mean? In simple words, it means that if you are not careful you will lose a pawn or a piece. How do you become careful then? It all starts with board awareness. At all times you should know what is happening on the board. Where the pieces are, how they interact with each other. This awareness should be “on” at all times – don’t “forget” a piece or a pawn just because you’re calculating a sequence of moves on the other side of the board.
Training Tips
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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10 Chess Coaching Ideas that Work
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.20.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In my 15 years’ experience as a chess coach, I have always been learning about the best methods to improve the level of my students in the shortest possible time. Of course, I have been learning on the road; my own experience serves me well to understand things that are important to teach to an improving player. As an active chess player who combines tournaments and lessons, my main method has always been sharing every bit of knowledge I gain from my own games. Of course, I also employ the works of the most well-known trainers in the world and they have taught me a lot and continue to do so.
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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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Opening Tips
Fighting the Benoni: The Remarkable Nh5 Idea
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Indo-Benoni is one of the few aggressive options black has against the move 1.d4. It is an audacious defense that seeks counterplay and dynamism from the very start of the game. Nowadays it has disappeared almost completely from the top level.
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The Sharp Semi-Slav Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most popular options nowadays against 1.d4 is the so called Semi Slav Defense. It is a complex opening in which black is able to fight for the initiative without taking any major positional risks. The Semi Slav was one of Kasparov's most dangerous weapons when he was in his prime, but many other attacking players like Shirov, Dreev, Topalov have also played it with success.
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Surprising Your Opponents in the King’s Indian
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In this new age of chess where you need to keep an open mind towards the openings and be smart to sidestep your opponent's preparations, it is useful to be aware of every sideline in the most popular openings.
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