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5 things every chess player should start doing
Yury Markushin
09.15.2017
Yury Markushin
Over 99% of chess players play way under their maximum performance rating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could simply flip a switch and your chess performance goes up? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that, otherwise, everyone would’ve been a Grandmaster already. Don’t get upset though, because there are some things that I cover that act exactly as that magic switch. You won’t become a grandmaster or even a master overnight, but if you implement even some of the advice given here you will notice you start making progress [especially if you are stuck and not improving].
Training Tips
5 Things Every Chess Player Should Do to Improve [Cheatsheet Enclosed]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.17.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Becoming a stronger player is every chess player’s dream. Since the day we step into the chess world we commit ourselves to an eternal quest for self-improvement. We all want the same. Of course, it doesn’t take long to realize that chess is an extremely complex game; it is not only the amount of knowledge you must acquire but you must also apply that knowledge move by move, taking one decision at a time. Another thing about chess is that you must shape your competitive character, have strong nerves and basically develop a strong personality in order to keep up the battle against your opponent for several hours. Many players lack this aspect and therefore never reach their goal, even though their chess ability was pure class.
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Visualization Chess Training
Yury Markushin
04.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply to calculate the moves.
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5 Chess Training Rules You Gotta Break
Yury Markushin
12.25.2015
Yury Markushin
Most chess players know the fundamental training rules. In order to improve at chess, they need to play more games, solve tactics, work with the books, and so on. Ironically, following the rules without good understanding may be something that prevents them from reaching new heights. Chess masters know very well that oftentimes breaking training rules will help a player much more than blindly following them.
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Opening Tips
Counterplay in the Najdorf Sicilian
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.04.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Najdorf Sicilian is perhaps the most popular defense among chess players. No matter if you play it or not, you know it and you have probably seen many great historical games in this variation. The great world champions played it quite often as did many other classic Grandmasters of that time.
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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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5 Best Aggressive Openings for Club Players as Black
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Following our previous article of aggressive openings suggestions for white, we will present now a few options to choose from when playing with the black pieces. Of course, it can be more difficult to reach the type of position you want and start an attack early in the game when playing with black, but not impossible. Below we have selected a few openings that can make white’s life more difficult and lead to complicated, sharp play!
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