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converting chess advantage
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Excelling at technical chess is a quality rarely found below top level chess. The ability to convert winning positions into a full point with certainty is something every player should work on until it is polished at a medium/high level. As you already can imagine, this is easier said than done and even Grandmasters struggle with this issue at times. In this article, we wanted to shed some light in an endgame that may seem easy at first sight but still takes a fair amount of work in order to bring home the full point. As you already can imagine, this is easier said than done and even Grandmasters struggle with this issue at times. In this article, we wanted to shed some light in an endgame that may seem easy at first sight but still takes a fair amount of work in order to bring home the full point.
Training Tips
7 Tips to Cure Chess Blunders
Yury Markushin
10.07.2015
Yury Markushin
You'd be surprised to know that the majority of amateur games end the way they do because of a blunder from one or another side. If your rating is below 2200, the chances are you are in the same boat. By simply reducing the number of blunders you can grow significantly as a chess player. In today's article, I will give you 7 easy to follow tips that will dramatically reduce your blunder rate.
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10 Ways to Improve Your Calculation Skills
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.27.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is mostly about tactics. That doesn’t necessarily mean complicated combinations, but simply minor operations that take place at every instance of the game. The positional ideas and concepts often have to be backed up with accurate calculation or in extreme cases they can only be enforced by precise and well-calculated variations. Therefore, the calculation is the muscle of every chess player.
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10 Steps for Getting Good at Chess – Fast
Yury Markushin
10.10.2016
Yury Markushin
How do you become a strong chess player? Everyone wants to learn a secret recipe that will help getting good at chess fast! Should you work on tactics? How much time should you be spending on endgames? Do you have to play over-the-board chess? We will answer these and many more questions and will give you a simple 10-step plan outlining the most important steps you should take for getting good at chess.
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Opening Tips
Crushing French Defense – The Korchnoi Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.11.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos

 The French is among the most popular defenses against 1.e4 and for a good reason. It is a very solid choice, but at the same time quite aggressive. Black's counterplay on either wing (this depends on the specific variation) offers him an opportunity to unbalance the game and take white into a very sharp and double edged battle right from the very first moves.

 
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Strategy in the Nimzo-Indian and Queen’s Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.02.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Continuing our series of articles on typical pawn structures, we would like to show our readers a very common structure that arises from queen's pawn openings. See the diagram below.
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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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