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learning from alekhine play
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.24.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
There is probably little we could say about Alexander Alekhine that is new to our readers. He is considered to be one of the greatest players ever and his games are an inspiration to every chess aficionado. He became the fourth World Champion in 1927, after defeating the Cuban legend Jose Raul Capablanca. He defended his title until 1935 when his reign was put on hold for a short time by Max Euwe. However, he regained the title in 1937 and kept it until his death, in 1946.
Training Tips
How I became an International Master, and You Can Too
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.25.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most frequent questions I get from chess students and friends is “How did you become an International Master?” Especially those who are starting often ask this question; as if there was a formula they could follow in order to do the same.
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5 Steps to Succeed at Chess
Yury Markushin
09.04.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are totally unclear about how to improve at chess. They think that there is some sort of secret formula that allows others to excel at chess picking up 100s of elo points in no time. I don’t want to disappoint you, there is no such secret formula out there… But, there are ways to improve. I can tell you more, there are effective ways to improve that will work for you. If you want to improve, you should read on and learn about these 5 simple steps that will allow you to succeed at the game you love.
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Interactive Chess Training
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.10.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Very often we are asked about training tips and methods to improve one’s own play by doing individual training. As we have written in the past, working alone is quite difficult for beginners. There is no guidance and therefore no feedback on whether you’re doing it right or wrong. In other words, it is easy to get lost and not see any sign of improvement. For this reason, we have always advocated the figure of a trainer.
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Opening Tips
The King’s Gambit: A Look in The Present Day
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The famous King's Gambit is a romantic variation from an ancient time. This opening gave to the theory of chess incredibly beautiful games, full of tactics and material sacrifices. Concepts like material against time, fast development, attacking the king in the center at all cost started with openings like this. The King's Gambit was employed by some of the greatest players of all times, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky being among the most remarkable names.
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Positional Play Against Sicilian Taimanov: The Yudasin Formula
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Taimanov variation of the Sicilian is one of the toughest Sicilians to play against. In the recent years, this line has become one of the main weapons for black against 1.e4. This rising popularity is given by the success obtained by top Grandmasters with it. Not only elite players like Vishy Anand, Topalov and Ivanchuk employ it from time to time, but also many strong players ranked above 2600-2700.
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7 Best Games on Grunfeld Defense
Yury Markushin
12.05.2016
Yury Markushin
Grunfeld defense is very popular choice for amateurs and professionals alike. It was tried and tested many times in elite tournaments and World Championship Matches including Kasparov - Karpov and Kasparov - Kramnik. Grunfeld Defense is a hyper-modern opening with many interesting ideas for both white and black pieces. It was played by many great players including Alekhine, Fischer, Karpov, and so on. Let's take a look at seven best games played with Grunfeld Defense.
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