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GM Alex Colovic
04.24.2019
GM Alex Colovic
After the closing ceremony of European Individual Championship that crowned him a champion, I had a chance to talk with the rising Russian star Vladislav Artemiev. A humble fellow, but one that knows his talents. He knows he is good, though he also knows he needs to work more if he is to become better. Currently sitting at number 13 in the world his main ambition is to qualify for the Candidates tournament via either the World Cup or the Grand Swiss.
Training Tips
How to Improve at Chess for Adult Players? [a secret revealed]
GM Alex Colovic
09.14.2018
GM Alex Colovic
How frustrating is to observe kids make leaps and bounds with seemingly no work while we adults work so hard and yet we barely make progress! While it is true that sooner or later everybody reaches a plateau, I think there are other, hidden factors at work when it comes to chess improvement as adults.
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Top 7 Deadly Training Mistakes to Avoid
Yury Markushin
09.10.2015
Yury Markushin
"How to improve at chess" is perhaps the most common and important question a chess player of any strength asks. In today's article, we will focus more closely on this very important topic. Together, we will try to understand what are the seven training mistakes that you should avoid at all costs in order to get better at chess.
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10 Steps for Getting Good at Chess – Fast
Yury Markushin
10.10.2016
Yury Markushin
Do you know how to get better at chess? 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
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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Fighting the Samisch
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.22.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Samisch variation, named after the German master Friedrich Samisch, is among the most popular replies against the King’s Indian. Usually, the second player has two important ideas in this opening. One is to attack the center and put pressure on the square d4 and on the pawn on e4 and the other one is to launch an attack against white’s short castle.
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The Caro-Kann Structure Explained
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.26.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The pawn structure in the diagram above is very familiar in chess practice. It can arise from openings like Slav and Semi Slav, Alekhine, Scandinavian, French and of course Caro Kann, the latter being the most common source of appearance. The special thing about such structure is that although white has more space, black is rock solid and his plans are very clear. Such a scenario always produces tense positional battles where both players need to understand the demands of the position and know well what the typical plans to follow are.
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