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short guide being chess parent
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.14.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is a complex game that takes a lot of time and dedication. We all know that improvement does not come overnight and, to make things even better, it is not so easy to measure it either in chess. You need to play many tournaments and, even after a long period of training, things may go wrong due to other factors that are not chess-related.
Training Tips
The Ultimate Chess Training Guide [Worksheets Enclosed]
Yury Markushin
07.28.2017
Yury Markushin
Chess is a very complex game. Perfecting chess involves working on multiple areas of the game at the same time. Most club players focus just on a few elements from the training chart and thus experience a slow progress [or sometimes no progress at all]. One of the most common questions we receive is something like “what should I work on to get better at chess”? Of course, it is impossible to generalize for every single player, but the training chart gives a pretty good idea of what most chess players should focus on. Let's get started, and I promise after reading this in-depth analysis you will have a much better understanding of what needs to be done.
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5 Things for Playing Better Blitz Chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.24.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Quite often we have met club players who perform well in tournaments with classical time control and give a strong appearance of being underrated players. However, when time trouble comes they tend to collapse quite easily. The same is seen at rapid and blitz events; some players can’t even finish the game and they end up losing by flagging or making horrible blunders. We all have seen that and it is sad, indeed. Playing good blitz and rapid is important; every strong player is competitive in these modalities and it is a fun way to develop skills.
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10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.03.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
For many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity. The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.
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Opening Tips
The Benko Gambit: Zaitsev Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.29.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Benko gambit (also called the Volga gambit) is one of the most popular choices against 1.d4 in modern practice. It gives the second player the opportunity of setting up a strategic battle mixed with tactical elements that turns out to be successful very often. Although this opening never became a main weapon at the highest level, top players like Veselin Topalov, Alexei Shirov, Michael Adams and Evgeny Bareev employed it quite often, producing very exciting and double edged games.
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7 Little Know Opening Preparation Secrets
Yury Markushin
08.19.2017
Yury Markushin
Opening preparation is a very important step in any player's career. It is next to impossible to play high-level chess without a proper opening preparation. Almost all players realize that, but nevertheless they miss some very important yet extremely powerful ideas when it comes to the openings.  The good news is you won't need to spend more time on your openings or forget everything you play and start from scratch. Using the following opening preparation "secrets" you will be able to take whatever you already know and have in terms of opening preparation and take it further. Let's begin.
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Handling the French Defense – Bacrot Method
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.28.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In previous articles, we have written about the importance of being practical in your opening choice. Following the sharp lines in the mainstream theory is not for everyone, but fortunately, chess is rich enough and can be played in many different ways. In this article, we would like to draw your attention to the exchange variation of the French as played by the French Grandmaster Etienne Bacrot. Bacrot is an extremely strong player with a wonderful chess career. Although for most of his career, he has been a 1.d4 player, Bacrot switches to 1.e4 every now and then.
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