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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.06.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Who doesn’t like a good, successful attack? It is probably every chess player’s dream – to crush their opponent with a well-conducted attack and crown it with a beautiful sacrifice. There are many players who like to attack and it is something we see often especially at the club level. Attacks are started in most of the games, whether they work or not. We often see “aggressive” pawn moves that aim to build an attack, but which, for the experienced eye, are moves that create unnecessary weaknesses in the position.
Training Tips
Tactics and Calculation Training
GM Alex Colovic
10.14.2019
GM Alex Colovic
The tactics and calculation training is the most important type of training a chess player can undertake if he or she is serious of his or her chess improvement. The reason for this is that all chess games are decided by tactics. You cannot win if the opponent does not make a mistake – hence you have to take advantage of that mistake. While the mistake can be of various types, from the one-move blunders to a “small” positional detail 4 moves into a line, the mistake is always tactical in its essence. Something was missed and the opponent can take advantage of that miss.
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3 Chess Training Habits That Hold You Back
Yury Markushin
01.23.2015
Yury Markushin
In this article, we will discuss some of the very common training habits that a lot of chess players have without even realizing it. It seems like they do everything correctly study GM games, solve tactics, etc. But somehow that is not effective and their chess does not improve. Today we will look at the “why” part.
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5 Things That Every Chess Player Should Work On
Yury Markushin
10.23.2015
Yury Markushin
This article is primary dedicated for under 2200 chess players that want to improve their game (sorry those of you higher rated). Many players struggle and don't know where to start and how to improve. Today we will give you some specific pointers and outline the most important topics to work on. Ready to proceed?
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Opening Tips
The Closed Sicilian Pawn Formation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.17.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Sicilian Defense is one of the most popular choices for the black player nowadays. While many prefer to open the center with 2. Nf3 followed by 3. d4, the Closed variation of this opening is not to be overlooked. It is a great weapon if you don’t like learning a lot of theory and it can lead to very sharp play. In order to avoid getting into a worse position, black has to find the right way of creating counterplay.
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Philidor Defense: Everything You Need To Know
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.02.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Philidor Defense is an excellent practical weapon to play for a win with the black pieces. The opening name is given thanks to the famous 18th century player François Andre Danican Philidor, who advocated 2...d6 as an alternative to the common 2...Nc6. Philidor's original idea was to play f7-f5 on the next move, challenging white's center.
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King’s Indian Defense Dealing with the Four Pawns Attack
Yury Markushin
06.20.2016
Yury Markushin
The four pawns attack is one of the most aggressive lines against the King’s Indian Defense. From a very early stage in the opening white grabs a considerable amount of space, hoping to put black in a crammed position. The drawback of this system is that sometimes white finds himself overextended and his mass of pawns in the center becomes a weakness rather than strength.
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