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7 greatest defensive combination
Yury Markushin
06.21.2017
Yury Markushin
Defense is perhaps one of the most important chess skills you can have. World Championships and major tournaments are always won with a help of outstanding defense. Ability to play well in inferior positions and don't collapse under pressure is the trait shared by all World Champions and greatest chess players. If you want to strengthen your game, it is one of the skills you should definitely look to develop. Today we will study the 7 greatest defensive combinations by the world's best.
Training Tips
5 Ways to Start Thinking Like a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
11.16.2016
Yury Markushin
Regardless the level of play or strength, there is one thing that every dedicated player can achieve and that is the ability to “think like a GM”. Very often we struggle with problems such as poor calculation skills, lack of opening preparation, little endgame knowledge or even handling the time pressure that prevent us from reaching a higher level.
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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 by all costs in order to get better at chess.
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7 Things About Chess Most Players Just Don’t Get
Yury Markushin
10.19.2016
Yury Markushin
Chess is a complex game, and even though the rules are pretty straightforward there are also some un-written rules that should be followed (or not followed). Oftentimes, chess players get confused about those things, by blindly following the rules. Surprisingly, it may lead to a disaster. In today’s article we will talk about the seven things about chess most players just don’t get.
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Opening Tips
Anti Sicilians: Fighting the Alapin (2.c3)
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.13.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Alapin variation (2.c3) is among the most popular lines against the Sicilian defense. This dynamic opening variation is played at every level, from club players to strong Grandmasters. Sveshnikov, Tiviakov, Rozentalis are among the group we can consider experts on the Alapin, but it has also been played by World Champions like Anand, Kasparov or Karpov.
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Bartel’s Fresh Idea in The Najdorf Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.21.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Opening theory advances at super speed nowadays. One idea is played today, and tomorrow players from all around the world already have the eye on it and the engines running in order to find antidote and improvements. It's hard to be original these days; however, the Grandmaster Mateusz Bartel demonstrated that there are still ideas to be developed and they can be played at the highest level.
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7 Greatest Games on Semi-Slav [updated]
Yury Markushin
04.29.2016
Yury Markushin
The Semi-Slav is one of the most popular variations of Queen's Gambit Declined. It can be reached by various move orders. Black builds a pawn triangle, c6-d5-e6 and with …dxc4, …a6 and …b5 mobilizes his queen-side pawns. The light-squared bishop is placed on b7, once the diagonal is opened after ...dxc4.
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