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10 classic chess principles
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.17.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
From a very early moment in our chess journey, we are being explained the importance of the chess principles and that we should always use them as a guideline during our games. While chess has developed a lot in recent years and the use of engines has encouraged play based sometimes solely on calculation, the classics remain very much alive and we still need to use their past wisdom in order to call ourselves complete players. Here are some of those basic principles that every player should know, grouped on the 3 phases of the game.
Training Tips
5 Most Important Skills That All Strong Chess Players Have
Yury Markushin
07.27.2015
Yury Markushin
It is a mystery for many chess players how the masters and grandmasters are able to outplay others with such an ease. Some chess players even think that those elite players have some special abilities that allow them to calculate all variations 25 moves ahead, memorize most of the known opening lines, and possess Houdini-like tactical skills. In today's article we will learn about the five chess skills that all strong chess players have.
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10 Must-do Things After Winning a Chess Game
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.25.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is a complex game. It requires a lot of knowledge, but also a good psychological preparation and finding the right approach to your games during a tournament. It is also important to know how to deal with losses and wins – something that usually comes with experience. Here are a few pieces of advice of things you should do after winning a game.
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How to Play Against a Chess Master – A Practical Advice
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
If you are an active player you have probably already been paired against a much stronger opponent at least once in the tournaments you’ve played. It is clear that this will never be an easy encounter, but it is important that you know how to approach the game and how to set your mind for it. There are many players who feel discouraged when they see themselves in such a situation and they think that they will stand no chance against such a strong player.
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Opening Tips
5 Best Aggressive Openings for Club Players as Black
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Following our previous article of aggressive openings suggestions for white, we will present now a few options to choose from when playing with the black pieces. Of course, it can be more difficult to reach the type of position you want and start an attack early in the game when playing with black, but not impossible. Below we have selected a few openings that can make white’s life more difficult and lead to complicated, sharp play!
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The Spanish Opening: Fighting the Berlin Wall
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.06.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Berlin variation of the Spanish Opening has become part of the main opening weapons for black in today's chess. The Berlin had a reputation of being a drawish/boring option for black. However, everything changed when the Grandmaster Vladimir Kramnik used it successfully against Garry Kasparov in the match for the World Chess Championship.
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10 Best Chess Games on English Opening
Yury Markushin
03.07.2016
Yury Markushin
English is a very popular opening choice that starts off with 1.c4. It is considered to be a hypermodern opening where white initiates fight for the center immediately taking control of d5 square. In today’s article we will explore how great players of the past and present have treated English and learn the new ideas that can be used in our own games, even if we don’t start with 1.c4.
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