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identifying fixing weaknesses
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.24.2020
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn, us chess players like to say a lot. It can make us feel better after a loss, but this should be more than just a saying to improve our post-game mood. We should, in fact, be always learning, whether we win, lose or draw. Many players think that they can learn something only from their losses, others only like to show their wins to their trainers. Truth is, all games are equally important. There is no perfect game and play can almost always be improved at some point.
Training Tips
5 Reasons You Struggle in Chess Tournaments [and how to fix it]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.09.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Playing in chess tournaments is a completely different thing from studying chess or playing friendly casual games at the club with your pals. While we can do pretty well during our lessons, training sessions with friends or coach, an official competition forces you to make your best effort and put to work your best competitive skills and character. Of course, usually there are hundreds of other colleagues doing exactly the same and as if this didn’t sound hard enough there is the time pressure.
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How to Deal With Chess Anxieties, Barriers and Obstacles
Yury Markushin
07.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players ask me the same questions over and over again. The most common questions involve the big 3: anxieties before and during the game, barriers that prevent them from improving at chess and obstacles that disallow focusing on chess, sticking to the plan and reaching the goals. In today's article you will learn how to deal with these 3 big problems that prevent many chess players from fully enjoying the game and reaching their potential.
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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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Opening Tips
10 Best Games on Dutch Defense
Yury Markushin
01.04.2017
Yury Markushin
Dutch defense is a great attacking opening choice where black prepares king's side attack from move one. In order to avoid complication in the center black usually locks it up early in the game. Dutch was never a super popular opening especially on the top level. Nevertheless, many strong players including Alexander Alekhine, Bent Larsen and Paul Morphy used this opening with a great success. Currently, Hikaru Nakamura is the only top-10 player that uses Dutch on regular basis. If you are a club player, looking for a new active opening choice, the Dutch may be exactly what you need.
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The English Opening: A Solid Weapon for Attacking Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.10.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Besides the common opening moves 1.e4 and 1.d4, white's most popular move is 1.c4, known as the English Opening. The English Opening is a perfect choice for aggressive players who prefer to play schemes and creative plans rather than memorizing heavy theory. Of course, there is a great deal of theory in the English Opening as well, but the character of the opening is a lot less forced.
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The  Caro-Kann: Exchange Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.20.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is not the first time in our series of articles that we mention the popularity that the Caro-Kann has been enjoying for the last few years. It is a defense with an old reputation of being passive and only suitable for those positional players who like to keep the game quiet.
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