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must win situations in chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.22.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The question that gives the title to this article is one of those to which every chess player has his own opinion and answer. It is an extremely complicated matter. Sometimes we are in a tournament situation where the full point is the only acceptable result. The most common reasons are the chase for a norm, a title, or worthy prize money. It is never clear what advice to give when someone asks “how do I win tomorrow?” which should be translated into “how do I avoid getting drawn” or “how do I create more winning chances”. The practice has shown many examples by World Champions on what their approach to must-win games is. In this article, we will discuss them as well as the openings that can be considered to play in such games.
Training Tips
3 Biggest Psychological Blocks That Prevent You from Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
04.17.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players want to improve their game. Most, however, do not realize that psychology plays a huge role in this process. Today we will talk about 3 most deadly and common mental blocks that prevent 90% of chess players from improving at chess. These 3 simple things, if addressed, can make a huge difference in your game. The first one is…
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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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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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Opening Tips
The London System In Chess: On the Spotlight
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.05.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The London System in Chess (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.
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Black’s Top Options Against 1. e4
GM Alex Colovic
06.15.2018
GM Alex Colovic
Here in Part III we will take a look at Black’s options against 1 e4. As we noted in Part I of our analysis, White generally manages to steer the game towards his preferred lines after most of Black’s defenses against 1 e4. Our task here is to see which of those are the most acceptable for Black from the aspect of practicality.
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English Opening: Beating The Popular 4…Bc5 System
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The English Opening is one of white's most solid start choices. It usually leads to closed positions with very few exchanges on the board. The battle is tense from the very beginning and there aren't much forced lines for any side. In his prime, Garry Kasparov used the English Opening quite often, achieving remarkable wins and doing a great contribution to the theory of this opening.
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