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chess strategy beginners
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.01.2020
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The game can be divided into two big parts – chess tactics and chess strategy. There are games that can be classified as positional and games where the tactical, attacking ideas dominate. However, most of the times, the two go hand in hand, and a game that had a slow, quiet start, could finish with a beautiful sacrifice. In the same way, a game that started in a dynamic way could be finally won with the use of strategic ideas. Moreover, tactics can be used to gain a certain positional advantage.
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London System Academy
Yury Markushin
06.28.2020
Yury Markushin
London System is one of the most popular openings nowadays, on both Grandmaster and Club levels. In this 3-hour crash course, GM Marian Petrov will reveal everything you need to know about playing the London System for White.
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weaknesses in middlegame
Yury Markushin
06.16.2020
Yury Markushin
We get tons of questions, all of which come down to this "I know what to do in the opening, I know how to start the game, but then I begin to struggle... unless I have a clear attack I really don't know what to do in the middlegame". In this course, IM Kolosowski will address those concerns and questions. Mat will demonstrate how you can spot your opponent's weaknesses and use them for your benefit.
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bishop-vs-knight
Yury Markushin
05.31.2020
Yury Markushin
Chess is a very complex game. Not only you need to calculate very precisely, but also you need to understand the strategy of the game. And when it comes down to strategy, one of the most important issues is to understand the "active value of pieces". At the very beginning, everyone learns the so-called "static value of pieces".
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Unexpected Moves
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.29.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
“I can’t play this move because my opponent can capture it” – How many times have you heard a chess player say this? How many times have you said it yourself? There are many positions where we believe a move is not possible by default though. Our subconscious tells us that it is not possible to move to a specific square because our opponent is defending it with more than one piece or more than one pawn.
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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 grandmaster”. 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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Olympic Secrets For The Club Player
GM Alex Colovic
08.10.2018
GM Alex Colovic
I have been a member of my country’s Olympic team for more than a decade. In the last year, I was also involved “on the other side” as a coach of the women national team. These two roles gave me a unique perspective on the preparation a national team does before the most prestigious team event in the world. The chess-related preparation for an Olympiad consists of two parts: improving the opening repertoires of the players and improving their form just before the start of the event.
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