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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.27.2020
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Having a deep positional understanding is one of every chess player’s goals and one of the features that make a difference between a master and an amateur. But the strategy is not only about weaknesses and pawn structures; it extends to the pieces on the board as well – a chess player must be able to asses which of his pieces are better and recognize different patterns present on the board. 
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tactics and strategy
Yury Markushin
03.23.2020
Yury Markushin
Are you 1200-1700 rated Club Player who wants to smoothly transition from opening to the middlegame and if necessary the endgame... ultimately winning your game? GM Marian Petrov is covering some of the most important [yet often missed at the club level] aspects of chess and making sure you get every advantage your deserve in your games whether you're in opening/middlegame/endgame phase!
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beginner to competitive
Yury Markushin
02.24.2020
Yury Markushin
This is a true beginner's course which will take you from just 'knowing the rules of the game' to a competitive player which can hold his ground against more experienced opponents. This course is also perfect for those who have been playing for a while, but haven't really studied chess and want to get a clear understanding of some of the basic strategy elements and tactical patterns.
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complex middlegames tcw academy
Yury Markushin
02.12.2020
Yury Markushin
Today we are going to study a very interesting and important topic, how to win in opposite side castling positions. And one of the best chess players to learn from is indeed... Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (MVL). Maxime is one of the most aggressive of the super-GMs. With the peak Elo of 2819, he definitely knows a thing or two about attacking in the middlegames.
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5 Most Useful Chess Skills You Can Learn in 5 Days
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In order to improve at chess every player must work hard and invest some daily time and effort. There are many things you can work on, from openings to endgame, tactics and the middlegame. However, there are  few basic skills one must develop and constantly train. The consistency of training is perhaps one of the single most important things a chess player can do in order to be successful. Similarly to exercising in a gym, working on your game is a process. The improvement will be gradual, but definite if you keep applying yourself. Here are the 5 most useful chess skills you can learn in just 5 days!

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Tactics and Calculation Training
GM Alex Colovic
10.14.2019
GM Alex Colovic
The tactics and calculation training is the most important type of training a chess player can undertake if he or she is serious of his or her chess improvement. The reason for this is that all chess games are decided by tactics. You cannot win if the opponent does not make a mistake – hence you have to take advantage of that mistake. While the mistake can be of various types, from the one-move blunders to a “small” positional detail 4 moves into a line, the mistake is always tactical in its essence. Something was missed and the opponent can take advantage of that miss.
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5 Must-Do Things to Prepare for Your Next Tournament
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.13.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
How to obtain your best form in order to perform well at your next tournament? We all know miracles and shortcut solutions do not really work in chess progress; as in any other activity, consistency is the key. However, for one reason or another, not everyone can keep up with regular training and very often, we are at a stage where our next tournament is approaching and the time we have to prepare for it is limited. What should we do then?
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