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Yury Markushin
07.14.2024
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Openings. Tactics. Positional Chess. These are all important things, so much so that many young talents and veteran grandmasters spend all of their time studying them. Hours are spent on puzzles, opening courses, and studying master games. And yet, the majority of losses at every level happen not because of preparation, but due to bad use of psychology. So how can you improve your psychology and get even better at chess?

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Benko Gambit for Black
Yury Markushin
06.14.2024
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Tired of positional play? Looking for an active opening, no one is really prepared for? IM Marcin Sieciechowicz's top pick... the Benko Gambit.
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Calculation for Tournament Players
Yury Markushin
06.14.2024
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IM Marcin Sieciechowicz reveals his 5-elements of calculation strategy that will help you find those hidden moves in your positions.
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Grand Prix Attack for White
Yury Markushin
05.21.2024
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Enter the Grand Prix Attack. A lot of 1.e4 players hate to see 1…c5 over the board. It’s a beast of an opening: complex, tricky, and you really need to stay sharp with both theory and practice.
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Ultimate Chess Game Analysis Tutorial [cheatsheet enclosed]
Probably one of the most important steps in improving your chess is the self-criticism. It is essential that you are fair with yourself and admit that every game you play might contain errors that have to be eliminated from your play, regardless of the result of the game. One way (and very efficient, too) to find those mistakes you still make is to analyze your own games and draw the necessary conclusions. When our students ask us what they should do in order to get better at chess, this is one of the first things we suggest them to do. Every strong player keeps track of their games, so why shouldn’t you start doing it as well?
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How to Learn Tactical Play – 5 Step Guideline for Club Players
Tactical Play for Club Players: It is a well-known fact that tactics play a major role in the chess game. The ability to spot tactical motifs and hidden combinations is a must-have for every chess player who wishes to obtain notable results. However, the vast majority of players do not shine because of their talent in spotting tactics; in fact, many are just average in this aspect. The reason for this may well be that it is an element of chess that hasn’t been trained properly or even not at all. There is the thought that tactical vision, or let’s say tactical style, is something innate; you either have it or you don’t.
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3 Problems Most Chess Players face just Starting Out
Yury Markushin
03.20.2015
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In this article we will focus on the most common problems that many chess players are facing when they start their chess journey. We won’t be focusing on the complete beginners who just learned how chess pieces move. But rather we will talk about what problems many improving players have. Let’s tackle them one-by-one.
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