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why you are not improving at chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.16.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
How many of you have tried to get better at chess without fully achieving your ideal goal? This is not uncommon at the aficionado level. Even at more advanced level signs of being stuck in the same place appear often. What’s wrong then? It’s hard to give an answer to this question; after all, in chess, as in every other sport, each person is unique. However, here is a list of what we think are the most common reasons club players do not improve over the years, although they are trying to. The same reasons could be used for intermediate players who don’t take that leap onto the next higher level. The list is not done by the level of relevance, every aspect matters.
Training Tips
Visualization Chess Training
Yury Markushin
04.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply to calculate the moves.
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Formulating Winning Plan: 4 Steps to Follow
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
An important notion that one comes across when starts studying chess is planning. As in everyday life, you need to know what you are going to do on the chessboard. Not only this, but you should try to find the best idea in accordance to your position.
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Which Rook to Bring: The Brief Guide
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.03.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The road to improvement and becoming a strong player is usually long and requires a lot of time and patience. If you are a club player who doesn’t fully dedicate to chess or you are just starting the long journey of improving yourself, we suggest that you focus on improving your chess understanding. As we have said before, we believe that investing a lot of time in learning long and complicated theoretical lines is not particularly useful at this point.
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Opening Tips
The Queen’s Gambit: The Minority Attack in The Carlsbad Pawn Structure
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.16.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Before starting the actual presentation, we will first address a basic question to the understanding of this article: “What is the 'Carlsbad pawn structure'?” This notion refers to the pawn structure arising in the Exchange Variation of the Queen's Gambit, which made its debut in Carlsbad, in 1923. We can see this pawn formation in the following diagram:
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Counter-Attacking in Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Setup
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.25.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
  The Sicilian defense is probably the most dynamic response against 1.e4. The philosophy of this opening is not just to achieve a position with equal chances, but to fight for the initiative from the very start of the game. In this article, we are going to examine the positions arising from the sharp Najdorf/ Scheveningen variations, (they can also arise from the Taimanov/Kan variations as well).
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10 Best Chess Games on Queen’s Gambit
Yury Markushin
01.08.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen's Gambit is one of the most popular openings on all levels from amateurs to Grandmasters. That's why it is extremely important to know the key ideas of this very important openings. In today's article, you can go over some of the best game played on different variations of queen's gambit and learn some of the new ideas that you can directly apply into your own games.
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