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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.19.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most difficult things to measure in chess is progress. No matter how much you train at home, how confident you are or how many blitz games you win online it is the tournaments that will put a note on your efforts. As explained in several previous articles, improvement relies on many different qualities, not only on well-sharpened skills but also on a strong mind, capable of overcoming any difficult situation that may arise. It is hard to imagine that one can achieve success at a tournament without having previously worked hard in a consistent way.
Training Tips
How to Learn Tactical Play – 5 Step Guideline for Club Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.11.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is well known 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 players who wish to obtain notable results. However, the vast majority of players does 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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5 Things Every Chess Player Should Do to Improve [Cheatsheet Enclosed]
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.17.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Becoming a stronger player is every chess player’s dream. Since the day we step into the chess world we commit ourselves to an eternal quest for self-improvement. We all want the same. Of course, it doesn’t take long to realize that chess is an extremely complex game; it is not only the amount of knowledge you must acquire but you must also apply that knowledge move by move, taking one decision at a time. Another thing about chess is that you must shape your competitive character, have strong nerves and basically develop a strong personality in order to keep up the battle against your opponent for several hours. Many players lack this aspect and therefore never reach their goal, even though their chess ability was pure class.
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3 Pillars of Chess Improvement – A Guide for Club Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.18.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Going serious at chess all by oneself is something truly admirable. It is unnecessary to say that chess is one of the most difficult things to master and every day it continues to become more difficult as the level of the players keeps rising. How to become better at chess? That is a difficult question with more than just one answer. In this article, we want to shed some light on the aspect of the training process from scratch and onwards.
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Opening Tips
7 Best Games on Vienna Game
Yury Markushin
01.30.2017
Yury Markushin
Vienna Game was developed at the end of 19th century. The main idea of this opening is to defend the e4 pawn and the d5 square, launching an attack with quick f2-f4. Vienna is a rare opening, and cannot be often seen in Grandmasters' games. Black has strong counter-chances with d7-d5 push. This is a good opening for those who prefers to stay away from popular lines. It is easy to go wrong in this opening with any color, thus you should be familiar with the theory before playing it in a serious game. Here are some of the best games on this opening.
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5 Habits That Help You Learn Openings
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.11.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is difficult nowadays to get a good game without having a fair amount of theory knowledge. There is no such thing as an easy game anymore, as almost everybody, as amateur as they are, knows openings. It is probably the most studied phase of the game and it’s important that you pass it successfully. In other words, you have to know as much as to get into at least a playable (if not slightly better) middlegame.

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King’s Indian Attack vs. the Dragon
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.15.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
We are always on the look to learn new opening ideas to surprise our opponents in the future. It doesn’t really matter whether it is an opening that we play or not; we see someone playing something and if it’s enough interesting for us we take a deeper look and use it in the next opportunity we have. That’s how it works at competitive level. In this article we are going to draw your attention to a short and easy to learn recipe against the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon that was played recently by the International Grandmaster Eduardas Rozentalis.
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