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shirov greatest games
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.20.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
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Alexei Shirov is one of the most imaginative and aggressive players of our times. Born in Riga, his playing style has been often compared to that of fellow Latvian and former World Champion Mikhail Tal. He has played many spectacular games and going through them can be a great way of training your own tactical and imaginative skills. We have only selected a few for this article, but if you’d like to see more, make sure to check out Shirov’s books “Fire On Board” that contain his best games, annotated by the Grandmaster himself.
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3 Problems Most Chess Players face just Starting Out
Yury Markushin
03.20.2015
Yury Markushin
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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How I became an International Master, and You Can Too
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.25.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most frequent questions I get from chess students and friends is “How did you become an International Master?” Especially those who are starting often ask this question; as if there was a formula they could follow in order to do the same.
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10 Chess Coaching Ideas that Work
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.20.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In my 15 years’ experience as a chess coach, I have always been learning about the best methods to improve the level of my students in the shortest possible time. Of course, I have been learning on the road; my own experience serves me well to understand things that are important to teach to an improving player. As an active chess player who combines tournaments and lessons, my main method has always been sharing every bit of knowledge I gain from my own games. Of course, I also employ the works of the most well-known trainers in the world and they have taught me a lot and continue to do so.
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7 Greatest Games on Semi-Slav [updated]
Yury Markushin
04.29.2016
Yury Markushin
The Semi-Slav is one of the most popular variations of Queen's Gambit Declined. It can be reached by various move orders. Black builds a pawn triangle, c6-d5-e6 and with …dxc4, …a6 and …b5 mobilizes his queen-side pawns. The light-squared bishop is placed on b7, once the diagonal is opened after ...dxc4.
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The Keres Variation Against the Sicilian Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.06.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Paul Keres was a legendary Grandmaster from Estonia. He was one of the strongest players in the world when he was in his prime. Keres had several chances to become world champion, but for some strange reason he couldn't achieve the highest chess title. His name then became associated with the nickname of “The eternal second”.
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The London System On the Spotlight
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.05.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The London System (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.
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