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5 easy steps to prepare for your next game
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.09.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Preparing for a game has become an important factor in today’s tournament practice. In times where the level of the average chess player has increased drastically, the pre-game preparation is considered a key step towards the desired outcome: the victory. Of course, times have changed and nowadays this task is more difficult every day.
Training Tips
10 Tips for Becoming a More Productive Chess Player
Yury Markushin
01.14.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players complain that they don’t have enough time to work on chess and play chess because of their other responsibilities such as school, work, family, relationship and so on. In fact, the time constraint is the number one factor that prevents most adult players from improving their game. Is it possible to work on chess more efficiently and to get the results you want by spending less time? If you want to know how this article is for you.
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5 Proven Ways to Improve at Chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.16.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Improving at chess has to be one of the most mysterious things in all sports. The training of the mind is not as easily measured as the physical training, for example. While running, lifting weights or swimming will transform you and you will see results in a short amount of time after doing it, it is not that simple with chess. There is one phrase by the great Viktor Korchnoi that can resume this: “Chess you don’t learn, chess you understand”!
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7 Things About Chess Most Players Just Don’t Get
Yury Markushin
10.19.2016
Yury Markushin
Chess is a complex game, and even though the rules are pretty straightforward there are also some un-written rules that should be followed (or not followed). Oftentimes, chess players get confused about those things, by blindly following the rules. Surprisingly, it may lead to a disaster. In today’s article we will talk about the seven things about chess most players just don’t get.
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Opening Tips
Attacking the center in the Grunfeld Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.31.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Grunfeld defense is one of the most popular defenses against 1.d4 nowadays and it has been quite a pain for white since the last decade. Without a real path to an advantage, the legion of 1.d4 players has been constantly switching from one line to another, playing the surprise factor card. Through the history of modern chess, the greatest players have contributed massively to the development of this resourceful variation.
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Closed Center in KID and Benoni
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.31.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The pawn structure in the diagram below is not an unfamiliar one to the average player. As we all know, it can arise from different openings, mostly from those starting with 1.c4 or 1.d4 and Black responds with the King’s Indian Benoni-type of defense.
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Playing It Safe Against The French Winawer
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.07.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The French Defense is one of black's most popular responses to 1.e4. From amateurs to masters, the popularity of this defense never stops to increase. The reason is that it gives black the opportunity to fight for the initiative from a very early stage of the game.
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