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WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.06.2019
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Who doesn’t like a good, successful attack? It is probably every chess player’s dream – to crush their opponent with a well-conducted attack and crown it with a beautiful sacrifice. There are many players who like to attack and it is something we see often especially at the club level. Attacks are started in most of the games, whether they work or not. We often see “aggressive” pawn moves that aim to build an attack, but which, for the experienced eye, are moves that create unnecessary weaknesses in the position.
Training Tips
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Training
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.31.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Many club players feel that after a long time of studying chess they don’t see enough progress in their chess. This brings a feeling of depression and it sometimes leads to quitting the usual training plan or the idea of making progress in chess. However, thinking that you are not good enough or that you are not going to make it and deciding to settle for club play only is not the answer. You should review your training schedule, look for any mistakes you are making or just keep training harder; the results will most certainly show.
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The Ultimate Chess Training Guide [Worksheets Enclosed]
Yury Markushin
07.28.2017
Yury Markushin
Chess is a very complex game. Perfecting chess involves working on multiple areas of the game at the same time. Most club players focus just on a few elements from the training chart and thus experience a slow progress [or sometimes no progress at all]. One of the most common questions we receive is something like “what should I work on to get better at chess”? Of course, it is impossible to generalize for every single player, but the training chart gives a pretty good idea of what most chess players should focus on. Let's get started, and I promise after reading this in-depth analysis you will have a much better understanding of what needs to be done.
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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
8 Chess Openings Played by Magnus Carlsen
Yury Markushin
11.14.2016
Yury Markushin
Every player wants to play like famous Magnus Carlsen. We saw him crashing his competition, winning tournament after tournament and match after match. He has many perks including photographic memory, super-human IQ and ability to stay focused for 6-7 hours straight.That’s not the only reason he is so successful. His opening preparation has to do a lot with many of his wins. Today we will take a look at 8 chess openings that help Calrsen stay on top of the rating list and keep the World Championship title.
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11 Best Games on Queen’s Gambit Declined
Yury Markushin
04.08.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen's Gambit Declined is a very popular variation of the Queen's Gambit in which black declines the pawn sacrifice offered by white. Move 2...e6 supports the central pawn, and releases the dark squared bishop. Black obtains a solid position, but gives white some edge in the center as well as making light squared bishop passive. In some variations black can totally give up the center playing ...dxc4. This defense is probably one of the safest ways for black to treat 1.d4. Many great games were played with this opening and will will explore some of them in this article.
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The Czech Benoni: Explained
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.20.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The so-called Czech Benoni Defense is one of the weapons black can use to fight 1.d4. This defense is suitable for those looking to get their opponents into a closed, strategical position with chances for all three results. In this Czech Benoni the second player is not looking for a “sound position” close to equality, but aiming to fight for the initiative and avoid the well-known paths of modern theory in all other defenses.
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