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5 things to do in winning positions
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In one of our last articles, we were giving you some practical advice on how to play in worse/ losing positions. Today we are going to talk about a perhaps even more difficult situation – positions where you are much better or even winning. We say more difficult because it is when most mistakes happen and the position can suddenly turn around and we find ourselves on the difficult side. Many players tend to relax when they feel like they are winning and a moment of loss of concentration can prove very dangerous. The influence of a bad move in a winning position is most of all psychological; many players are not able to get over the fact that they have gone from a completely winning position to one that is only slightly better or even equal and they quickly collapse as a result.
Training Tips
10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.03.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
For many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity. The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.
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5 Steps to Calculating Likes a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
10.12.2015
Yury Markushin
All chess players know that grandmasters can calculate many moves ahead, evaluate the position, and deliver the final blow. How do they do that? Is there a way an ordinary chess player can learn to calculate many moves ahead like masters do? In this article, we will answer those questions and show you a simple schematic that will tremendously help at calculating moves.
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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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Opening Tips
Fort Knox Variation in The French Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.22.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The French defense is a very popular choice nowadays among chess players of all levels. It’s quite flexible and it offers black unbalanced positions almost in any line. In this article we will have an inside look in the so called Fort Knox variation of the French and we will see how to play against it.
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Fighting the Slav Defense with the Rausis Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.03.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Slav defense is possibly among the top three choices for black against 1.d4. After the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3, white not only must know the main line of the Slav with 4...dxc4 but also, but he should also be prepared against the move 4...e6, the Semi-Slav variation. The amount of theory written in these two possible choices for black is quite big and can be overwhelming for the player not interested in memorizing the principal lines.
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New Trends in The Italian Opening
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.08.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Through the years the Italian opening, also known as Giocco Pianno (Italian for “quiet game”) has always been under the shadow of the ever popular Ruy Lopez as white’s main weapon against 1…e5. One of the reasons for this is that the positions arising from the Italian are far less complex than the ones that can arise in the Ruy Lopez’s labyrinth.
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