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5 bad habits every aspiring player should avoid
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.13.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess clubs are often the first place to visit once a kid or even grown-up falls in love with the game of chess. One does not look immediately for advanced guidance, coach or start reading books; we look for the nearest chess club and check out their schedule and we go to that magic place as soon as we can. The beginnings are all about learning, meeting new people and engaging in chess activities such as lectures, tournaments and the most common one: casual blitz, endless sessions of the casual blitz.
Training Tips
5 Types of Chess Players Which Are Impossible to Improve
Yury Markushin
11.13.2015
Yury Markushin
Every chess player wants to improve their game. There are some players, for which improving is extremely difficult. And we’re not talking about those players who hit their rating ceiling, plateaued or physically (or should I say theoretically) are not capable of playing better chess. No, these players cannot improve for completely different reasons. Curious? Read on.
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How to Work on Chess with Computers: 5 Simple Steps
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.29.2018
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The importance of computers in modern chess is undeniable, but how important is it to you if you are in the 1900-2300 ELO range? I often get this kind of question from students who are quite addicted to the engine’s evaluation in almost every position. In this article, I will reveal my thoughts on working with computers and hopefully it will serve those seeking to make themselves better players.
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5 Most Useful Chess Skills You Can Learn in 5 Days
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.07.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In order to improve at chess every player must work hard and invest some daily time and effort. There are many things you can work on, from openings to endgame, tactics and the middlegame. However, there are  few basic skills one must develop and constantly train. The consistency of training is perhaps one of the single most important things a chess player can do in order to be successful. Similarly to exercising in a gym, working on your game is a process. The improvement will be gradual, but definite if you keep applying yourself. Here are the 5 most useful chess skills you can learn in just 5 days!

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Counter-Attacking in Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Setup
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.25.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
  The Sicilian defense is probably the most dynamic response against 1.e4. The philosophy of this opening is not just to achieve a position with equal chances, but to fight for the initiative from the very start of the game. In this article, we are going to examine the positions arising from the sharp Najdorf/ Scheveningen variations, (they can also arise from the Taimanov/Kan variations as well).
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Alternative Way to Beat The Sicilian Dragon: Play It Simple with 6.g3
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.19.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Dragon variation is one of the most complex lines of the Sicilian Defense. Generally, those who play the Dragon are well prepared players looking to lure their opponents into sharp positions full of tactical traps. One interesting thing about this variation, is that, for white, the Yugoslav attack (Be3, f3, Qd2 etc) has been established (and for a good reason) as the principal way of playing against black's aggressive intentions.
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Queen’s Pawn Opening: Surprising Black
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.15.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Nowadays it is difficult to find new ideas in the opening. Most of the main lines have been thoroughly analyzed and some sidelines are too risky to even try. Nevertheless, there are still systems that have not been deeply examined yet, as is the case of the variation that we will present you in this article.
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