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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
5 Most Effective Chess Training Techniques You Have to Try
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.14.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Have you ever felt like you have reached the top of your level? Times goes by and you see no improvement in your play? In this article we want to give you 5 training tips that could change this situation drastically. Each one of us has different strengths and weaknesses, as well as different amount of time available for chess. However, there are general and tested methods that guarantee improvement within months. Here is a list with what we consider the most effective exercises.
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7 Things to Do Before a Chess Game
Yury Markushin
10.28.2016
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are asking what they should do right before an important game to help their performance. There are many different things to take into consideration but I’m focusing only on the most important ones. I’m giving you an outline of 7 things you should do just few hours before the round to positively influence your game. Here we go!
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Top 7 Deadly Training Mistakes to Avoid
Yury Markushin
09.10.2015
Yury Markushin
"How to improve at chess" is perhaps the most common and important question a chess player of any strength asks. In today's article, we will focus more closely on this very important topic. Together, we will try to understand what are the seven training mistakes that you should avoid at all costs in order to get better at chess.
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Opening Tips
Philidor Defense: Everything You Need To Know
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.02.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Philidor Defense is an excellent practical weapon to play for a win with the black pieces. The opening name is given thanks to the famous 18th century player François Andre Danican Philidor, who advocated 2...d6 as an alternative to the common 2...Nc6. Philidor's original idea was to play f7-f5 on the next move, challenging white's center.
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The Torre Attack Against the Nimzo – Queen’s Indian Defenses
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.21.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
This article is a continuation to our previous survey on the Torre Attack against the Indian Defenses with 1…Nf6 and 2...g6. Once we have studied the Torre system against the Fianchetto Defenses, it is time to have a look inside the equally popular Nimzo/ Queen’s Indian tandem.
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Openings for White: Keeping an Edge Against the Modern 1…g6
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.18.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Nowadays, when the flow of information is open for everyone and theory is so deeply developed in the most popular openings, the move 1...g6 as response to 1.e4 has become trendier. The main reason is “to avoid” theory and get the first player into a complicated position where he is forced to thinking by himself.
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