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7 players for tactics
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
10.20.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Developing a good sense of tactics is essential in chess. As positional as you may be and as strategical as you may play, there always comes a moment during the game where you have to show that you can also control the tactical side. It is like an exam, where you have to show that you’ve learned all the lessons well. If you want to sharpen your tactical vision and be able to play an attacking game, it does not suffice to only limit yourself to solving puzzles. You have to play through many attacking games and understand the ideas behind the moves players make in order to learn the subtleties of building a successful attack and handling a dynamic position. In this article, we are going to indicate you the names of some aggressive players by excellence whose games are a good point of the start if you want to improve your tactical skills.
Training Tips
5 Things for Becoming a Better Chess Player without a Coach
NM Viktor Neustroev
07.08.2017
NM Viktor Neustroev
It’s hard to imagine that it's possible to become a master without a coach. But before I share a few tips and ideas how to work on chess by yourself, I should definitely say that if you have an option to hire a coach, you should do this. Working together with a good coach will benefit you the most. A good coach can help you to improve certain aspects of your play which you can hardly spot by yourself. However, in this article, I want to tell you how to train most effectively on your own.
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How to Play Against a Chess Master – A Practical Advice
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.22.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
If you are an active player you have probably already been paired against a much stronger opponent at least once in the tournaments you’ve played. It is clear that this will never be an easy encounter, but it is important that you know how to approach the game and how to set your mind for it. There are many players who feel discouraged when they see themselves in such a situation and they think that they will stand no chance against such a strong player.
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3 Easy Steps to Start Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
02.01.2017
Yury Markushin
Many chess players are struggling to improve. They spend countless hours researching different “effective” ways to study, finding coaches, reading books, courses, etc. etc. Chess improvement is a straightforward process, especially for those rated under 2200 FIDE. Nevertheless, majority of players struggle to achieve any improvement and if it happens it is a very slow and unpredictable process. What’s going on here? Why is it the case? In this article, I will share a simple 3-step approach that you can use to improve your game.
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Opening Tips
Playing Against Closed Sicilian: The Old Recipe
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
04.22.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
When writing about the closed variation, it is impossible not to mention the ex-World Champions Vassily Smyslov and Boris Spassky. Each one had their own style and they contributed enormously to enriching the theory on this great opening.
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What is New in Theory? (November 2016)
Chessbibliophile
11.10.2016
Chessbibliophile
ChessPublishing.com is a well-known site devoted to opening theory. This column deals with updates on recent developments from the site. Focus would be bothon topical variationsand rare lines that can be used in practice-Ed.
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Fighting Against the Caro Kann Defense  with 4.h4!?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
08.21.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Caro Kann Defense is well known for being a solid defense against white's 1.e4. For many years, it had a reputation of being a passive opening, suitable for a player who is happy playing for a draw. Nothing more distant from the truth!
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