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how to beat grandmasters
Yury Markushin
05.29.2017
Yury Markushin
Finding a good opening is not an easy task. Many club players get confused with all the information available and not sure what to select. The things become especially tricky when it comes to playing with black pieces.  Should you play the Sicilian, Spanish or Caro-Kann? How should you study the openings and where do you get the information? Do you need dozens of books and chess courses to understand the opening well enough to be competitive?
Training Tips
15 Laws of Chess Training
Yury Markushin
01.12.2015
Yury Markushin
Today we will talk about 15 most important laws of chess training. We will discuss how you should approach chess training, how to prevent common problems and how not to become an average chess player. Here it is.
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How to Unlock Your Grandmaster Mind
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.23.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Understanding the game of chess is not something exclusive to the world top players. Chess can be understood by all chess fans and enthusiasts who are willing to learn new things about the game every day. In this article, we would like to explain to you how you can improve your level and get closer to the mind of a Grandmaster.
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3 Biggest Psychological Blocks That Prevent You from Improving at Chess
Yury Markushin
04.17.2015
Yury Markushin
Many chess players want to improve their game. Most, however, do not realize that psychology plays a huge role in this process. Today we will talk about 3 most deadly and common mental blocks that prevent 90% of chess players from improving at chess. These 3 simple things, if addressed, can make a huge difference in your game. The first one is…
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Opening Tips
The Maroczy Bind
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
11.11.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Maroczy Bind refers to the pawn structure usually employed by white as a weapon against the Sicilian. Named after the Hungarian Grandmaster Gyza Maroczy, it has been considered for a long time as the most uncomfortable set-up against the Sicilian Defense.
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6 Best Games on Queen’s Indian Defense
Yury Markushin
12.28.2016
Yury Markushin
Queen’s Indian Defense is a very solid opening which utilizes the queen’s side bishop to control the center and the long diagonal.  Black focuses on controlling the center with pieces rather than pawns like in all Indian systems.  Queen’s Indian borrows some of its ideas from Nimzo-Indian setups. Both openings use the same idea of allowing white to build a strong center, before attempting to undermine it.  This is a popular hyper-modern approach, which may turn out very effective on the amateur level. Today we will look at some of the best games on Queen’s Indian.
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The  Caro-Kann: Exchange Variation
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.20.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
It is not the first time in our series of articles that we mention the popularity that the Caro-Kann has been enjoying for the last few years. It is a defense with an old reputation of being passive and only suitable for those positional players who like to keep the game quiet.
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