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learning from alekhine play
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.24.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
There is probably little we could say about Alexander Alekhine that is new to our readers. He is considered to be one of the greatest players ever and his games are an inspiration to every chess aficionado. He became the fourth World Champion in 1927, after defeating the Cuban legend Jose Raul Capablanca. He defended his title until 1935 when his reign was put on hold for a short time by Max Euwe. However, he regained the title in 1937 and kept it until his death, in 1946.
Training Tips
The 5 Whys Method: Analyzing Your Chess
Yury Markushin
11.18.2015
Yury Markushin
Many players want to find the cause of their chess problems, but have no idea how to do that. Even when they analyze their games they do not dig deep enough in order to identify the very root of the problem. In today’s article we will talk about one very famous method that can be applied for finding the problems in one’s game, the Method of Five Whys.  
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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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10 Ways to Improve Your Calculation Skills
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.27.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Chess is mostly about tactics. That doesn’t necessarily mean complicated combinations, but simply minor operations that take place at every instance of the game. The positional ideas and concepts often have to be backed up with accurate calculation or in extreme cases they can only be enforced by precise and well-calculated variations. Therefore, the calculation is the muscle of every chess player.
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Opening Tips
King’s Indian Defense Dealing with the Four Pawns Attack
Yury Markushin
06.20.2016
Yury Markushin
The four pawns attack is one of the most aggressive lines against the King’s Indian Defense. From a very early stage in the opening white grabs a considerable amount of space, hoping to put black in a crammed position. The drawback of this system is that sometimes white finds himself overextended and his mass of pawns in the center becomes a weakness rather than strength.
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Opening Weapon for Grand Prix Sicilian Players
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
06.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Grand Prix variation against the Sicilian is among the lines that most people study once and move on. A short knowledge of the theory and a few clear ideas is enough to play against it. However, when meeting a specialist of the line, that may not be enough. A few years ago, I was playing 2...d6 followed by 3...g6 against the Grand Prix variation.
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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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