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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
10 Chess Patterns Every Player Should Know
Yury Markushin
10.31.2016
Yury Markushin
We always hear strong players talking about the importance of recognizing chess patterns. What do they mean by that? What are these magical chess patterns we need to know and recognize? If you’re confused don’t worry, after reading this article you won’t be. You will understand exactly what chess patterns are and will learn 10 very important chess patters that every chess player should know.
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10 Reasons Why It Rocks to be a Chess Player
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.03.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
For many years chess has been perceived as a “nerdy game”, but lately it has gained a lot of popularity. The chess scene is full of strong youngsters who are not afraid to fight the more experienced top Grandmasters. More and more parents become interested in the game and want their kids to learn chess, whether it is in order to start competing or just for fun.
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One Hour Chess Challenge
Yury Markushin
09.13.2015
Yury Markushin
Most players complain that studying chess is hard and extremely time consuming. They say something among these lines: “I would study chess, but my life is too short for that, I have other responsibilities…” These players think that to study chess you need to give up everything else, and focus solely on the game.  
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Opening Tips
10 Greatest Opening Traps
Yury Markushin
10.05.2016
Yury Markushin
Every chess player wants to learn opening traps not only to safeguard themselves from unexpected trouble but also to use them as weapon to win games. There are many basic and well known traps like Fools and Scholar mate that everyone knows about. Here we will discuss far more sophisticated and advanced traps that happened in games of strong players.
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The Sharp Semi-Slav Defense
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.11.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most popular options nowadays against 1.d4 is the so called Semi Slav Defense. It is a complex opening in which black is able to fight for the initiative without taking any major positional risks. The Semi Slav was one of Kasparov's most dangerous weapons when he was in his prime, but many other attacking players like Shirov, Dreev, Topalov have also played it with success.
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The King’s Gambit: A Look in The Present Day
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
09.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The famous King's Gambit is a romantic variation from an ancient time. This opening gave to the theory of chess incredibly beautiful games, full of tactics and material sacrifices. Concepts like material against time, fast development, attacking the king in the center at all cost started with openings like this. The King's Gambit was employed by some of the greatest players of all times, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky being among the most remarkable names.
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