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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
5 Proven Ways to Improve at Chess
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.16.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Improving at chess has to be one of the most mysterious things in all sports. The training of the mind is not as easily measured as the physical training, for example. While running, lifting weights or swimming will transform you and you will see results in a short amount of time after doing it, it is not that simple with chess. There is one phrase by the great Viktor Korchnoi that can resume this: “Chess you don’t learn, chess you understand”!
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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 by all costs in order to get better at chess.
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Developing The Sense of Danger
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.24.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Creating a suitable working plan in order to improve our chess is never easy. It is very important to find the right material, but it is perhaps even more important to know what to work on. This can only be done by analyzing your own games and trying to find your weaknesses. You have to draw your own conclusions and decide what part of the game you have to work on.
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Opening Tips
7 Best Games Played with Evans Gambit
Yury Markushin
03.08.2017
Yury Markushin
The Evans Gambit is an aggressive line of Giuoco Piano. The opening is named after William Evans, who is the first player to use it. This opening quickly became a popular choice for many great masters including Anderssen, Morphy, and Chigorin. Eventually, Emanuel Lasker came up with the novelty that allowed getting an upper hand by returning the pawn. The opening was not popular for the majority of the 20th century, up until Garry Kasparov won some decisive games with it. Today we will see some of the best games played with the Evans Gambit.
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Positional Play Against Sicilian Taimanov: The Yudasin Formula
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
07.18.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The Taimanov variation of the Sicilian is one of the toughest Sicilians to play against. In the recent years, this line has become one of the main weapons for black against 1.e4. This rising popularity is given by the success obtained by top Grandmasters with it. Not only elite players like Vishy Anand, Topalov and Ivanchuk employ it from time to time, but also many strong players ranked above 2600-2700.
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Fighting King’s Indian Defense: The Saemisch Part 2
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.20.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
In previous article WGM Raluca Sgîrcea and IM Renier Castellanos have explored the Saemisch variation of the King's Indian Defense, especially focusing on what happens after white take the pawn 7.dxc5. This article will concentrates its attention on a more popular variation 7.d5.  
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