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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
5 Ways to Start Thinking Like a Grandmaster
Yury Markushin
11.16.2016
Yury Markushin
Regardless the level of play or strength, there is one thing that every dedicated player can achieve and that is the ability to “think like a GM”. Very often we struggle with problems such as poor calculation skills, lack of opening preparation, little endgame knowledge or even handling the time pressure that prevent us from reaching a higher level.
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How I became an International Master, and You Can Too
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.25.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most frequent questions I get from chess students and friends is “How did you become an International Master?” Especially those who are starting often ask this question; as if there was a formula they could follow in order to do the same.
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Interactive Chess Training
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
05.10.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Very often we are asked about training tips and methods to improve one’s own play by doing individual training. As we have written in the past, working alone is quite difficult for beginners. There is no guidance and therefore no feedback on whether you’re doing it right or wrong. In other words, it is easy to get lost and not see any sign of improvement. For this reason, we have always advocated the figure of a trainer.
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Opening Tips
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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Crushing Attacks Against the Sicilian: The Keres Attack
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
12.11.2015
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The “Keres Attack” against the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian is a well known name among the chess aficionados all over the world. However, knowing the origin, the main ideas and the players who developed this variation and converted it into the most dangerous weapon against the Scheveningen is another thing.
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10 Best Games on King’s Gambit
Yury Markushin
12.14.2016
Yury Markushin
King’s Gambit is one of the most popular openings for past 300 years. It was played by many strongest players including William Steinitz, Bobby Fischer, David Bronstein and Boris Spassky. It is a true gambit, with many aggressive and super aggressive lines. This opening may be especially effective on club level, since many players are unprepared to face it and play it correctly. Here are some of the best games played with King’s Gambit.
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