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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
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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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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Visualization Chess Training
Yury Markushin
04.29.2015
Yury Markushin
Position visualization is a very important ability. This ability allows a chess player to calculate tactics precisely multiple moves ahead and most importantly it makes it possible to picture and evaluate the final position correctly. This is exactly what Magnus Carlsen was referring to when he was asked how many moves ahead he can calculate. Carlsen replied that the trick is to evaluate the final position, not simply to calculate the moves.
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Opening Tips
The London System On the Spotlight
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
02.05.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
The London System (meaning 1.d4 followed by 2.Nf3 (Bf4) and 3.Bf4 (Nf3), regardless of black's response, is an extremely popular weapon among club players. It has always been considered a second hand opening choice for white with a reputation of being dull, un-interesting and suitable only for the “lazy players” who don't want to learn any main stream openings.
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Big question: 1.e4 or 1.d4?
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
01.13.2017
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
One of the most frequently asked questions from amateurs to masters is the simple “what is better – 1.e4 or 1.d4?” However, the answer to this question is not that trivial and it depends on many factors. In this article we will try to give you our views and some explanations that will hopefully help you make your own choice.
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Strategy in the Nimzo-Indian and Queen’s Gambit
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
03.02.2016
WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos
Continuing our series of articles on typical pawn structures, we would like to show our readers a very common structure that arises from queen's pawn openings. See the diagram below.
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